Our health is directly influenced by our Immune System for which there is only one disease. That is the malfunctioning of our cells. Together with the lack of vital nutrients and our everyday compilation and exposure to toxins that weaken the immune system.
It is strongly influence by the intake of phytonutrients, bioflavonoids, enzymes and minerals which the Standard American Diet is lacking. Food matters because it can be the most powerful and proactive form of health insurance or the poison that makes us sick.
If food is a fundamental tool for healing, not just calories, or a source of energy, but as science reveals – food is information. It contains instructions that communicate messages to your genes, hormones, gut flora, immune system and in actuality to every system of your body and mind.
Our bodies take it all in and it might fill a hunger void while tackling the junk, processed, refined foods full of sugar and chemicals, additives, preservatives, growth hormones and environmental toxins. All these genetically modified foods, medications can not be metabolized but they get stored in our organs and tissue’s while inflaming the gut walls weakening the immune system and confusing its cellular response.
The cells in the immune system have the ability to recognize something as either “self” or “invader”, and will try to get rid of anything that is an invader. In contrast, autoimmune diseases result from a hyperactive immune system attacking normal tissues as if they were foreign invading organisms. Natural nutritive forces, like healing foods and herbal medicines can and do support the immune system. By investing in a period of time to rebuild immunity, reduce inflammation then health can be naturally restored and disease disappears.
“The long term effects of the breakdown of the immune system can be seen in increased infections, auto-immune disorders and tumor formation. The body’s last ditch effort to compensate for the loss of internal defenses is to hyper activate the depressed immune function. What it may do is over stimulate the immune function, sacrificing the “self” – “not self” regulatory mechanisms. The defenses then perceive its own organs and systems as “not self” and begin to mount defenses against them. This starts the precipitous march toward auto immune disorders such as SLE, Multiple Sclerosis , Rhumatoid Arthritis and possibly Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.”1
Immunodeficiency diseases occur when the immune system is less active than normal, resulting in recurring and life-threatening infections. All of these degenerative diseases like Hippocrates claimed thousand of years ago, “begins in the gut”. As you are well aware that we have bacteria in our digestive tract. It is known that this mass of trillions of microbes is monumental to the effect they have on all aspects of health in the human body. Recent research proves on average that 90 percent of all cells and all genetic material in the human body dominates from our gut flora.
IS YOUR GUT FLORA ADEQUATE?
The gut flora or lack of good microbes can become the tipping point for individuals in their balance for health versus dis-ease. In a healthy person, their micro biome or gut flora has the necessary beneficial or probiotic species of microbes including beneficial fungi, protozoa, worms and viruses.
Today we know that the immune system is not responsive to drugs for healing. Antibiotics used to fight infections actually depress the immune system when used long-term while simultaneously becoming resistant to it’s effect. Bacteria have their innate ability to mutate for survival as we have seen with MRSA.
When the gut flora gets wiped out repeatedly by courses of antibiotics, exposure to toxins, manmade chemicals, prescription meds, GMO’s, sugar, inflammatory foods and other various influences then pathogenic bacteria, viruses, fungi and other disease causing microbes take over the digestive tract. They then digest the food that comes along in their way creating more toxic poisonous substances which absorbs thru the gut lining passing into various area’s of the body and brain.
Medical experts say and is quoted in The Journal of the American Medical Association –
“In the coming decades,
the most important determinants of health and longevity
will be the personal choices
made by each individual.”
Key Components of the Immune System Function are T and B lymphocytes, natural killer cells, phagocytes, antibodies or immunoglobulins. Colostrum, Interferon and lactoferrin proteins which support the growth of bifidobacteria in the gut that which is responsible for activating specific immune cells such as macrophages and neutrophils which inhibit the cellular attachment and replication of viruses.
To raise immunological health is with nutrition and I have found transfer factors are remarkable for compromised immune systems which need these pathways boosted and fully supported. Transfer factors are not a new discovery, term or product, but well documented and studied molecules that communicate antigenic immunological information inter cellularly from immune donors to non-immune recipients. It is written in the journal of Molecular Medicine, April 6, 2000 that Transfer Factors derived from bovine colostrum, avian sources and with immune/gut enhancing adaptogens increases Natural Killer Cells by 437%.
“By taking Transfer Factors you are actually teaching your immune system to function on higher level. I don’t care how many vitamins, minerals or other supplements people take. Nothing offers them this kind of effect. Transfer Factors could be the biggest breakthrough in preventive medicine to date.” – Richard Bennett, PhD.
NATURE PROVIDES THY MEDICINE
Transfer Factors are made by nature and these naturally occurring small strands of amino acids and bits of RNA play a direct role in creating immunity. They help white blood cells locate stubborn infections and heal them as they are the specific powerhouses for autoimmunity, recognizing not only viral infections but work on the same level as the immune system unnecessarily responds causing inflammation to occur. The same goes for any neurological disorders like autism and Alzheimer’s as there’s specific correlation between the gut/brain axis with faulty biochemistry factors and immune dysfunction.
Whereas the roles of vitamins, minerals and enzymes are numerous as they are the catalysts in how our bodies optimally function. Just as a healthy balance of proteins, carbohydrates and fats are foods that fill these sources of nourishment.
Whether it’s inadequate intake or the malabsorption issue our guts are lacking or I should say leaking. As we are living cellular beings whose bodies and brains stay balanced when our cells are fed abundantly with beneficial super nutrient dense concentrations of minerals, omega 3 fatty acids, antioxidants, beta carotene, fiber, folic acid, glutathione, lutein, lycopene, polyphenols, probiotics and zeaxanthins.
