Natural Immune System Support
What is the Immune System?
The immune system is not one system, it has different parts and basically the function of all the parts are to help the body defend itself against pathogens which could allow viruses or bacteria to take hold and establish illness or fungal infections. But a weakened immune system can actually threaten the integrity of the DNA of cells and cause both benign tumors and different types of cancers.
The immune system includes lymph glands, liver, specialized blood cells including T-killer cells (Th-1, Th-2, often called white blood cells), and macrophage cells. The bowel is also an important factor in immune system health. If excess food is not eliminated, it can create toxins that may be reabsorbed into the body. Sufficient population of good gut flora is important in the function of immune system.
The many parts works together to protect the body from external microbial attack, acute illness, and chronic disease. Short-term immune system challenges can create diseases caused by harmful bacteria or viral overload. Chronic degenerative diseases and malignancy are apt to arrive with ongoing immune system challenges. For most people, these challenges are created by high stress levels. Other factors include poor diet, lack of sleep and too little exercise.
How to Keep from Getting Sick
Whole World Botanicals offers products based on two important botanicals that support the immune system, which are Camu-Camu (Myrciaria dubia) and Cat’s Claw (Uncaria tomentosa). Cat’s Claw helps the immune system in numerous ways and is the most researched botanical from South America. It destroys many kinds of pathogens including bacteria, viruses, fungi, and promotes healthy, regular elimination through the bowels. It also increases the activity and number of the specialized blood cells that form an important part of the immune system including macrophage cells, cytotoxic activity, anti-inflammatory activity, and the increased ability of cells to repair their own DNA, thus helping to destroy harmful cell mutations.
Camu-Camu, which has a high level of powerful natural Vitamin C with no synthetically made ascorbic acid, helps destroy pathogens such as viruses, bacteria, and fungus. The Vitamin C in Camu-Camu works quickly to relieve early symptoms of bacterial and viral infections, such as sore throat, runny nose, etc., and it helps to prevent and relief allergic symptoms because it reduces histamine production in the body.
An ample supply of Vitamin C must be available to the body every day in bio-available form for the optimal support of the immune system, adrenal glands, the liver, and the brain. It is also very important to help maintain adequate serotonin levels, which has been shown to be vitally important for optimal immune function. Studies show that depression suppresses immune function (go to Pubmed.gov to read this research). People can know that their immune system is in a weakened condition through various symptoms that appear before an actual illness occurs: sore throat, headache, extreme fatigue, lymph gland enlargement. Such symptoms, without any actual disease condition present, are signs that your immune system needs immediate, additional, nutritional support.
Ways to Strengthen the Immune System
Depending on the individual’s constitution and physiological challenges, either Maca root (Lepidium meyenii) or Chanca Piedra (Phyllanthus spp) will be the third most important botanical for maintaining the strength of the immune system. If you have ongoing issues with hormonal imbalance, such as low estrogen, progesterone, or testosterone, your immune system may be compromised.
Endocrine gland function is intimately related to the function of the immune system. The most important gland is the adrenal gland, which is considered a master gland. It helps regulate the functioning of the other endocrine glands. A therapeutic-type Maca root greatly supports the adrenal glands when taken at the correct dose for you. Dosing is extremely important when taking a therapeutic strength Maca root like Royal Maca®. Follow the label directions carefully and consult with a product educator if you are unsure about how much to take.
The other important botanical for optimal immune system function is Chanca Piedra. You will know how important this botanical may be if you have any of the following symptoms: a feeling of heaviness in the liver, difficulty with digestion or elimination, high cholesterol/triglyceride levels, or Syndrome X. Your liver may also need additional support if you have blood sugar issues, excess weight, fatty liver condition, gall bladder pain, difficulty digesting fatty foods, or if you have any condition that involves fatigue (especially when a doctor cannot find the source of your fatigue). If you don’t have healthy liver function, you may have fatigue, a general symptom with many causes.
This is only of many possible causes of excess fatigue. Of course, foods with high sugar and high white flour content, characteristic of most snack foods and desserts, as well as an overabundance of starches in the diet may well lead to metabolic issues causing excessive stress on your liver function. A healthy diet emphasizing reduction of processed foods, sugar and white flour products is as important as supplementing with Chanca Piedra to help maintain healthy liver and gall bladder function. Otherwise, the immune system may become overwhelmed, potentially leading to both short-term illnesses and chronic degenerative diseases.