By Dan Gay, Chief Sinus Champion
It’s the sinus season and colds and sinus infections are upon us.
Discover the secret to avoid a cold. A little prevention can make a huge difference in keeping you in the clear this fall, winter, and spring. Sure, prevention items include washing your hands often, and avoiding areas where germs are common, but you can’t be a hermit and you don’t carry a faucet in your pocket or purse (although hand wipes are a good idea, in fact, always carry them when you fly and wipe down the drop-down seat tray).
Boosting Your Immunity is a must for everyone, or beware of the roller-coaster, continual treadmill of recurring colds, viruses, and sick time that may be awaiting you this winter. It’s easier not to tempt fate, and get in the daily habit of taking a few precautionary supplements. Especially if well-researched studies prove that they really are effective.
Another great reason for sinus sufferers to fortify their immune function is to avoid the Cold-to-Sinus Infection Cycle. For many, the common cold mutates into sinusitis to keep them feeling miserable for weeks. By avoiding the cold in the first place, you’ve thwarted the cycle that you may have grown accustom to having. One caveat here is that if you have chronic sinusitis then you most likely have fungal sinusitis or a candida overgrowth. This condition may be blocking your nutrient absorption, therefore lowering immune function and making you more susceptible to colds. A Sinus Survival Candida Protocol is recommended in this case.
Top 5 Immunity Boosters to Avoid Colds:
1). Vitamin D3
4). Allimax Caps
These are my daily staples during the cold season, what I’m taking right now to protect myself from what lurks in the shadows. I can’t take credit for the above 5, however, since Dr. Ivker, best-selling author of Sinus Survival, got me started on these years ago, and they really work! These 5 are based on sound research, which you’ll see below.
Vitamin D3 is really a hormone, which has been found to assist in disease resistance in over 200 diseases. Vitamin D3 has platinum status, as far as vitamins go, but unfortunately most of us, over 50% in the U.S., are deficient because we’ve been cautioned to stay out of the sun or we spend so many hours indoors. Deficiencies can cause numerous health conditions linked to brittle bones, osteoporosis, and even cancer. One of the most common side effects is muscle soreness, bone pain, lowered immunity, and also depression.
The super immune booster: German researchers found that vitamin D increases your immune function 3x to 5x and it dramatically stimulates the production of anti-microbial peptides, which reduce the occurrence of viral respiratory infections. A 6-year Japanese study found that school children, who took vitamin D3 supplements, were almost 60% less likely to catch the flu (a claim that no other current flu vaccine can even make!).
Dosing: While the RDA is 600 IU’s daily, Dr. Ivker would recommend at least 5,000 IU daily, which is what I usually take. For his sinus patients, he recommends 10,000 IU daily during the fall and winter months, which concurs with the Mayo Clinic, which recommends 10,000 for immunity and up to 15,000 IU daily during the fall for prevention. The Endocrine recommends at least 1,500-2,000 IU/day of supplemental vitamin D for adults and at least 1,000 IU/day in children and adolescents.
Sinus Survival Probiotic is a super immune and digestive powerhouse. While many know that healthy flora is responsible for digestion, what many don’t realize is that specific strains of probiotics can play an even greater role. Dr. Ivker searched for a probiotic combination that would serve his sinus patients by boosting immunity, lowering the incidence of colds, creating nutrient absorption, and repopulating the many lost “good bacteria” which past rounds of antibiotics eliminated.
One such strain in this probiotic is Lactobacillus paracasei, which is responsible for nutrient absorption for good immune function, enhanced energy, and it’s been shown to fight infections in studies. In addition, other studies show its ability to reduce the incidence of colds. With a total of over 20 billion CFUs, this is a serious probiotic and you really feel the benefits.
Grape Seed Extract in either Grape Gold or Pathway Brands follow Dr. Masquelier’s formulation process, which has been shown to have 20x stronger antioxidant properties than vitamin E and 50x stronger than vitamin C and it helps all antioxidants to work better. The OPC properties in this formulation (Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins) strengthens immunity, reduces histamine production (which causes allergies), improves cardiovascular health, and inhibits bad LDL cholesterol. It is the most active free radical scavenging antioxidant known. It helps protects against many common degenerative conditions.
Dosing: 1 daily on empty stomach, 2 daily during the allergy season.
This has been my secret weapon for eliminating allergies during the summer and colds during the winter.
Allimax Caps are the daily-use 180mg form of fully-stabilized allicin. Known as the most important natural discovery of the 21st century, chemist Peter Josling, from Sussex, England, found a way to stabilize the sulphur reaction which takes place when garlic is crushed. The resulting powder has antiviral, antimicrobial, antifungal and antibacterial properties, as well as immune function benefits. A common cold study published in PubMed showed that those who took a daily allicin dose over a placebo group were less likely to get a cold and recovered faster if they caught a virus. The placebo group had 3x as many colds, had 3x the number of sick days, and had the cold an average of 5 days versus 1.5 days for those in the allicin group who caught a cold
This amazing allicin is also used in a higher-strength AlliUltra 360mg for colds and a physician’s strength Allimed to eliminate sinus infections, candida, streptococcus, stomach viruses, MRSA, Lyme Disease, and many other antibiotic-resistant conditions.
