Archive for the ‘Allergies’ Category

Eliminate Seasonal Allergy Meds with Supplements

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Natural Allergy Relief

Treat the cause of your allergies instead of covering up symptoms with multiple allergy medications.

Regulate Your Immune System

Have you heard the phrase, “too much of a good thing”? Well your immune system is no exception. Lots of people try to boost their immune systems by revving them up with products like Echinacea and zinc. If you have allergies, then your immune system is already heightened and malfunctioning. By making your immune system “stronger” you are also strengthening the malfunction. Unless your doctor has told you that you have low immunity, then you should be careful taking these types of supplements. The key to controlling allergies is to regulate your immunity so that it doesn’t overreact to every piece of dust, pollen, or mold spore.
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Combat Chronic Inflammation with Vitamins

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014
Arthritis Vitamins Inflammation Hands

Inflammation not only hurts, but it destroys tissues and causes disease. Learn how to avoid chronic inflammation with vitamins and supplements.

Inflammation is your body’s main defense mechanism, meant to anticipate, intercept and destroy invading microorganisms. Inflammation causes redness, swelling, heat and pain. Inflammation helps your immune system fight invaders and heal injuries, but can be dangerous if it becomes chronic.

Inflammation becomes a danger when it is brought on by malfunctions of the immune system. Autoimmune diseases and allergies are good examples. Out of the ten leading causes of death in the United States, chronic, low-level inflammation causes seven of them. This includes Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, nephritis, heart disease, cancer, stroke, and chronic lower respiratory disease.
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Immunomodulator Supplements – Normalizing the Immune System

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Immune Response Graphic

Calm Autoimmune Responses or Strengthen a Weak Immune System.

Immunomodulator drugs are relatively new and have just about “cured” many people suffering from autoimmune diseases or compromised immune systems. Immunomodulators are unique in that they adjust to each person’s immune problems. If a person has low immunity, immunomodulators boost the immune system to an optimal level. If a person is autoimmune, or has an overactive immune system, then immunomodulators decrease the action and production of immune cells, regulating the immune system. An interesting fact about immunomodulators is that if a person with a normal immune system takes them, there is basically no effect.
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Dealing with the "Worst Allergy Season Ever"

Monday, March 25th, 2013

Allergy Cures

Allergy Relief by Treating the Root of the Problem, Not Just the Symptoms

The American Board of Allergy and Immunology says that this allergy season is expected to be worse than the record breaking pollen counts experienced in 2011 and again in 2012. This year’s early arrival of spring after a mild winter is contributing to the extremely high levels of pollen and will make the allergy season last weeks longer than usual.

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How Magnesium Can Make You Healthy for Life

Monday, March 4th, 2013

How Magnesium Can Make You Healthy for Life

Almost all health issues, stress, or even just being startled can deplete your body of magnesium, which is necessary for basic life functions.

Your body relies heavily on your consumption of magnesium to perform its most basic functions. Your nervous system, muscles, kidneys, cardiovascular system, digestive system, liver, hormone-secreting glands, and brain all rely on magnesium to function.

What Diseases Can Be Prevented By Magnesium?

Scientists believe that hundreds of health issues and dozens of diseases could be avoided if people maintained healthy magnesium levels. This list includes HIV/AIDS, asthma, autism, epilepsy, migraines, heart disease, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, lupus, PMS, fibromyalgia, and sarcoidosis.
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Is MSG Making You Fat and Sick?

Friday, March 1st, 2013

Is MSG Making You Fat and Sick?

That innocent looking side of ranch could give you a migraine, seizures, heart disease, diabetes, and nerve damage. Plus you'll be fighting an addiction to food additives that makes you always want to eat something unhealthy.

