The human immune system is fascinating. It helps protect the body from invading microorganisms. A delicate balance must be maintained between the immune system responding when necessary (such as during an infection) but then turning down when there is no longer a threat. People who suffer from chronic infections or develop colds often tend to have an under responsive immune systems. Nutrient poor diets lacking micronutrients and antioxidants and excessive stress can lead to immune system irregularities and chronic illness. Therefore, consuming high quality, micronutrient rich foods (such as fruits, vegetables, eggs, nuts/seeds, etc), and reducing stress where possible will be beneficial. Many people do not meet the Recommended Daily Allowances (RDAs) for many micronutrients. For those that do meet these recommendations, it is important to know that these recommendations were set to provide the minimum amount of the nutrient to prevent disease, not the amount needed to thrive and live optimally. Taking a high quality multivitamin such as Daily Balance can help provide immune system support by providing immune cells with the essential micronutrients they need to function. Absolute Greens is a Superfood drink containing the antioxidant capacity of 10 servings of fruits and vegetables from 50 different Superfoods. It can be used to provide antioxidant support for the immune system.
In addition to stress reduction practices such as yoga and meditation, supplements can also be taken to help relieve stress. Relax & Calm can help provide deep, relaxing sleep and Stress Relief can help the body respond appropriately to stressors.
During the acute phase of an illness, such as the common cold, Active C (tablets or powder) and Zinc Lozenges can be used and may help shorten the duration of cold symptoms. Vitamin D deficiency can lead to immune system irregularities. Active D or Active D Plus can help bring vitamin D levels back up to optimal levels.
Keep in mind this free educational portal is not to be interpreted as medical or healthcare advice. This portal is designed to be an educational platform to help individuals better understand how to use diet and nutrition to enhance their overall health. Without a full clinical picture we are unable to ascertain the best actions for any individual. Consult your doctor before implementing or changing current treatment plans. If you are a doctor, use the general guidelines provided in this portal to add to your clinical picture and enable you to make the best decision for your patient.