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May 16, 2011

Dealing with Seasonal Allergies

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Seasonal allergies

If the warmer temperatures and the blooming flowers haven’t clued you in, the arrival of seasonal allergies is sure to let you know that spring is here. If the symptoms have notoriously let loose upon you, don’t lose hope; you’re not the only one. Patients experience seasonal allergy symptomssuch as runny nose, irritated eyes, and congestion. To prevent or reduce the occurrence of seasonal allergies with the additional aid of allergy medication , there are a number of simple “at home” measures one can put to the test.

Looking out for high pollen counts : Before heading outside, plan ahead and check the local pollen count. Avoiding the outdoors when the pollen count is high is a definite way to greatly reduce the severity of seasonal allergies especially if pollen is an allergen for you. Pollen counts are usually higher during mid day, 10 am to 2 pm, although factors including humidity and location affect the pollen count as well. When the pollen count is higher avoid going outside. Planning outdoor activities when the pollen count is low will help you enjoy your day without the interference of allergies.

Keeping Clean : After being outside, change your clothes, and take a shower. This will minimize your exposure to outdoor allergens. This is most beneficial if you happen to step out when the pollen count is high

Use the Dryer: If you don’t suffer from seasonal allergies, hanging your clothes outside to dry is a commendable method of saving energy. For the rest of you, it is best if you use the dryer because hanging laundry outside will cause a large build up of allergens on your clothes.

Good Housekeeping : If you also suffer from year-round allergies, then it is best to prevent them from occurring as well because when it comes to allergies, the more is not the merrier. Typical year-round allergies, often caused by allergens such as dust and mold, are best avoided when there is no place for accumulation of said allergens. Mold typically accumulates in the bathroom; thus, to avoid mold growth, leave the fan running up to thirty minutes after a shower or baths. Reduce clutter in your home lest the amount of objects that dust can settle on.

The Benefits of Music

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Music benefits

Music is part of our everyday lives. We hear it in the elevator, in the malls, and while we drive. We think of music as something to dance or relax to when it is actually much more than that. A study done by Michael Miller, M.D., director of the preventive cardiology at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, shows that music has many more health benefits that you think.

Music can help to lower blood pressure naturally. A recent study indicates that listening to music such as classical or Celtic music can assist in lowering blood pressure as much as cutting salt out of your diet or losing a few pounds can. Music can lower the risk of heart disease from 5-15%. Although music should not replace any blood pressure medication or exercise, it can always help! It is not known if music has long term effects.

Music that has a strong beat can sync your brainwaves which can increase alertness and sharpen concentration. The change in brainwave activity allows the brain to shift speeds when necessary. Music with a slower tempo brings upon a calm state of mind and improves the ability to focus long after listening to music.

Music can also slow down our breathing and our heart rate. This causes your body to relax, which prevents chronic stress from occurring. Music can result in a positive state of mind which can help to overcome depression and anxiety. People who have suffered depression felt like they could control the pain with music. Music naturally releases endorphins which act like a natural pain killer. Music distracts someone from pain which encourages relaxation.

Listening to soothing music for at least half an hour a day can help reduce stress. Moreover, listening to music while falling asleep can ensure that we get the sleep we need by taking away stress, depression, and anxiety that we might take to our beds from a tough day. Music can also boost exercise performance and can increase energy.

It is now easy to see that music is not just here to keep us entertained while driving to work; it is so much more than that. With so many benefits for our health and mind, it’s no wonder there’s music everywhere we go.