The typical American diet is high in calories but low in nutritional quality. Seventy percent of the food we eat is processed, meaning that it is stripped of essential fiber and nutrients, chemically altered, and loaded with preservatives.
Nutritional deficiencies are often an underlying factor in a wide range of medical conditions including allergies and asthma. Correcting these nutritional deficiencies is essential to reducing the hyperactivity of the immune system and minimizing attacks.
Likewise, almost any chronic illness will drain your body’s reserves of essential nutrients. This is especially likely for patients suffering from diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, colds, sinus infections, and those taking antibiotics.
At the Sinus and Allergy Center, we recommend nutritional supplement levels above the Recommended Daily Allowances ( RDAs) established by the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academy of Sciences. The RDAs were never intended as guidelines for optimal health. They were designed to prevent serious deficiency diseases like scurvy and rickets.
To experience optimal health, research has shown that you will need levels well above the RDA to keep your immune system in peak condition, possess abundant energy, and reduce your risk of diseases that pose a threat to your quality of life.
The number and complexity of supplements is mind boggling and in reality may not be that important. Many people smarter than me take a multivitamin, high doses of vitamin C, as well as Omega Fatty Acids (a supplement). We will try to honestly distill it down for you and tell you what we actually hold important for ourselves and our families.
Echinacea seems to offer some protection and or early cessation of cold and flu symptoms.
“Good Bacteria” manufacture B vitamins, aid in digestion, and keep harmful bacteria and fungi at bay.