Does this sound familiar?
Only 30 minutes until the big meeting. You stayed up studying the numbers last night, and you are ready for this. You are pretty sure you’ll nail it. Except you are not feeling your best. You have itchy, red eyes and can’t stop sneezing. Your head is killing you. You have seasonal allergies and yes, ‘tis the season. You take an over-the-counter antihistamine, and you hope for the best. Maybe another cup of coffee and a quick walk will help, too. This meeting is too important to miss.
The meeting started, and it’s almost your turn to give your presentation. You feel more awake, so the coffee must have worked, but you stuff a few tissues in your pocket just in case. You stand for your turn, and begin your speech with confidence.
Oh no, it’s starting again. Sneeze. Wipe. Sneeze. You ask to be excused for the interruption.
Then it happens again, and your eyes feel irritated, too. Someone asks if you are ok, because you look like you’ve been crying. “Yes, I’m fine” you say. “It’s just allergies.”
As you go through the numbers with continued and unwelcomed interruptions from your eyes, throat and nose, you think to yourself “why did the medicine I took not work?” Maybe it reduced the number of times you sneezed slightly, but you still don’t feel good at all. In fact, it kind of made you feel spacey. What a farce. You wonder if anything really works for allergies, or if maybe you’ll just always have to deal with this.
I know this for sure, my friend. You don’t have to deal with it.
Are you sniffling, sneezing and suffering from seasonal airborne allergies? You aren’t alone. Ragweed and other common allergens affect up to 30% of the US population. The ragweed season will last until the first hard freeze, and will cause itchy, watery eyes, scratchy throat, runny nose, coughing, sinus pressure and poor sleep quality. Allergies are no fun, and not only are they an inconvenience, but they can cause complications like sinus infections or ear infections from drainage and inflammation.
Over-the-counter allergy medicines are dangerous. The side effects include nausea, headache, muscle aches, diarrhea, cramps, and upset stomach. If taken long-term, these medicines can cause liver damage and increased inflammation that can actually INCREASE allergic reactions in the future.
The definition of medicine is a compound or preparation used for the treatment or prevention of a disease.
I don’t know about you, but it seems to me like these over-the-counter medicines aren’t medicines at all. They are poisonous drugs. They may help symptoms in the short-term, but they don’t help you toward health or well-being. They make you sicker.
The great news is that there are natural, safe, and effective approaches to treating allergies that will help you achieve a higher level of health and wellness. A safe, natural approach to wellness will never leave you with negative side effects like the over-the-counter allergy medicines will. Natural approaches, like immune-boosting vitamins, will leave you feeling better than ever, full of energy and with an enhanced sense of well-being.
It helps to understand what causes allergies. Allergies are an abnormal response by the immune system to normally occurring substances in the environment. When the immune system isn’t working right, it will attack non-threatening substances because it interprets them as dangerous. Avoiding the allergen or allergens will help, but with an allergy like ragweed, it may be impossible to avoid it. Treatment and regulation of the immune system becomes the best and most effective natural treatment for allergies.
6 Vitamins to Help You Beat Fall Allergies
1. Vitamin C
Several well-known vitamins and supplements help support the immune system, but perhaps none do as much as the famous as Vitamin C. Phagocytes and t-cells are both cells of the immune system that store vitamin C and use it to perform their immunity tasks. Higher levels of vitamin C in the system improve their immune response and lower levels of vitamin C reduce their response and contribute to decreased resistance. Vitamin C is also a natural anti-inflammatory (which helps with aches and pains) and a natural antihistamine. So you could say that taking Vitamin C, especially in doses over 2,000 mg, could be helpful for several allergy symptoms like sneezing, drainage and itchy, red eyes. The only side effects would be positive ones, like adrenal support, better daytime energy, and improved skin.
2. Colostrum Complete
Colostrumis another well-known immune-boosting supplement. It works by providing beneficial antibodies that give your immune system the blueprints for attacking lots of different viruses and bacteria. Colostrum can also help heal a leaky gut, which is a common cause of food allergies such as gluten intolerance.
3. Vitamin D
Vitamin D is often associated with bone health, but it’s been more recently identified as a critical element of the immune system, just like vitamin C. Vitamin D can modulate both adaptive and innate immune responses. The adaptive immune response eliminates specific pathogens and prevents their growth. The innate immune response is more general. Low levels of vitamin D are associated with autoimmune disorders, as well as overall lower immune response.
4. Curcumin Ultimate
Curcumin Ultimate is a very effective antioxidant that helps detoxify the liver. A clean liver will free up more nutrients to help with other processes like immune system support and regulation. Curcumin also helps lower inflammation which can help relieve pain. It’s actually shown itself to be just as effective at pain relief as over the counter NSAIDs, without the dangers of eroding the stomach lining.
5. Probiotic Blend
It’s been said that about 80% of the immune system is actually in the gut. It’s the good bacteria that helps keep the gut balanced and healthy. The good bacteria also can manufacture vitamins and helps send appropriate signals to the brain via the gut-brain connection. Probiotic Blend is a superior, high quality blend of good bacteria that helps improve immune function and restore gut health. Probiotic Blend is gluten and dairy free, and tends to help with both seasonal and food allergies.
6. My HotzePak Allergy Relief Pak
If you’d like to take a holistic natural approach (holistic mean whole) by taking all of these supplements together, it becomes a full spectrum allergy defense plan, and it has a name. We call it the My HotzePak Allergy Relief Pak. It contains Vitamin C, Colostrum, Vitamin D, Curcumin and Probiotic Blend, all in one easy-to-take pack. Having these vitamins preorganized and packeted makes it more likely that you will take the vitamins daily, so it drastically improves your chances of feeling better soon. This allergy season, don’t take chances. Take the Allergy Relief Pak.
Perhaps the most important natural treatment for allergies, or to strengthen the immune system, is to stop eating sugar. Sugar ties up nutrients, like magnesium and B vitamins, that your body needs for many other important processes. Once you cut out sugar for 3-4 days, your allergy symptoms will almost surely improve.
Natural approaches to wellness, whenever possible, are always the best approach to take. Now is a good time to toss out the over-the-counter antihistamines and pledge to strengthen your immune system naturally this year. When that big meeting comes around, and you feel full of energy and life, you will be so glad you did.
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