Health - General Health
It may be contrary to your thought, but some people have more sick days in warmer months. Getting out in the summer is one thing most people look forward to. Swimming and water skiing are a couple of the signature summer sports. The enjoyment of these activities can be decreased by seasonal allergies and illness.
Summer is a great time for travel. The world has many things to explore, and unfortunately there are pathogens that like to explore us. That's not something that we normally think about, but that how things like bird flu and SARS make the jump from their Asian origins to areas in North America and Europe.
An allergic reaction happens when the immune system treats common substances as threatening. In some cases that is pollen, in others it's certain kinds of dust or chemicals such as exhaust fumes.
These things are not normally harmful, but the body reacts as if it does. For most people, inhaling dust or pollen does not cause a reaction because correctly identifies these things as non-threatening. This is a manufactured threat by the body. Oddly enough this can be relieved by having a balanced immune system.
When we make the transition from indoor to outdoor activity it can be a shock to our immune system. The outdoor activities bring us in contact with new bacteria and viruses in addition to the common allergens.
Take some time to strengthen the immune system to avoid illness and allergies. This makes sense for fighting off viruses and bacteria, but how does this affect allergies? One mechanism for making a stronger immune system is to increase the amount of interferon in the body. When the immune system gets back into balance the reaction to allergens will not be as strong.
There are several natural supplements available that can boost the immune system. When investigating a supplement, check both the short term effectiveness and long term safety. Check for data on these factors and look over the research material available.