Read your food labels. All refined foods, processed foods, anything hydrolyzed, glutamate ingredients, anything autolyzed, soy protein, whey protein, “anything” protein, caseinates, gelatin, and more, contain free radicals in the form of “glutamic acid”, which is processed MSG (monosodium glutamate). The list of ingredient names that are essentially disguised MSG goes on and on.
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Recovering from Anaphylactic Shock

Thursday, February 21st, 2013
Recovering from Anaphylactic Shock

Get Back on Your Feet After Anaphylaxis

Anaphylactic shock is a “sudden circulatory collapse” that occurs during a severe allergic reaction. People who experience anaphylactic shock are often autoimmune, meaning that their immune system overreacts to an allergen or foreign substance. When the immune system recognizes the allergen, it floods the body with histamine and serotonin. Airspaces in the lungs and breathing passages narrow while blood vessels dilate.
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Vitamin C Can Prevent Migraines, Along with PMS, Panic Attacks, and Osteoporosis

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

Stress Headache Woman

What You Should Know About Your Migraines, Vitamin C Levels, and Your Hormones.

Stress Hormones

Stress hormones can trigger headaches and migraines. Vitamin C helps to produce stress-relieving hormones and can be used as a preventative measure. Studies on people and animals who were given vitamin C, show that the stress hormone cortisol was drastically lower than in people and animals not given the supplement. This remained true even when they were repeatedly put under very stressful situations. Elevated blood pressure is also a migraine trigger for many. These tests also showed that blood pressure was lower in the vitamin C group.
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Vitamin C Benefits Sinusitis Recovery in Several Ways

Friday, August 17th, 2012

Sinusitis is a sinus infection or inflammation of the sinus tissues. If symptoms come on suddenly, they are usually caused by allergies or a virus, like the common cold. If symptoms persist for more than eight weeks, then it is considered chronic sinusitis and treatment can become more difficult. Many people find long-term relief by taking adequate amounts of powdered, or buffered vitamin C, for several weeks. Here we will focus on the mechanisms in which vitamin C helps to prevent, relieve, and heal sinuses when sinusitis is a problem.

Allergies

Sinusitis caused by allergies can be relieved from taking small doses of vitamin C throughout the day. This is generally around 500 mg every 4-6 hours. Over-the-counter allergy medications work in one of two ways. When your immune system comes in contact with an allergen, it produces histamines. The histamines attach to receptors that cause itching, swelling, mucus production, and other allergic reactions. Allergy medications either stop the histamines from forming (antihistamines) or they block the receptors for the histamines that have formed. Vitamin C does both of these things while regulating the immune system so that it does not overreact to allergens in the first place.

Viruses

Sinusitis is most commonly caused by the common cold or other virus that enters the body. Contrary to what some people believe vitamin C does not kill viruses or prevent the common cold. What it can do is strengthen your immune system before you come into contact with a virus so that your body can more easily combat it. Vitamin C gives each cell a defense against viruses so that they are less likely to be invaded and infected by the virus. If a virus enters a cell, it can replicate. Vitamin C keeps the virus from entering most cells, and it also prevents the enzyme needed for viral replication from forming. Therefore, taking vitamin C at the first signs of a cold or illness and continuing to take it throughout the course of the virus, can keep symptoms to a minimum until the virus is eliminated.

Stress

Studies show that people under stress have more reactive immune systems causing more severe symptoms in the presence of viral invaders and allergens. When we’re under stress, our bodies create lots of free radicals, or waste products that form when atoms lose and electron and become unstable. These free atoms attach to different things around your body and “steal” electrons from healthy cells. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that eliminates these free radicals and strengthens the immune system so that we have a more appropriate response to stressors in our lives.

Tissues

The tissues of the sinuses are also greatly benefitted by vitamin C. Vitamin C is necessary for our bodies to make collagen and elastin, which is needed to heal damaged tissues. Vitamin C helps the immune system to deliver the collagen and elastin to the places where it is needed. It also reduces swelling and mucus production, which in turn relieves congestion.

All of these combined actions makes vitamin C a wonderful option when it comes to treating sinusitis, whatever the cause. Speak with your doctor before starting any vitamins and supplements routine. Using vitamin C powder is an economical way to take several dosages throughout the day until you are healed. Choose a vitamin C powder that is buffered so that there is little or no acidity to upset your stomach or aggravate stomach and intestinal issues. Vitamin C powder is a natural and effective treatment for sinusitis.

