Allergy season is getting into high gear.
Your mom is suffering more than she did when you were a kid. That’s actually common. Weakening immunities can make allergy season more of an annoyance as you age. There are ways you can help boost the immune system to make your mom get through allergy season a little easier.
Add Anti-Inflammatory Foods to Her Diet
Foods that help fight inflammation can help with allergy symptoms. Some of the foods you should add to your mom’s diet are ginger, berries, apples, and flax seed. Start your mom’s day off with a smoothie made with frozen blueberries, fresh ginger root, and almond milk.
Leafy green vegetables also help fight inflammation. Tomatoes, nuts, and fish that are high in fatty acids also help.
Cut Sugars and Processed Foods
Processed foods that are high in fats, sugars, and sodium won’t help with your mom’s diet. She should avoid fried foods, soda and sugary beverages, deli meat, and refined carbohydrates in things like white bread, packaged cookies, and cakes.
Relax With Yoga
Get your mom to participate in a yoga program. Research is finding that high levels of stress can impact immunities. If your mom is stressed, a relaxing activity like yoga, tai chi, or meditation can help. She can participate in a fitness group at a local senior center or talk to her doctor for recommendations on home videos to try.
When All Else Fails
Keeping windows closed when pollen counts are high will also help. If your mom is really suffering, an air purifier can help. If you have to purchase one, look for a unit that fits the size of the room where your mom spends most of her time.
If your mom likes to hang her laundry outside, have her stop until the pollen counts die down. Drying clothes in the fresh air is a great way to reduce energy consumption, but she’s bringing in pollen on her dried items.
Talk to her doctor about allergy medications that are safe for her to take. Blood pressure medications and many others can make certain over-the-counter medications unsafe. Her doctor can tell you the medications you can buy that won’t conflict with the medications she is taking to improve her health.
Caregivers can help your mom get through her regular chores when she’s not feeling her best. Hire help for tasks like meal preparation, laundry, dusting, and vacuuming. To get started, call a home care agency
If you or an aging loved-one are considering Home Health Care in Glencoe, IL, call the caring staff at LifeCare In-Home Care & In-Home Services. Call (888) 606-4199 LifeCare serves all of the Chicago Metro Area.
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