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Building the Immune System

By Michael Seidman MD

Index    
What
are the different ways one can build up ones immune system?
Can
you recommend a basic vitamin program for allergy sufferers?
Does
the same hold true for sinus sufferers or are there some differences
in the vitamin regimen?
What
role can exercise play in preventing allergies or sinus infections?
Is
there any particular diet in general that would reduce allergy
or sinus symptoms?
What
diet is best for allergies?
Q.

If

allergies are an immune deficiency disorder would it make common

sense for allergy sufferers to take action to build up their immune

system?

A.

This

is an interesting question, while some feel that allergies are a

deficiency disorder, others feel that it may be an over function

of the immune system. This is not the prevailing view. So if one

buys into the precept that allergies indeed represent an immune

deficiency, then yes it would make sense to enhance the immune system.

Q. What

are the different ways one can build up ones immune system?

A.

There

are many ways to enhance the immune system and I will mention a

few of

the most important ways:

a)

Eating a well balanced diet is critical for a properly functioning

immune system

b) A diet high in fruits and vegetables has many of the phytonutrients

critical to enhance immunity as well as many of the important vitamins

and minerals

c) Plenty of rest

d) Exercise program

e) Drink 6-8 glasses of water per day

f) Increase your vitamin C intake to 1000-2000 mg.d (this may reduce

your histamine levels)

g) Increase your bioflavonoid intake.

h) Be sure that you are taking magnesium (400 mg/day)

i) Most people do not follow recommendations a or b (above) very

well. Thus nutritional supplementation is critical.

i.

Body language vitamin co has designed several supplements that are

outstanding to promote your overall health. We recommend: The Multi-vitamin,

antioxidant and anti-age/energy formulas (this is a total of 6 pills

per day and costs approximately 99.00/month)

ii.

The antioxidant formula has quercetin and bioflavonoids which are

outstanding for allergic problems. Additionally, it has burdock,

an herb, that is superb to reduce allergic symptoms. Vitamin E

at 200-800i.u. has been demonstrated to enhance the immune function.

It also has green tea, pine bark and grape seed extract which are

powerful antioxidants for overall excellent health.

iii.

The Multivitamin formula is three pills a day and provides all the

important nutrients to support health and promote wellness. Each

ingredient is in the proper dose to offer the reported health benefit.

It is designed in concert with the antioxidant formula and together

both supplements are outstanding for your health.

iv.

The anti-age/energy formula is patented and has been shown to reduce

age-related hearing loss. Additionally it enhances mitochondrial

function which is known to decline with aging. It is felt that

this is in part responsible for the aging process. Additionally,

when mitochondrial function declines (as early as your twenties)

the immune function declines. It has high levels of Co-Q-10, alpha

lipoic acid, acetyl l carnitine and glutathione.

Q.
How

does one know if one is deficient in certain vitamins and minerals?

A.

For

the most part you never really know that you are deficient. Approximately

10% of the population over the age of 60 is deficient in the B vitamins,

particularly B-12. In one double blinded study it was shown that

supplementing with vitamin E and A can significantly enhance the

immune function. It is well known that mineral absorption declines

significantly in your 30’s . Thus it is highly recommended that

you take a supplement that has chelated minerals. In the design

of Body Language Vitamin Co all the mineral are chelated to enhance

the absorption. In short the only way to know if you are deficient

in nutrients is to do some laboratory testing, but it is extremely

expensive and most physicians will not routinely test for this.

If yo are run down, feeling tired, depressed or just not having

enough zip, you may be deficient (not necessarily so, however).

It is much less expensive to insure yourself by taking a good supplement.

We do not recommend the one a day type vitamins, their potency is

just too little and minerals are not chelated (too expensive and

they cant keep their price down), but they are not worth the 3-10

dollars that they charge.

Q. Can

you recommend a basic vitamin program for allergy sufferers?

A. Yes

absolutely, we believe that Body Language Vitamin Co makes one of

the finest supplements available. There are very few supplement companies

that have put such things as quercetin, bioflavonoids and burdock

into their daily supplements. Body language Vitamin Co has done just

this.

Q. Does

the same hold true for sinus sufferers or are there some differences

in the vitamin regimen?

A.

You

could add cats claw (Saventaro is probably the best brand) astragalus

(in Body Language Cold and Flu formula there are many outstanding

ingredients like Echinacea purpurea and pallida, goldenseal, astragalus,

quercetin, bioflavonoids, l-arginine and several others. This proprietary

formulation an also be used for allergies and sinus sufferers.

Typically, it is recommended for the cold and flu like symptoms.

It works to strongly upregulate the immune system. It can be used

continuously but it is ALWAYS recommended to cycle as follows:

Two weeks on 3-5 days off. If you have an autoimmune disorder,

Echinacea products are relatively contraindicated.

Q. What

role can exercise play in preventing allergies or sinus infections?

A.

Although there is probably no direct impact of exercise on allergies

or sinus infections, there is no doubt that a daily regimen of exercise

is of critical importance to your health and can improve immune function.

Q. Is

there any particular diet in general that would reduce allergy or

sinus symptoms?

A.

You have already noted the obvious, ie avoid any specific foods that

you are allergic to. There is a long history of recommending avoidance

of dairy products or foods with high potential for mold content.

Q. What

diet is best for allergies?

A. While

I cannot specifically recommend a particular diet, I can suggest that

you avoid junk and processed foods. Eating a healthy dose of fruits

and vegetables will usually help reduce allergic symptoms in many

people.