Simultaneously superfoods that contain these powerful constituents will boost the bodies immune capabilities, fight daily inflammation, and support the digestive tracts tremendous job of keeping the body and brain vibrantly multi functioning without flawlessly falling ill.
Not so easy in an overly toxic world which invades our being from every angle and as we have become a malnourished nation not for the lack of food, but have fallen into a matrix of eating frankenfoods that are not real whole clean foods. Regulatory agencies have deceptively allowed Glyphosate’s, GMO’s and Roundup to be used in conjunction with foods that create holes in and in between the cell walls of our guts, these are chelators of dysbiosis and seriously block the bodies detoxification pathways.
Connect the dots to what might be making you seriously sick, fatigued, feeling overly anxious or living in a fog all the time?
The Biotech industry has played more than genetic roulette with the dynamics of nature and with living beings on this planet by choosing genetic engineering and using oil based pesticides. BT toxins from Roundup and glyphosate are directly responsible for the failure to thrive as our health slowly collapses into disease as DNA regulators become damaged when cellular health is destroyed. These low dose effects cause a cascade of mitochondrial blockers, hormonal issues as it disrupts the endocrine glands, toxicity from the brain to the toes, dysbiosis and leaky gut syndrome, infertility, weight loss or resistance. This all results in silent inflammation which leads to allergies, auto immune disorders, heart disease and cancer.
Organic superfoods to the rescue as they are known to be functional foods because they provide benefits to the body beyond simple sustenance. They’ve been known to play a major role in cancer prevention, reduction of risk for cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes and a host of chronic ailments and infections. It is now known that these same foods can also boost your ability to burn calories, reduce excess weight release, enhance your immune system, feel vibrant and energetic allowing one to age more gracefully.
Putting a squeeze on unnecessary oxidative stress, toxins and inflammation is the key to protecting your DNA. Preventing health from continuing to spiral downward, but actually reversing is possible. Jumpstarting your health, getting out of the disease mode to help you replenish should begin with a cellular cleanse.
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BALANCED NUTRITION IS VITAL FOR THE IMMUNE SYSTEM
Protein and essential amino acids are absolutely critical to every component of the immune system because the body cannot defend itself without producing new proteins. Vitamin A is needed to promote the growth, differentiation, and activation of all cells, including immune cells, while vitamin C possesses potent antioxidant power that protects immune cells from free radical damage. Vitamin C has a direct effect on immune-cell function, and a deficiency of this essential nutrient has without a debate been linked to impaired immune response. Additionally, deficient intake of vitamin C decreases the ability of phagocytic cells to migrate to sites where an inflammatory process is occurring, which may allow the spread of an otherwise localized infection.
Two vitamins that support the adrenals in their everyday challenge to deal with stress with their cortisol releasing glands is adequate intakes of vitamin C and B’s. Vitamin B is important for immune function and with folate being critical in its role in DNA, RNA and protein synthesis which without proper intake decreases the production, repair and capabilities of the immune cells. Antibodies that they produce are necessary for hindering an immune response especially needed for an infection. During an immune response, the need for oxygen increases as immune cells proliferate and perform their functions and for this adequate iron is required as it helps transport oxygen to the blood via how hemoglobin is produced.
When protein is not being digested properly because of low enzymatic function, a permeable gut or in the case of so many American’s who suffer with low stomach acid, low iron and B12 absorption is highly symptomatic. I see so much of this in my practice when clients walk in so lethargic, lacking vitality and just feeling like crap(FLC syndrome). Once addressing the weakened organs with proper nutraceutical support that “AHHA moment” happens when the links of nourishment are connected.
Today’s daily diet doesn’t provide the intake of needed minerals like zinc, copper and selenium which directly fortify the functioning of antibody-forming cells. Leafy green vegetables, ocean veggies provide ample minerals but most people’s plates don’t display the array of rainbow rich nutrition needed for the body to do the dance. Trace minerals are like the spark plugs needed for hundreds of different enzymes, immune cells to support in their synthesis of repair and healing in the body. Powering up daily with a glass of delicious greens and berries that has a whopping 50 antioxidant rich superfoods that are one of my personal favorites as it’s synergistically blended together to give your body what it needs for vital energy and healing.
When we take in antioxidant rich foods we are protecting our internal environment from free radical damage and the cells and catalysts of the immune system are less easily destroyed during an immune response, thus increasing their number and effectiveness.
The immune system takes priority over other body systems causing us to feel more tired, run down and depleted of energy. Nature’s allocation of energy adheres to a strict hierarchy of needs and especially DNA damage…repair is an energy intensive process which requires the proper foods to fuel balance and healing.
I am an advocate for a new form of medicine, Functional Medicine which addresses the root cause of disease. As a Holistic Practitioner/Integrative Nutritionist we look at the body as an ecosystem, not a collection of parts and systems to treat separately, but an inter connectedness of cellular functioning. We treat the human organism as a whole, not just organs, not just symptoms or a particular system, but equate to where the imbalances have tipped the internal working ecosystem into a weakened individual human machine.
As Hippocrates said in 400 BC, “let food be your medicine and let medicine be your food.” Both aspects of this quote must be considered – not just food as medicine, but also medicine as food! That means superfoods, herbs, spices, adaptogens and high quality supplements to support the lack of nutrients and absorption factors needed to synergistically improve your brain and mind power, increase energy, spark metabolic and immune function while support overall well-being!
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