Whether it’s the heart of sniffle season or the peak of summer, life is busy, and you want your immune system to keep up. Getting a good night’s sleep, eating healthy foods, and managing your stress are all crucial ways to keep your immune system in tip top shape. Nourishing your body with immune-friendly nutrients like those found in the Immune Health blend is another way to support your immune health. Check out the science behind our Immune Health blend.
Why your Immune Health Matters
Every day we encounter germs and harmful bacteria. And whether you’re at a friend’s house, walking your dog or grocery shopping, your immune system works hard to keep you healthy. So it’s important to take care of it year-round, not just when you’re sick!
Your immune system is a widespread network that ranges across your entire body -from your intestines to your skin to ward off harmful invaders, so all your body’s processes function at their best.
There are two parts- your adaptive immunity and your innate immunity. Your innate immunity is usually described as your body’s first line of defense. It attacks harmful pathogens without any specific skills to get the job done.
Whereas your adaptive immunity uses stored memory to attack the invaders in a specific, efficient way. You see, when your body fights a virus, it stores that information so next time that virus was to come around, it knows exactly what to do.
Along with proper hygiene (wash your hands!), sleep, stress management, fueling your body on nutritious foods helps ensure this network stays strong. With good fuel, it’s not only able to better protect you but can also help you recover faster in the event of an illness.
Nutritious fuel includes a diet full of fruits, vegetables, protein, whole grains, and heart-healthy fats – plus, you can add a little extra support in the form of supplements.
Immune Support contains AP-BIO™ a patented form of the herb andrographis, astragalus, and beta-glucans from reishi mushroom extract. AP-BIO™ contains a blend of 7 bioactives that helps relieve symptoms linked to the common cold according to research.1
Astragalus is an adaptogen – a type of herb that helps your body adapt and respond better to physical or environmental stressors. Its benefits have been well-known for centuries and have been used in traditional remedies to aid the immune system.
What’s more, the immune support also includes Beta-glucans, which are soluble fibers that come from the cell walls of the reishi mushroom. This fungi is believed to support your immune response by having an effect on your white blood cells, which play a key role in your immune response.2
A large portion of your immune system is housed in your GI tract, which homes trillions of microbes (bacteria) that support your body’s immune system. But your GI tract consists of both good and bacteria, meaning some are beneficial to your health, while others can cause harm (foreign germs) and illness. Keeping a healthy ratio of good to bad bacteria is key to your immune response and health. One way to keep this ration, is by introducing new beneficial bacteria through fermented foods (i.e. yogurt, kefir, kimchi or kombucha) or a probiotic supplement can help to ensure the external bacteria you encounter daily doesn’t negatively impact your internal bacteria.3
Bilberries are one of the richest sources of anthocyanins, a kind of compound with antioxidant properties. Antioxidants help protect your body by reducing free radicals, naturally occurring substances that can damage cells when they’re allowed to build up. Plus, the bilberry in the Immune Health Blend is paired with Vitamin A and citrus bio-flavonoid complex to further support your immune system.
Quercetin – a powerful antioxidant found in foods like broccoli, apples and grapes is believed to inhibit the release of histamine, a chemical produced by your white blood cells when they attack a potential allergen.4 Generally, it’s a good thing that your body is warding off potential allergens, but if it works overtime and too much histamine is released, it can actually end up having the opposite effect. Quercetin may help support a balanced immune system.
The Immune Health Blend promotes a proactive approach to your health instead of a reactive approach. It aims to nourish your body daily with immune-friendly nutrients to better support your immune response all year long.
For more ways to support your immune response, read 6 tips to strengthen your immune system, naturally
Hayley is a Licensed Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) with a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from Florida State University and a Master of Science in Dietetics from the University of Rhode Island. Hayley is dedicated to empowering individuals to achieve their nutritional goals through evidence-based practices.
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