Note: I always have a bottle of AlliUltra or Allimed (either one) in my refrigerator. At the first sign of a cold (body aches, sore throat, running nose), take 2 caps 3x a day for a few days. The majority of the time, a developing cold will go away. That’s why I haven’t had a real cold in years. If you could thwart one, why wouldn’t you?
This wonder ingredient is known as nature’s antibiotic. Dr. Ivker has exclusively used Allimed for 5 years now to treat sinus infections (without antibiotics). Because Allimed is an antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial agent it knocks out any underlying cause of an infection. Antibiotics only address bacterial infections, which the Mayo Clinic has shown is less than 5% of sinus infections. Why take an antibiotic, which super-bugs mutate and grow resistant to when you really need them to work for you?
A Good Multivitamin: While there are great multivitamins in the market, there are also inexpensive, low-quality multivitamin supplements that lack the full spectrum of nutrients, minerals, and herbs that we need; they offer a lower amount of what we truly need, and they have binders, fillers, and contain common allergens. Here is a list of the top multivitamins available to the consumer public with the full-spectrum:
– Pathway Multi-two This is a physician-grade multi that I take daily. Multi-two has a higher amount of B vitamins than others, to fuel your day, and a full spectrum of vitamins, minerals, and cofactors recommended for comprehensive everyday support. Plus, this formula incorporates the latest research on nutrient transport and interaction to enhance absorption, so you may actually feel the difference. It is paleo (no grains), vegan, and has no hidden allergens. I could write a full article about this multi. For example, it has the following ingredients (which you’d have to buy separately with other vitamins costing you about $60 more):
Folate, Biotin, Vitamin K, Selenium, Quercetin, and a list of minerals and cofactors.
– Pathway Women’s One Daily is a comparable multivitamin to the Multi-two for women, although the multi-two can be taken by women as well.
– Rainbow Light for Men and Rainbow Light for Women are fairly comparable to Pathway, but since I’m allergic to soy products and they have soy isolates, I stick with Pathway.
– My Kind Organics Women or My Kind Organics Men are great choices, but are more expensive, so again Pathway is still my choice.
– There are other physician-quality multivitamins that would fall into the Quality Spectrum including Metagenics, Innate Response, Enzymatic Therapy, which have very specific ingredients for those who have very specific requirements.
– Physician-only Vitamins – For those who want to access a physician-only vitamin you may call to order specific brands; which Internet policies don’t allow websites to carry. Call: 1-800-869-9159.
Other Immunity Tips:
1). Sleep – This is the most underrated component to good health and immunity. Get at least 7 hours and preferably 8 or 9 hours if you can. A survey of centenarians, those who live past 100, noted that sleep was a part of their secret in addition to a Mediterranean diet.
2). Exercise – Taking a brisk walk or getting aerobic activity produces detox through our sweat, provides good heart health, lifts your energy levels, burns fat, and builds our immunity. Make sure you walk every day and get at least 4-5 days of aerobic activities in per week.
3). Diet – The best way to improve nutrition is through what we eat. Unfortunately, foods today just don’t give us enough of what we need. Selenium for example, once abundant in soils, has been depleted; vitamin D used to be obtained through the sun (which we’re not exposed to and sunscreens block UV rays), and fatty fish (which we’re cautioned not to have too much of because of mercury), beef liver (when was the last time you had beef liver?), cheese, and egg yolks, but those don’t offer a high enough concentration.
Eat 3 servings daily of fruits, vegetables, and grains. Reduce/eliminate saturated fats.
4). Maintain a Healthy Weight – Follow the above and reduce caloric intake and eat smaller portions.
5). Reduce Stress and Chronic Stress – Research has shown the immunity-lowering effects of stress. Try and remove yourself from stressful relationships, resolve stressful situations. Meditate daily, take full deep breaths throughout the day, exercise, and include strength-conditioning.
6). Don’t Smoke, and Drink Alcohol in Moderation – Drink in moderation if you must drink alcohol at all, as alcohol has a low pH and is very acidic, which lowers the good pH levels that vegetables and healthy foods contain. This is in addition to the other unhealthy risks of alcohol.
Putting it All Together
Get started now, before it’s too late. Start your 5 daily supplements now. Click on the links above to get you going. Start practicing the other immunity tips and you’ll begin to notice a lift in your mood and a new surge of energy. You’ll also notice a change in your skin, nails, hair, and in almost all aspects of your life.
While others are down and out from a cold, you’ll be going strong this fall, winter, and spring!
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