Boost Your Seven Immune Systems
Thursday, August 21st 2003
How strong are your defences? Are you supporting your seven systems of immunity? That's right, seven! Your skin (epidermal), respiratory, digestive, systemic, circulatory, cellular and lymphatic systems all work together to protect good health.
When in harmony, they produce an effective immune response - "ultimate immunity" But when they are not, watch out! It's good advice to get proper rest, eat a nutritious diet, exercise regularly, manage stress and dress warmly. Plus, supplement your diet with nutrients that boost and support all seven immunity systems.
Having trouble staying healthy?
Do you feel fatigued? Are your defences run down? If your immunity is weak, you are vulnerable to bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms that seemingly attack from every angle.
At your defence, the seven mechanisms of your natural immunity work together to ensure you maintain good health.
SystemWell from Nature's Way is a unique and most complete and comprehensive formula that strengthens all seven defence mechanisms for "ultimate immunity". It respects the sophistication of your entire immune system for total year round defence and recovery.
The seven mechanisms and how nutrients in SystemWell naturally help to enhance immune performance.
The skin is your first line of defence. Its surface is naturally acidic to prevent harmful microorganisms from attaching and penetrating. What helps keeps the skin healthy? Vitamin C helps make collagen, the "glue that strengthens skin, muscles and blood vessels. Beta Carotene protects the skin from damaging sunlight. Gotu Kola helps support healthy skin.
Respiratory (nose, throat, lungs)
Lining the nose, throat and lungs, mucous membranes trap invaders from the air you breathe. What helps keep these membranes effective? Vitamin C improves mucous fluidity, Fenugreek contains mucin, a protective component of mucous membranes, Elecampane, Horehound and Thyme have traditional uses in supporting respiratory health.
Friendly flora in your Gastrointestinal (GI) tract defends against ingested microorganisms. How can digestive immunity be improved? FOS (fructooligosaccharides) and Arabinogalactan feed friendly flora. A probiotic like Inner Health Plus will assist with this. Golden Seal Root and Oregon grape root stimulate production of bile salts that aid digestion.
Your body is constantly making immune cells (white blood cells, macrophages and neutrophils). How are healthy levels maintained? Vitamin D and Zinc are essential for production, while Vitamin C, Echinacea, Astragalus, Olive leaf and Myrrh support systemic immunity.
Blood flow transports immune cells to the area of inflammation and infection. Upon arrival immune cells engulf invaders and attack by releasing enzymes. What helps keep circulation healthy? Ginkgo, Garlic, Cordyceps and Cayenne. Selenium is a powerful cardio antioxidant that's also essential for building glutathione - the body's most potent immune cell protector.
Your cells defend themselves by releasing powerful chemicals known as cytokines. What helps keep this cell-mediated defence strong? Arabinogalactan (from Larch) supports cytokine production. Maitake, Shiitake, Yamabushitake and Reishi medicinal mushrooms provide beta glucans to increase cellular immune response. IP-6 (inositol hexaphosphate) protects cell membranes.
In the lymph nodes, lymphocytes (T-cells and B-cells) identify, attack and dispose of infections. How can you help support your lymphatic system? Mullein and Plantain herbs contain compounds that support lymphatic pathways, while Vitamin A maintains the integrity of lymph membranes. When engaged, the lymphatic system consumes a tremendous amount of energy. This is why you may feel fatigued when under immune system stress. Gugulipids and Siberian Ginseng support the thyroid and adrenal glands that provide optimum immune energy during recovery.
Nature's Way SystemWell Ultimate Immunity "It's like having a personal bodyguard 24 hours a day.
Reproduced unabridged from the July - September 2003 issue of Health and Herbal News, with the kind permission of Health and Herbs International Ltd.
Footnote from Ideal Health:
As well as the above products, the following are all great products for Immunity:
Echinacea with Astragalus and Reishi
Garlicin, enteric coated Garlic
Golden Seal Root
Inner Health Plus:
Immune Booster for Kids
Olive Leaf Extract
Superior Olive Leaf
Vitamin C with Hesperidin Complex
Mega Zinc Powder Raspberry
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