Cycling with Allergies and Asthma

We cyclists are a healthy bunch. Still, seasonal allergies or even asthma can keep us from riding to our full potential. With these warmer than average temperatures and springtime just around the corner, the clean crisp air of winter may soon be gone.

Spring in Ash Canyon
Spring is just around the corner…

My brother recently wrote an interesting article over on his site, Thrive Natural Family Medicine. It’s not about cycling specifically, but it does offer some helpful, natural advice for dealing with allergies and asthma. Here’s an excerpt from the post:

What Can a Groundhog Tell Us About Asthma?

February 2, is Groundhog day. Since the 18th century this furry fella has ventured out of his burrow to help predict if winter will last another six weeks or if spring will come early. While there is no validity to the prediction, the truth is that in many parts of the world, spring has been coming earlier. NPR recently reported that spring comes a few days earlier than it did a few decades ago. A few days does not seem like much, but when you look at the effects on the ecosystem, it is profound. Similarly, if you suffer from asthma or allergies, it can be a serious problem.

Last year many cities reported record or near record pollen counts. If you suffer from asthma or allergies, you know that this translates into having to use more medication. Over 80% of those with asthma have allergies to airborne substances, so obviously pollen should be on their radar. So what can you do if you suffer from asthma and allergies and want to add something more natural to your arsenal? Adding quercetin to your diet may help.

Continue reading this article over on Thrive to learn more about quercetin, and how it could help you breathe better this spring! Full article here:

2 thoughts on “Cycling with Allergies and Asthma

  1. Also worth mentioning: Studies show that quercetin can boost endurance even if you don’t exercise

    J.Mark Davis, Catherine J. Carlstedt, et al. Department of Applied Physiology, Department of Exercise Science, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina. International Journal of Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, 20: 1-13 (2009).

    Participants in the above study experienced a 13.9% increase in their performance. Also significant in the study was that individuals taking the quercetin experienced a 3.9% increase in their VO2 max (a measurement of how quickly our body burns oxygen for energy).

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