Supporting our Immune System
As humans, we interact daily with a global ecosystem that is both friendly and hostile to our existence. In a world populated by harmful microorganisms, our immune system is our chief line of defenses against infectious agents. It is also a finely tuned battlement that is highly susceptible to damage or impairment. By caring for your immune system with military-grade attention, you can become properly equipped to handle the ever-present threat of infection.
Many pathogens are encountered by chance, but a wide range of threats reside in the human body, waiting to surface in times of stress or weakness. You can make lifestyle choices that will support your ability to fight off disease. Limiting exposure to germs is one way to start. Ideally, utensils or drinking cups should not be shared among friends prior to washing, as herpes virus, influenza and or just a cold are far more likely to be caught. Risk management depends in part upon the avoidance of pathogenic threats where possible.
The second foundation of risk management is to keep the immune system strong. Medical research indicates that even a moderate dose of refined sugar, a dose less than that found in a typical soft drink can send your immune system into a crash dive for several hours. With white blood cells impaired and absent without leave, your line of defenses is much poorer when your diet is high in sugar. Getting out in nature and relaxing increases overall body energy. Avoiding unnecessary exposure to toxic chemicals reduces liver strain and improves fighting capacity.
Multiple body systems make up your defense network. White blood cell armies lead in the fight against infection, with the support of killer Ts and other cellular threat neutralizers. The lymphatic systems remove toxins, while cell wall barriers curb invasion. The liver also plays a key role in the ability to fight off infections. Healthy lifestyle choices reduce exposure to stressors and are important builders of immune resilience.
However, we can never avoid the toxicity, stress and pathogen exposure life throws at us so quickly. Therefore, the appropriate use of herbal supplements and treatments can provide invaluable assistance in boosting your immune system function and fighting infection. Island Healthworks recommends the use of Quality Controlled, premium herbal products we call the "Invincible 3" which are Echinacea & Golden Seal, IMM-C & HRP-C and offers them as support for the immune system.
HRP-C contains a liver supporting and immune-stimulating array of fine herbs including Indigo, Pinellia, Cinnamon twigs, and Dandelion, and may be recommended for those experiencing herpes (Cold Sores), flu or similar conditions. Scientific research shows that this mix is especially helpful in the case of a Cold Sore outbreak.
IMM-C contains a rich diversity of exotic Asian species including Ginseng, Chinese Licorice and Fo-Ti to help with chronic body stress, depressed immune function, fatigue, and poor blood circulation.
Echinacea is a popular remedy widely touted as an immune booster that can help prevent cold and flu and other infections. Goldenseal was traditionally used by Native Americans to treat skin disorders, digestive problems, liver conditions, diarrhea, and eye irritations. It is used for infections of the mucous membranes, including the mouth, sinuses, throat, the intestines, stomach, urinary tract, and vagina
To learn more, contact Yvonne Dollard Perc at Island Healthworks. Yvonne offers in-person consultations with assessment of your specific needs, health and lifestyle coaching, and the best of integrative natural health care. To book your in-person or phone consultation, please call 250-468-7685!
This article is intended for educational purposes and the information contained within is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure any disease or health problem. Please seek appropriate medical attention for any health complaints. We cannot take responsibility for your health care decisions. Our intent is only to offer health information to help you with your search for better health.