Just about everyone has a yard, and almost every yard has grass. We grow it, water it, feed, and mow it. As a country, Americans spent about 29 billion (with a 'b') dollars on lawn care in 2015. Ironically the pharmaceutical allergy industry also earned close to 7 billion dollars in 2016. If I do the math in my head, and I'm terrible at math, I think we 're paying about $100 each, a year, to have green grass so 50 million people with grass allergies can buy more Zyrtec and Claritin. Seriously?
Knowing what you're allergic to and when you're allergy season is matters. Make sure you use a reliable pollen forecast map or app to know what to plan for. Keep a list of foods that have cross-reactive proteins and that trigger an allergic response.
5 Neat Facts
1. It can take up to three seasons of pollen exposure before symptoms arise, so if you moved from Georgia to Vermont and suddenly get allergies after living there for several years, now you know.
2. Tall, wild grass causes 2 out of every 10 people to have an allergic response, so remember to cut your grass.
3. Hayfever has nothing to do with hay or fevers; grass and ragweed pollen actually cause it.
4. Dr. Bassett writes in his book, "The New Allergy Solution," "Research shows that the air in a thunderstorm carries a concentration of grass pollen four to twelve times normal counts." Holy flying pollen!
5. Late summer is when southern grasses like Johnson and Bermuda are making the most pollen.
3 Positive Steps You Can Take
1. Get more good bacteria in by taking Lactobacillus paracasei (LP-11) from foods like fermented dairy products to reduce your allergic response.
2. Drink up to 4 cups of Oolong tea a day for reducing nasal congestion and boosting immune support.
3. Don't use Bermuda or Fescue grass in your yard because they are the worst pollen offenders.