Your Immune System is a Balancing Act
Immune health is more than just not catching a winter cold; in today’s stressed-out society, it’s essential in restoring balance and keeping it. Today, particular with COVID-19, taking the right products, and taking better care of yourself become imperatives.
According to ancient ayurvedic principles, a balanced life offers healing powers. Millions strive to create harmony and balance between work, play and family, as well as find physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellness. In an increasingly hectic world, it seems more impossible than ever to achieve this.
At Natural Biology we increasingly receive inquires about cognitive performance, sleep-inducement supplements, or even heart or vision support, as well as saying things like "I'm feeling off,” “stressed out” or “bothered by increased allergies or slight colds.” At the same time, we receive constant praise from customers taking our more advanced protocols because products like EVEREST Earth & Sea Formula, Norwegian Omega 3, Arctic Ocean Krill Oil, OxyAGE, and Vintage Resveratrol 100% address these issues with fundamental clarity.
The most fundamental truth of good health, having energy, and getting sick less starts with the immune system. Since 2002, Natural Biology designs all supplements with the immune system as a primary health factor.
It’s true that nearly anything is a factor that impacts one’s immunity. And it’s always a good idea to understand what modern, common lifestyle factors people deal with that influence immune function and why these are occurring.
Primary factors affecting immune function range from dietary insufficiencies, to stress, to simply the on-the-go lifestyle that keeps us constantly running from one task to the next. Too few of us get enough rest, manage stress appropriately, and eat a balanced diet—so it’s really no surprise that we fall ill, even outside of cold and flu season - and now COVID-19.
Most people who feel like they are coming down with a cold or the flu, immediately start taking Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Zinc, and herbs like Elderberry. Those are good as immediate boosters. Natural Biology designed STEMICOL as a 10 Day immune system booster. It works.
That said, Natural Biology believes building a strong immune system with supplements starts everyday. Our typical customer says they get sick less than they use to and feel an exponential increase in overall health. It's the Orthomolecular approach to supplements that works - nourishing, protecting, and rejuvenating cells on a daily basis.
Modern life is the biggest enemy of a healthy immune system. Between the sheer speed of life, ever-changing technology, and non-stop work and family demands, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. Add to this a typical diet heavy in processed foods, sleep deprivation, drug overuse, and chronic stress that combine to compromise the immune system’s ability to be effective.
Stress and anxiety weakens your customers’ resistance in many ways. When people are stressed, they tend to eat unhealthy comfort foods, do not get restful sleep, and get worked up into an emotional spiral that stimulates higher release of cortisol, placing pressure on metalism, blood sugar and blood pressure. COVID-19 quarantine has added to the level of stress.
Immune status is multi-factorial. These include environmental pollution, sedentary lifestyle, poor GI (gastrointestinal) health (dysbiosis), lack of sufficient dietary fiber, exposure to fungi and mycotoxins, and even dental root canals.
In recent years, medical research has revealed the critical roles played in immune function by the GI tract, “and probiotics, enzymes, and herbs that promote digestion have leaped into greater popularity. Natural Biology believes in probiotics and digestive enzymes but we also feel if you take a product like EVEREST Earth & Sea Formula, you might discover you don't need them. You might, but there's a strong possibility you won't. “The complexity of the connection between brain function and the other systems of the body is being more fully realized, and nutrients in Natural Biology advanced supplements support cognitive performance, digestion, cardio-vascular system, skin and hair, hormonal system, and yes - Immune System Health.
Autoimmunity is a condition that is characterized by being off balance—the immune system is overactive, hyper, attacking good or benign molecules, often itself. This condition creates a host of health dysfunctions, such as psoriasis, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), lupus and more.
According to the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association Inc. (AARDA), NIH (National Institutes of Health) estimates up to 23.5 million Americans suffer from autoimmune disease and that the prevalence is rising; and the annual direct health care costs for autoimmune diseases is approximately $100 billion. Researchers have identified 80 to 100 different autoimmune diseases and suspect at least 40 additional diseases of having an autoimmune basis. The AARDA, however, estimated that approximately 50 million Americans have an autoimmune condition due to the NIH only including 24 diseases for which epidemiology studies were available.