About the Author: Stacy A. Pessoney is Wholesale Nutrition’s Chief Editor and Communications Research Director. She has a strong interest in helping people achieve greater brain and body health with the help of vitamins and supplements, focusing on sodium ascorbate in the form of vitamin C powder. Wholesale Nutrition has provided the world with the best vitamin C and wholesale vitamins since 1970. Visit http://www.nutri.com to buy high-quality discount vitamins today!

Sources:

http://www.vitamincfoundation.org/

http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/

http://www.livestrong.com/article/265379-what-are-the-benefits-of-vitamin-c-for-sinuses/

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Is Germ-Free Really the Way to Be?

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

You’ve probably heard that exposing your children to a certain amount of germs and illnesses is important for helping them to develop a healthy immune system. However, many people are simply too afraid to let it happen. Parents find themselves asking, “How can letting my child get sick help them?” Plus, you may wonder if this claim is even true. Is it possible to keep your kids too clean?

Until now, the “hygiene hypothesis” has been just that; a hypothesis. Medical professionals have simply “noticed” that germ-free kids grow up to have allergies, asthma, and other immunity problems. Small studies have been conducted to see if exposure to germs early in life has given some people a greater or more normalized immunity. What these smaller studies show is that the kids kept “germ-free” grew up to face adulthood sensitivities to allergic and autoimmune diseases. The most common diseases seen are hay fever, asthma, and inflammatory bowel disease.

Antibiotics, hand sanitizers, disinfectant cleaners, and other environmental exposures to chemical germ-killers could be doing us more harm than good. Certainly these things have their place, but overuse could lead to an overactive or underdeveloped immune system.

Finally, on March 22, 2012, a study was published in the Journal of Science that would show us biologically whether or not the “hygiene hypothesis” had merit. Germ-free mice were compared with mice living in a normal environment, where they would be exposed to a typical amount of germs and microbes.

The germ-free mice had “exaggerated inflammation of the lungs and colon resembling asthma and colitis”. The inflammation was determined to be caused by hyperactivity in the type of T-cells linked to colitis and asthma in humans and mice. The mice living in the normal environment rarely showed hyperactivity in these immune cells.

Perhaps a more important discovery of the trials was that germ-free mice exposed to infectious agents and microbes early in life and then kept germ-free in adulthood showed normal immune systems and less disease. These tests proved the hygiene hypothesis, which states that “a lack of early childhood exposure to germs, infectious agents, parasites, and symbiotic microorganisms increases susceptibility to allergic diseases by suppressing natural development of the immune system”.

Overuse of antibiotics is a big concern to researchers because symbiotic bacteria (gut flora or probiotics) and parasites combined with infectious agents are important modulators of immune system development. Although sometimes necessary, antibiotics can interfere with microbe conditioning immune system development early in life, so their overuse in young children is considered detrimental to adult health.

“These studies show the critical importance of proper immune conditioning by microbes during the earliest periods of life,” said Richard Blumberg, MD, chief for the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Endoscopy. “Also now knowing a potential mechanism will allow scientists to potentially identify the microbial factors important in determining protection from allergic and autoimmune diseases later in life.”

These studies don’t necessarily mean that you should abandon hand-washing and other hygienic practices. Further research is still needed to determine the potential use of this knowledge in humans.

About the Author: Stacy A. Pessoney is Wholesale Nutrition’s Chief Editor and Communications Research Director. She has a strong interest in helping people achieve greater brain and body health with the help of vitamins and supplements, focusing on vitamin C powder in the form of sodium ascorbate. Wholesale Nutrition has provided the world with the best vitamin C and wholesale vitamins since 1970. Visit http://www.nutri.com to buy high-quality discount vitamins today!

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Sources:
http://www.brighamandwomens.org/
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/03/120322142157.htm
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