Our Immune Systems: Standing Guard and On the Ready
As we all know, there is hardly anything more vital and important than having our immune system be our powerful bodyguard and unrelenting ally — always standing guard and on the ready 24/7. Whether we’re navigating a change of seasons, a room full of kids with runny noses, or a jam-packed airplane or elevator full of sniffling passengers, we want to know that our immune systems are there when we need them most.
You've Got That Bug...
Your nose is stuffy. Your head is aching. You feel a tickle in your throat.
The symptoms are woefully unmistakable. You’re “coming down with something.”
But for all the times you actually get sick, there are countless others when your body has prevented this from happening in the first place. We all know that some of us are more prone to getting sick than others? It’s not just about exposure — how many times have you been exposed to the same bug as someone else but only one of you gets sick. It’s the strength, readiness, and balance of your immune system that really matters.
Innate Immunity: Your First Line of Defense
Before we discuss why we get sick, let’s take a look at how it all works. Our immune systems are incredibly designed by nature to be continuously on guard — carrying out their elaborate, masterful task of keeping us safe, healthy and well.
Luckily, we’re born into this world with a very powerful, built-in defense. That’s good news! Because the minute we leave the safe bubble of the womb and throughout our entire lives, we are bombarded by all kinds of potential threats from every direction. As we grow up, our immune system gets even better and better at its job of protecting us.
This is what’s called our innate, or natural, immunity. It’s our body’s generalized first-line response to outside threats. It recognizes “self” from “non-self” and protects us from anything that isn’t supposed to be in our bodies. Natural, structural barriers like our skin and the lining inside our respiratory and digestive tracts are the first wave of defense. Special types of white blood cells are also part of our innate immunity, on patrol around the clock, searching out and destroying any and all threats to our health. These incredible white blood cells have many functions (and funny names): phagocytes engulf foreign invaders and debris; natural killer cells destroy abnormal cells; dendritic cells alert other parts of your immune system, called your adaptive immunity, which helps out when more reinforcements are needed. It’s a diverse and very powerful army all working together for your good.
Why Your Defenses Go Down
If your immune system was successful 100% of the time, you would think you’d never get sick. Wouldn’t that be great? Not really! Getting sick is not only something that happens to each of us on occasion, it is actually an all-important and crucial part of developing your powerful ‘adaptive’ immune response. This is your immune system’s memory – when your immune cells see something once, they remember it forever. So the next time your immune system is exposed it will be faster and better at fighting it off.
However, there is an important balance. If you are coming down with colds too often or feel as though you’re always fighting something chronic, your immune system may be stressed and weakened.
For some of us, we fall into the pattern of frequent or chronic illness with all the daily demands of work, family, kids — always so much to do and not enough time. Maybe we’re not sleeping enough. Not exercising enough. Not eating well enough. Not relaxing enough. Enough of these ‘not enoughs’ and our immune systems suffer. And then there’s the process of aging and its many challenges, which has been well documented to decrease the function of your immune system too.
When Things Go Deeper
Most of the time your body can successfully fight off a bug. It may take longer if you are under stress or weakened, but eventually you get back to your non-sick self.
Unfortunately, there are times when an immune system gets stuck in a rut, so to speak. It’s out of whack and out of balance; this is when deeper, more serious illness can occur. There can be chronic infection, inflammation or, even worse, your body can turn on itself and start attacking its own cells. Chronic inflammation and immune system dysfunction underlie many of today’s modern disorders.
The importance of having both a strong immune response and a healthy, balanced one should not be underestimated. Your immune system needs to know how to both turn itself on and turn itself down.
Take Care of Yourself—Year-Round
So what can be done to support a healthy immune system response?
For starters, take care of yourself as best as you can.
This will look different for everyone. But the foundations of health are essential. Sleep. Eat a nutritious diet with plentiful amounts of fruits and vegetables. Rest. Move your body. Drink plenty of water. De-stress. Breathe.
With these basics in place, supplementing with some of nature’s best immune boosters, balancers, and protectors can provide essential added support. Many nutritional supplements are designed to be taken when you first feel something coming on or for short periods of time. Unfortunately, such products only address a tiny fraction of your immune system’s true requirements. Your immune system is needed to be ‘on’ 24/7, 365 days of the year and so should your immune health plan.
Our Immune Health™ formula is specially designed for this type of deep, comprehensive support. Safe and potent for everyday usage, your healthy immune system will be deeply balanced and protected, so you can enjoy your life to the fullest. Don’t go it alone!