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Poor Immune System Function
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Recommended Supplements to Boost Immune Function

Other Natural Ways to Boost Your Immune System

g an epidemic in today’s world.  Having a poorly functioning immune system puts you at higher risk for many illnesses like the common cold and the flu.  It also makes it more likely that once you have an upper respiratory illness, it will develop into something more serious, like bronchitis or pneumonia.  In addition, those with weak immune systems are more likely to develop serious illnesses, like cancer, chronic fatigue, AIDS, lupus, systemic candida, multiple chemical sensitivity and more.

Your immune system is made up of various cells and organs that help your body stay well, and protect it from outside assaults, including various pathogens and toxins.
 

Common Symptoms & Causes of Immune System Problems
 


In America, many of us catch the common cold or the flu several times each winter, but did you know that if you have a strong immune system, you would rarely get sick?  If you are one of those who tends to get sick a lot, you might want to think about doing something to boost your immune system, as poor immune function can lead to all sorts of more serious problems, including cancer.

Do you know someone who never seems to get sick?  Well, if that person is in poor health overall, that actually could be a bad sign, that their immune system is so bad off they their body cannot even muster up the energy to show symptoms for the common cold.  However, for those in robust health who never get sick, they often were just born with a good constitution, and that’s why they rarely get sick.  But for the rest of us, diet and supplements can be a big help, as well as avoiding certain things.

Some things to avoid, if you want to boost your immune function, include:

  • White sugar / refined sugar products
  • Packaged foods
  • Prolongued use of antibiotics and/or cortico-steroids*
  • Emotional stress
  • Environmental pollutants, especially heavy metals

Did you know that studies have shown that your immune system can get depressed and remain depressed for up to 5 hours after ingesting white sugar?  Yes, sugar can reduce your body’s production of white blood cells and antibodies, which are key agents in your immmune system’s arsenal.  This means that if you (or your kids) eat sugar at each meal, like many do, you (or they) will have a depressed immune system all day long!
 

Also many people don’t know this, but if you are exposed to pollution, your body has to work hard to get those toxins out of your body, and this means for most people that your body cannot work as hard fighting off germs and pathogens.  In addition, heavy metals like mercury are known immune system depressors.

*Of course, if you and your doctor have determined you need these drugs, we are not suggesting you stop.  That should of course be betwee you and your doctor.  However, with a stronger immune system, you may not need them as much in the future.
 

Whey Protein Powder and Immune Health
 


There is a lot of research out there that has shown that whey protein powder can help you boost your immune system health.  But much of that research was done with a whey protein powder concentrate that was undenatured.  This undenatured why contains higher levels of the amino acid cysteine, which seems to be a key to boosting immune and detoxification function.

Dr. Gustavo Bounous, Surgeon and Research Scientist at McGill University in Montreal, and his colleages, have found many benefits to undenatured whey protein:  It boosts glutathione and hence immune health, and has been shown to have anticancer activity.  They found whey protein was useful to HIV positive people and helped them to gain weight and to boost glutathione levels (but they used biologically active, undenatured whey).  In another study with mice, they found that undenatured whey protein concentrate helped the mice to resist disease better, live longer and better resist cancer.

In fact, scientists have known about whey protein and the benefits of glutathione for over a hundred years.  They know it is a master antioxidant that helps the immune system function better and and also the detoxification system work better.  This can be extremely useful in today’s world, where we are exposed to many chemicals, toxins and much pollution.

Many leading alternative health practitioners recommend undenatured whey protein for immune system health and preventative medicine against many chronic, long-term, aging-related diseases*.
 

Immune Health, Vitamins & Supplements
 


In addition to adding a high quality undenatured whey protein powder to your diet, many studies have shown the benefits of various vitamins and minerals in helping to boost immune system health.  Although many might think that vitamin C is the most important immune boosting vitamin, there are those that would actually put Vitamin A at the top of the list.  This is a big problem for many of us today, as foods that contain Vitamin A tend to be animal foods high in fat (Vitamin A is one of the fat soluble vitamins, found only in foods with fat in it, like butter and cream from grass-fed cows, and liver).

Vitamin A, C, D and E all seem to be important in boosting immune function (and 3 of these, A, D and E, are fat soluble, and if you don’t get enough fat in your diet, you won’t be getting enough of these vitamins either, unless you supplement).  We’ve been hearing a lot about Vitamin D levels and immune function lately in the news, but just know that one study showed it took a while - 2 months - of having normal levels of Vitamin D before significant immune function increase was seen.  That sounds like with a lot of natural supplements - sometimes it can take some time to see results.  That’s a reason to give supplements some time to work.

Vitamin E seems to increase levels of key infection fighters in the body:  interleukin and interferon, and Vitamin C helps your white blood cells function better.

Selenium and zinc are two minerals that are very important for your immune system health, and having enough probiotics in your gut is also important*.  Try to eat a farm-fresh, organic, whole foods diet as much as possible, and if you feel you need more, here are some supplements that can help boost immune function*:

Recommended Vitamins & Nutritional Supplements*

  • Nondenatured Whey Protein Powder*
  • High Vitamin Cod Liver Oil (for Vitamin A & Vitamin D)*
  • Vitamin E Complex with Selenium*
  • Zinc*
  • Vitamin C Complex*
  • Goji Juice*
  • Probiotics*
  • Greens*
  • Chlorella*
     
Boost Immune Function With Good Foods and More*
 


Foods high in vitamin A include whole milk products, and cream and butter from grass-fed cows, and also grass-fed beef liver, and eggs from pastured chickens.  Vitamin D is also found in pastured chickens and their eggs, as well as in seafood like salmon and shrimp.  Vitamin E is found in whole grains and nuts, and high Vitamin C foods include camu camu and goji berries, citrus fruits, peppers and broccoli.

Also, regular exercise has been shown to boost immune system function.  Eliminate or lower prescription and non-prescription drugs if possible, including cigarettes, and also other toxins.  Whey protein powder can boost glutathione production, and higher levels of glutathione have been shown to help your body detoxify better, so if you need to take drugs, or know you are being exposed to other toxins, say at a work place, it may be even more beneficial for you to add a high quality whey protein powder to your supplement regime*.
 

 

* This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA.  This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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