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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Good morning readers today I want to discuss mold allergies. With all the wet weather we have been having there are many who have allergies to mold and probably don't even know it. So what can mold allergies do?
Mold & Mildew Allergies

As you probably already know, molds are something you should stay away from. Inhaling or touching them can cause immediate or delayed symptoms, including sneezing and runny nose. Exposure to mold can even affect non-allergic people, irritating the eyes, skin, nose, throat, and lungs.

Mold reproduces through tiny airborne spores. When they land on a wet surface, mold can start to grow indoors. Since mold needs moisture to survive, the trick is to keep your home dry. Places to guard against mold are: basements, bathrooms, shower stalls, refrigerator drip trays, house plants, humidifiers and garbage pails. 

If you have a mold allergy, your immune system overreacts when you breathe in mold spores. This reaction triggers a cascade of reactions that lead to allergy symptoms. Like other allergies, a mold allergy can make you cough, make your eyes itch and cause other symptoms that make you miserable. In some people, mold allergy is linked to asthma and exposure causes restricted breathing and other airway symptoms.
If you have a mold allergy, the best defense is to reduce your exposure to the types of mold that cause your reaction. While it isn't always possible to avoid mold allergy triggers, medications can help keep mold allergy reactions under control.

 Mold and mildew are fungi. They differ from plants or animals in how they reproduce and grow. The "seeds," called spores, are spread by the wind outdoors and by air indoors. Some spores are released in dry, windy weather. Others are released with the fog or dew when humidity is high.Mold spores can deposit on the lining of the nose and cause hay fever symptoms. They also can reach the lungs, to cause asthma or another serious illness called allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis.Sometimes the reaction is immediate, and sometimes the reaction is delayed. Symptoms often worsen in a damp or moldy room such as a basement; this may suggest mold allergy.
At the end of the day the best way to protect yourself from mold allergies is to keep your home dry and make sure to keep your living conditions clean. Something as simple as wiping down your shower can eliminate the threat of fungi in your bathroom.

Because it is almost summer I want to do a nice simple smoothie recipe that overall is allergy free but at the same time fun tasty and if you want you can even spice it up as and adult beverage so enjoy and have fun.

The Forest fruit smoothie

serves 2
1 1/2 cups orange juice (organic preferably) 
1 banana, sliced and frozen
3 cups frozen fruits ( such as blueberries, raspberries and blackberries)

Decorate with slices of fresh strawberry

Pour the orange juice into a food processor ( or use my favorite the Ninja) Add banana and half of the forest fruits and blend until smooth.

Add the remaining forest fruits and blend until smooth. Pour the mixture into tall glasses and decorate the rims with slices of fresh strawberry. Add straws and serve. Have a great day and I'll have a new recipe for you to enjoy allergy free.
Till tomorrow on life around the allergies

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