Debilitating fatigue, itchy eyes, annoying cough and obnoxious headaches all mean one thing...allergy season is in full swing. The pollen is floating in the air, leaving that thick, yellow coating on our cars and worse, attacking our immune systems. Right now, more than ever, it is crucial that you focus on beefing up your immune system so that you can stop suffering through spring time and start enjoying all the beautiful and fresh aspects that this time of year brings.

A strong immune system gives you the ability to fight off common colds, sinus infections, flu viruses and even allergy symptoms, such as post nasal drip, cough, sneezing and itchy eyes. However, just like building strong muscles, you have to really work to build up a strong immune system, too.

So what can you do? Follow are Dr. Hotze's 7 tips for building a strong immune system:

  1. Get enough rest. Too little sleep coupled with too much stress can wreak havoc on your adrenal glands and cause an overproduction of cortisol, which is your stress hormone. Prolonged elevation of cortisol levels can suppress the immune system making you more susceptible to cold and flu viruses, as well as allergies.
  2. Detox regularly. A healthy gut means a strong immune system. Eliminate toxins and bad bacteria that may be taking over your digestive system and boost your liver's ability to flush out toxins by following a safe, effective and routine detox plan. I recommend the 14-Day Detox Kit at least twice a year, in addition to following the yeast-free eating plan.
  3. Consider probiotics. These beneficial strains of bacteria support overall gut health which, in turn, can naturally keep your immune system strong. Probiotics should always be in your vitamin routine, not only for immune health, but for gut and skin health, too.
  4. Get some sun. Sunlight triggers the body's production of vitamin D, which fights allergies and boosts the immune system naturally. In the summer, without sunscreen, your body has the ability to produce a fair amount of vitamin D in only 10 to 15 minutes. However, additional vitamin D supplementation is usually necessary for optimal levels. Ask your healthcare provider check your vitamin D levels and if you're not already on a high-quality vitamin D, I highly recommend you get started on this one today.
  5. Go for garlic. Whether you add extra garlic into your diet through cooking, or you take a potent garlic supplement, this powerful nutrient is an excellent antimicrobial agent and immune booster.
  6. Be consistent with vitamin C. This super nutrient is a natural antihistamine, which helps to block the allergy reaction in individuals, as well as boost the immune system. On a regular basis, I recommend 1,000 mg of vitamin C per 25 pounds of body weight. If you're experiencing allergies or a cold, you can increase this to 3,000-4,000 mg three times daily. While this may seem excessive, it works. And because vitamin C is water soluble, anything that your body doesn't need or use is simply excreted through your urine.
  7. Opt for oils. Essential oils, like lavender, have proven to fight infections and boost immunity. Rub lavender oil on the bottoms of your feet, the back of your neck or behind your ears to fight or reduce the risk of developing an infection. You can even diffuse it throughout the day, too.

What are you doing to boost your immune system during allergy season? Tell us in the comments section below.