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Do Allergies Have You Off Balance?
Submitted by Garden of Life

Allergies and their associated effects are not all in your head, although you may feel them there. They really begin with an immune system response that can have you feeling plugged-up, drippy-nosed, scratchy-throated, itchy-eyed, and looking for relief.

If you suffer from allergies, you're not alone. Over 50 million Americans have allergies. That's a whole lot of sneezing, sinus congestion, and itchy eyes.

Dust mites, molds, pollens, and animal dander are often to blame for these allergic reactions, and they prompt your immune system to attack these foreign substances as dangerous invaders.

Here's what happens:
• Step One: Your immune system sends out antibodies to attack the intruders known as allergens. One type of the antibodies generally associated with allergies is immunoglobulin E (IgE). Interestingly, receptor cells for IgE are dotted throughout the body including areas near the sinuses, nose, eyes and throat. (Do those areas sound familiar?)

• Step Two: When the allergens enter the body, IgE antibodies go to work in the tissues surrounding the sinuses, nose, eyes and throat and link up with mast cells to release powerful natural chemicals known as histamines and leukotrienes, both of which bring on inflammation.

• The Result: Allergic symptoms occur throughout the sinus system and appear to be all in your head. Hello, congestion, nasal drip, scratchy throat and itchy eyes.

What can be done?
Allergen avoidance is the best way to improve allergic responses, but that's not always possible. Some choose over-the-counter or prescription drugs—including shots—to get relief.

There are natural alternatives, too, and immune balance is key. A healthy diet including healthy proteins, antioxidants, essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals is essential. Dietary supplementation with immune-balancing probiotics and herbs may also help—especially when allergies have you off balance.

Research shows that wild-crafted Butterbur effectively supports sinus health and respiratory function. Immune Balance Sinus also includes S. boulardii, RAW Food-created vitamin D3, RAW Amla Berry, a proprietary vitamin C and citrus bioflavonoid complex, Beta-glucans, bromelain and other proteolytic enzymes, ingredients renowned for promoting immune, sinus, and respiratory health.

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