Immune Health

The immune system is your body’s primary mechanism of defense, responsible for protecting you from potentially harmful invaders. It is made up of various cells, tissues, and substances including the skin barrier, red and white blood cells, microbiota, antibodies, and cytokines (cell signaling molecules).

The immune system may be generally broken down into the

innate immune response, your first line of defense, and the

adaptive immune response, which is highly specific against particular intruders.

Immune system dysfunction may result in

allergies

infections

tumors

and autoimmunity.  

Tips how you can protect and support your immune system:

  • healthy lifestyle with the reduction of toxins in cleaning supply, toxins in cosmetics, toxins in water such as Glyphosate
  • a nutritious diet such as the Mediterranean diet and a gluten and/or dairy free diet
  • adequate sleep
  • regular exercise
  • and dietary supplements may help you to support immune health and prevent disease. 

Below is some useful information about top recommended supplements for immune health:

Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus)
is a botanical herb with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, immunomodulating, and anticancer properties. While astragalus has traditionally been used in Chinese medicine to treat individuals with increased susceptibility to infections, studies suggest it may improve outcomes of inflammatory conditions and certain cancers.  Research has also shown that astragalus may help stimulate the immune response by increasing white blood cell count.

Probiotics
beneficial microorganisms, may support immune health by modulating innate and adaptive immune responses and inhibiting the growth of pathogens. Probiotic supplements may help to protect healthy individuals against respiratory infections such as the common cold and the flu. Additionally, research has shown that probiotics may be effective in certain immune conditions, including allergies, eczema, human papillomavirus (HPV), and certain drug-resistant infections. This article provides a lot of information about Probiotics and Prebiotics. Prebiotics and probiotics are used to improve the health of the intestinal tract.

Prebiotics

are non-digestible fibers that are used by the gut bacteria. Prebiotics are formulated with fibers such as inulin, fructooligosaccharides (FOS), galactooligosaccharides(GOS) and xylooligosaccharides (XOS). MegaPrebiotic is the only Prebiotic that feeds ONLY the beneficial gut bacteria.

Vitamin C
plays an important role in immune function by supporting both innate and adaptive immune systems. Vitamin C may be obtained from dietary sources such as citrus fruit, papaya, broccoli, and kiwifruit, as well as from dietary supplements. Vitamin C deficiency may result in lowered immunity and a higher risk of infections. Supplementing with vitamin C has been shown to be effective in treating respiratory and systemic infections.

Vitamin D
is a fat-soluble vitamin required in mineral metabolism, bone health, and immune function. Vitamin D deficiency has been associated with an increased risk of autoimmune conditions, including type 1 diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and multiple sclerosis (MS). Research suggests that vitamin D supplementation may reduce the risk of autoimmune conditions, support immune tolerance in autoimmune conditions, and enhance the antimicrobial effect of certain immune cells.  We can get vitamin D from sunshine. Personally I prefer getting it from sunshine instead of supplementation. Please consult your physician to make sure that your calcium levels are not elevated prior to taking vitamin D or increase during vitamin D supplementation.