The number of cases of both autoimmune diseases and allergies have sharply risen over the last 50 years. He attributes this to overuse of antibiotics that disrupt healthy gut ecology, nutritional deficiencies (especially vitamins D and A), environmental pollutant exposure, excessive salt intake (which promotes TH17 t lymphocyte activity), and a pro-inflammatory diet.
The primary trigger that initiates autoimmune diseases is intestinal permeability (leaky gut). Intestinal inflammation triggers zonulin. Fasano says the two main triggers that cause intestinal inflammation, which triggers zonulin and causes leaky gut are gluten and pathogenic intestinal bacteria.“
People with autoimmune conditions, genetics plays a small role (it is often an “inherited” condition). Also, other factors, “such as chronic exposure to toxins like mercury, infections like candida or herpes simplex, and food sensitivities, hormone imbalances, and even stress are also linked to the development of certain autoimmune diseases.
The fact remains that each year, an increasing percentage of Americans are diagnosed with autoimmune and endocrine system disorders, while traditional farming methods continue to use glyphosate (Roundup), and other pesticides, fungicides and herbicides to excess. These disruptors end up in the environment and food. This exposure, regardless if we eat organic, could contribute to the rise of autoimmune disorder diagnosis.
Increased use of environmental chemicals is proven to slow down the brain receptors for serotonin and GABA, leading to an increase of depression Medical professionals are discovering. Combined with the degradation of acetylcholine function (brain speed and memory) and neuron health leading to increased OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder), headaches, insomnia and confusion, medications for depression are escalating at an alarming rate. All of this affects the immune system balance long-term.
Common autoimmune diseases, like psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, and IBS “are related to inflammatory and histamine responses that attack the body rather than protect it. The conditions themselves are quite complicated, so it’s no surprise that retailers and consumers would find protocols for these conditions a challenge.”
Many medical professionals believe that autoimmune disease wholly involves an overactive immune response. However, research shows that many (if not most) autoimmune conditions are from a prematurely aged immune system that causes a loss of normal regulatory control, which allows a loss of self-tolerance (the tolerogenic state) and an excessive immune response. Immune amphoterics strengthen and nourish the immune system, allowing it to regain normal self-regulatory control. Many of the nutrients in EVEREST Earth & Sea Formula fit into this category of support for auto-immune conditions.
Auto-immune conditions should be monitored in conjunction with your physician as well as great supplements, stress management, exercise, and a healthier diet.
Healthy State of Mind
Other areas to address for immune system health include mental—have a purpose and passion in life. We recommend meditation and staying connected. Maintain satisfying friendships and relationships and appreciate and respect Mother Earth and nature. Find a hobby you enjoy. Take your spouse on frequent dates. Schedule time with friends. Limit toxic relationships and negative people. Consider watching less TV, particular news.
Relaxation via meditation needs to be a part of your customers’ immune-enhancing lifestyles as well, as it can help lower stress. Meditation impacts the sympathetic nervous system and lowers plasma levels of epinephrine and norepinephrine. If you find meditation is too difficult or you just don't want to, practice deep breathing which has been shown to provide a calming effect.
Try to take some time to review your diet and find healthy balances. So many of the foods and beverages retailers are going the extra mile these days will to help you achieve immune-balance success. For example, many yogurt products have probiotics, less sugar, and help improve gut flora.
In conclusion, the easiest part of your immune system health is taking a great supplement like EVEREST Earth & Sea Formula, Vintage Resveratrol 100%, OxyAGE, Okinawa Coral Calcium, Norwegian Omega 3, and/or Arctic Ocean Krill Oil. Natural Biology believes our Orthomolecular formulations make immune system health easier and provide motivation to keep the balancing act going to good immune system health.