The Immune System is a network of cells, tissues, and organs that defend the body against foreign invaders, viruses, infections, and other disease. Always remember there are no fences in your body.
It is so critical to have a healthy digestive system as over 60% of lymphatic system interwoven with your gut. So, I always teach if you are struggling with a weaken immune, start with improving your gut health.
Sometimes the immune system becomes overactive and targets the body’s healthy cells, tissues, and even organs rather than viruses and infections. Basically, your body fails to see the difference between self and non-self. This condition is called autoimmune disease. Leaky gut syndrome is a condition in which the tight cellular junctions inside the small intestines become inflamed and loose or weakened allowing passage of unwanted substances, like gluten and certain proteins from dairy leak, through the walls of the intestine and into the bloodstream. This is now being heavily researched as a root cause for many autoimmune diseases like Hashimoto’s, thyroiditis, Crohns’s rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis lupus, and even multiple sclerosis. One of the major reasons for leaky gut: is an overgrowth of harmful gut bacteria known as dysbiosis or small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. See the Digestive Health page to learn more about Leaky Gut Syndrome.
There are some key nutrients that have been clinically studied to enhance immune function. Below I will share with some of formulas that I personally have used myself and many of my patients with great success.
The ingredient in Isotonix® Immune is a natural yeast beta glucan derived from a proprietary strain of yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Clinical studies have shown that Wellmune® promotes a healthy immune system.
Wellmune® contains biologically active polysaccharides, most known as beta-glucans, that increase host immune defense by activating macrophage activity. Macrophages are phagocytes. Their role is to phagocytose, or engulf and then digest, cellular debris and pathogens. Do you remember the video game called PAC-MAN? Think of macrophages as little PAC-MEN who eat and destroy foreign invaders like viruses and bacteria.
The molecular structure of Wellmune® WGP, with its beta 1, 3/1, 6 branch points, is responsible for its unique biological activity. Wellmune® works to support immune cells, which are part of the body’s natural defenses. This patented formula also contains vitamin C and Zinc to help supports the immune system.
Dr. Sheryl has personally experienced great results using this formula to keep her own immune system healthy, especially when traveling and during flu and cold season.
Vitamin D is actually a hormone. Research has found that vitamin D influences over 200 genes highlighting links to disease. Numerous studies show low levels can lead to serious potential health risk including:
Vitamin D plays a huge roll with your immune system. Lack of Vitamin D causes cytotoxic T Cells to fail at fighting infection. T Cells need vitamin D to become active. Vitamin D boosts the ability of macrophages to kill viruses, bacteria. Vitamin D also plays an important role in bone health, heart health and immune support, while working with vitamin K to support normal absorption of calcium and promote healthy arteries.
Archives of Internal Medicine Reveal three-quarters of the U.S. Population is deficient in Vitamin D. I feel everyone should have their vitamin D levels checked each year and strive reach adequate blood levels of Vitamin D3 (50-70 ng/ml). Naturopaths and integrative practitioners consider the therapeutic range of 70-100 ng/ml to be the optimum level.
I highly recommend the nutraMetrix Isotonix Vitamin D® with K2 because it contains 5000 IU’s of vitamin D3 (the metabolically active form of vitamin D) along with 45 mcg of vitamin K2 (a form of vitamin K which supports vascular health and calcium utilization).
nutraMetrix Isotonix® Vitamin D is the first of its kind to deliver both of these powerful vitamins with isotonic delivery.
Dr. Sheryl Duchess , N.D., M.H., Certified Naturopathic Doctor, Certified Master Herbalist, Public Speaker, Educator
Dr.Sheryl is certified naturopathic doctor who is dedicated to educating and helping people find a more natural approach to wellness. She explains the root cause of disease and shares the secrets of a naturopath through her wellness course, videos, and mentoring opportunities.
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