About 23 million Americans have symptoms from an allergy to ragweed pollen. (1)

Achoo! Are you sneezing with a runny nose and itchy, watery eyes? Do you have sinus pressure and pain? Are you coughing and wheezing? Allergies can make you feel miserable. They can affect everyone in your family and every aspect of your life. It’s hard to make that presentation at work. You can’t sleep well and start the next day off tired and groggy. You can’t go outside and play with the kids because your breathing is compromised by asthma. Unfortunately, these symptoms are all too common. However, there are some things that you can do naturally to help relieve your symptoms.

The upcoming fall season is one of the worst times for allergy sufferers, partially because it coincides with ragweed season that is already in full swing. You may feel uncomfortable as the ragweed plants release pollen into the air. Your symptoms may continue until the first frost kills the ragweed plant. Depending on your location, ragweed season may last six to ten weeks. In most areas in the U.S., it peaks in mid-September. (1)

Avoiding the allergens that you react to will help, but it is impossible to avoid every allergen out there. Taking steps to strengthen your immune system becomes the best and most effective way to prevent and treat allergies. 

First, what are allergies?

Allergies are an abnormal reaction by your immune system to normally occurring substances in your environment. Common airborne allergens include weed, grass and tree pollens, dust and dust mites, mold spores and animal danders. Common food allergens are wheat, corn, egg, yeast, milk, soybean and coconut.

Common Allergy Symptoms

Of course you know that sneezing, itchy and watery eyes and a stuffy, runny nose are typical allergy symptoms. But there are many more symptoms you should be aware of that you may not realize could be caused by allergies:

  • Frequent headaches
  • post nasal drainage
  • itchy nose
  • Recurrent or chronic sinus infections
  • Recurrent yeast infections, jock itch or athlete’s foot
  • Dizziness
  • Redness or swelling of the eyes
  • Dark circles under the eyes
  • Recurrent ear infections
  • Recurrent cough or bronchitis
  • Tightness in the chest, wheezing or asthma
  • Eczema, skin rashes, itching or hives
  • Indigestion, bloating, diarrhea or constipation

Why should you take vitamins and minerals to boost your immune system?

The typical American diet consists of packaged and processed foods that are depleted of most of their vitamins and minerals. Vitamins and minerals provide the nutritional foundation for a healthy immune system, yet, most of us do not get what we need from the foods we eat. Therefore, vitamin and mineral supplementation is essential.

Top 5 Supplements for Allergies

Supplements are helpful in preventing allergy symptoms since they help boost your immune system and control the inflammation that occurs with allergies.

1. Vitamin CVitamin C is a natural antihistamine and powerful antioxidant that supports a healthy immune system. Vitamin C is also a natural anti-inflammatory.

Research shows that allergic diseases are reportedly associated with a vitamin C deficiency. Vitamin C is a key physiological antioxidant that prevents excessive inflammation without reducing the defensive capacity of the immune system.  Research concludes that treatment with intravenous high-dose vitamin C reduces allergy-related symptoms. (2)

Research shows that vitamin C concentration declines during infections and stress. Supplementation of vitamin C was found to improve the immune system, such as antimicrobial and natural killer cell activities. Trials document that adequate intakes of vitamin C and zinc improve symptoms and shorten the duration of respiratory tract infections, including the common cold. Furthermore, vitamin C and zinc reduce the incidence and improve the outcome of pneumonia, malaria, and diarrhea infections, especially in children in developing countries. (3)

2. Vitamin D – Vitamin D helps strengthen and regulate the immune system so that it can appropriately respond to whichever invader or foreign substance it’s exposed to.(5) It actually resets the immune system which helps with many illnesses, like autoimmune conditions, colds and flu, and allergies. Vitamin D can modulate immune responses and eliminate specific pathogens and prevent their growth. Low levels of vitamin D are associated with autoimmune disorders, as well as overall lower immune response. 

Research demonstrates that a deficiency in vitamin D is associated with increased autoimmunity, as well as an increased susceptibility to infection. (4)

In Western countries, the incidence of allergic diseases is high and rising. While genetic factors certainly play a role, epigenetic or even nutritional factors might also be important in the development of allergies. Research shows that vitamin D, the sunshine hormone, exerts profound effects on both adaptive and innate immune functions involved in the development and course of allergic diseases. (5)

3. Colostrum Complete Colostrum Complete is a high quality bovine colostrum supplement containing important and very helpful antibodies that strengthen the immune system and fight illness. It works by providing beneficial antibodies that give your immune system the blueprints for attacking many different viruses and bacteria. It’s very similar to what’s in breast milk and supports overall health.

Colostrum can also help heal a leaky gut, which is a common cause of food allergies such as gluten intolerance. 

Research concludes that the inclusion of oral bovine antibodies in specialized dairy products and infant nutrition may be a promising approach to support immune function in vulnerable groups such as infants, children, elderly and immunocompromised patients. (6)

4. Probiotic Blend - The health of your body depends upon the health of your gut. A large portion of your immune system is in your G.I. tract.  Probiotic Blend is a superior, high quality blend of good bacteria that helps improve immune function and restore and support gut health. Probiotic Blend is gluten and dairy free, and can help improve both seasonal and food allergies. 

Published studies indicate that probiotics are beneficial in treating and are a useful therapeutic remedy in the treatment of allergic rhinitis. (7)

5. PowerPak

Dr. Hotze's PowerPak makes taking vitamins easier than ever. Including all of your essential vitamins and minerals in daily, convenient vitamin packets, Dr. Hotze's PowerPak provides you with the most pure and high-quality nutrients that you need to fuel your body and boost your immune system. It includes vitamin C, vitamin D, zinc, and many other nutrients.

Each packet of Dr. Hotze's PowerPak contains:

Take Good Care of Yourself

Making time now to prepare a healthy plan of action will go a long way in keeping you and your family well and help prevent and control those allergy symptoms, as well as helping to prevent colds and the flu.  Over-the-counter medications only mask symptoms and come with many negative side effects, plus they aren’t providing any of the nutrients that your immune system needs to stay strong.

Get Dr. Hotze’s PowerPak today to give your immune system the advantage it needs to fight off allergies and infections. You deserve to enjoy this fall season and feel your best!  

Research

1. Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
2. Intravenous Vitamin C in the Treatment of Allergies: An Interim Subgroup Aanalysis of a Long-Term Observational Study
3. Immune-Enhancing Role of Vitamin C and Zinc and Effect on Clinical Conditions
4. Vitamin D and the Immune System
5. Vitamin D and Its Role in Allergic Disease
6. Effects of Bovine Immunoglobulins on Immune Function, Allergy, and Infection
7. Treatment of Allergic Rhinitis with Probiotics: An Alternative Approach