Improving your Immune system

The pain of shingles, body aches, cough, runny nose, respiratory infections, the harsh cough, sore throat infections and even seasonal allergies they all have one thing in common: a week immune system.  People with a weak immune system have a higher risk of experiencing frequent infections and severe symptoms. They may be more prone to pneumonia and other conditions. Bacteria and viruses, including the virus that causes the infection COVID-19, can have a devastating effect on a person with a compromised immune system.

6 Signs You May Have a Weakened Immune System

  • You Always Have a Cold, suffer from allergies
  • You Have Frequent Infections, viral infections
  • You Feel Tired All the Time
  • Your Stress Level is Sky-High
  • You Have Lots of Tummy Troubles
  • Your Wounds Are Slow to Heal

Ok, now for some better news…there are wonderful natural ingredients that may help ease the challenges we have mentioned above.  Typically high doses of vitamins and supplements during a small period of 24 to 48 hours may help minimize symptoms or reverse illnesses to natural healing give your immune system an additional boost when you need it.  Whether it’s the basics like vitamin D, or the extraordinarily unusual, like propolis, there are clinically studied interventions that can make a real difference in susceptibility to infection.

Elderberry in addition to other antiviral nutrients like Zinc, Vitamin D, Vitamin C disrupt viruses may help the body’s ability to fight infections.  Best yet, it provides an alternative without having to worry about the side effects of antibiotics and other medications. Elderberry has been found to be highly effective against 13 different pathogens, including Streptococcus pyogenes and Escherichia coli.

There are many minerals that also make a difference.  Magnesium helps maintain the bronchial system running smoothly.  This is especially important for anyone suffering from acute respiratory viruses.

Zinc is an important mineral for maintaining the immune system running smoothly. In one study, zinc reduced cold symptom duration by 42 percent when taken on the first day of symptoms. Zinc is a required nutrient for T-lymphocyte (white blood cell) activity. It helps our body’s natural “guards” keep out potentially dangerous invaders, including bacterial and viral infections. Selenium, another mineral that our immune system needs in greater amounts when it is in distress, has been shown to be an excellent “partner nutrient” with zinc.

Andrographis (Andrographis paniculata) is an herb long used in traditional Chinese medicine and ayurveda. Also known as "Indian echinacea," andrographis is a bitter-tasting herb rich in compounds known as andrographolides. These compounds are thought to have anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antioxidant properties.

Olives are a staple of the Mediterranean diet.  Olive leaf extract is a concentrated dose of the nutrients in olive tree leaves. It’s a potent source of antioxidants that support your immune system.  It has anti-inflammatory properties can help protect skin, decrease sun damage and increase elasticity.

Quercetin has another powerful antioxidant that has anti-inflammatory properties.  It may help, prevent heart disease and control blood sugar, reduce the risk of cancers.  Quercetin, a plant pigment is a potent antioxidant flavonoid and more specifically a flavonol, found mostly in onions, grapes, berries, cherries, broccoli, and citrus fruits. It is a versatile antioxidant known to possess protective abilities against tissue injury induced by various drug toxicities. A study conducted in 2015 found that quercetin restricted the growth of prostate cancer cells in mice and rats.  Another study found that was helpful in vitro study in the treatment and prevention of prostate cancer.   A  study published from the American Heart Association found that taking Quercetin can help lower high blood pressure.

Another less known but powerful isoflavone is Kudzu.  Used for centuries, Kudzu's root, flower,  has been used in Chinese Medicine since at least 200 BC and as early as 600 AD to treat alcoholism.  Kudzu has been proven to help with alcohol hangover, high blood pressure, circulatory problems, skin rashes, sinus infections and more.  

We Recommend to incorporate in your diet Immune Defense 15 in 1. It has a highly effective formula which combines, herbs, minerals and compounds to naturally help boost your immune system.  It contains high and powerful combinations of elderberry (Sambucus nigra), in addition to Selenium, Olive Leaf, extract, Andrographis, Turmeric, Quercetin, Oregano Leaf Powder, and vitamins like A, C, and D.   

Remember

It is never too late to build and improve your immune health.  A key element is to get your 7-8 hours of sleep, walk 30-45 minutes a day, stay away from processed meals, refined sugars and bad carbohydrates.  It is important to be proactive and ingest the right nutrients that will help you quickly recover if you do become sick.  The longer that you take them the even more effective  proactive the quickly It is important to avoid excessive sugar and processed foods, get good sleep at night, and keep active. But there are also nutrients that will help you quickly and become even more effective over time as you deal with our ever-changing world of viruses and bacteria.

This article is intended to provide you with information to maintain your health.  We invite you to check with your healthcare before taking any supplement. At Life Shield Nutritionals we encourage strong solutions for health living by empowering readers with good health education, encouraging  healthy eating habits and promoting spiritual wellness.

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