Immune/Lymphatic

Immune System Health Concerns:  Inflammation, hypothyroidism, flu, viruses, lymphedema, lupus, lymphoma, rheumatoid arthritis, hypoglycemia, diabetes, Hodgkin’s disease and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

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Immunity is more important than ever because of the Covid-19 world we live in now.

Building a defense against foreign invasions of viruses and bacteria is absolutely necessary and the lymphatic system is just the right candidate for such a task. The lymphatic system is a network of organs that filter, defend, and expel foreign substances from the body such as bacteria, toxins, and bodily waste by releasing white blood cells.

Your immune system is the body’s “Department of Defense”.  It has small bean size pods (lymph nodes) that produce and store cells that hold and push back infections, viruses, bacteria, and the many illnesses that invade us like the flu and maybe even cancer.  A failed defense can fall apart and wreak havoc on several of our systems at one time.

The pancreas produces the insulin that helps control blood sugar levels.

The thyroid produces hormones associated with calorie burning and heart rate; thus, controlling your metabolism.

The adrenal glands produce hormones that control sex drive and cortisol, the stress hormone.

The hypothalamus connects with the nervous system to regulate the pituitary gland; the system’s master gland which controls all the glands.

The pineal gland produces melatonin to help your body go to sleep.

The spleen controls the amount of red blood cells and helps fight infection by identifying harmful bacteria and viruses and along with the lymph nodes to produce white blood cells to go forth and fight the unwanted invaders called pathogens.

The parathyroid glands (4) regulate bone health nutrients such as calcium and phosphorus.

The thymus gland processes T cells, which help destroy infected or cancerous cells.

There are several nutrients and herbs that enhance the immune system to help you fight virus and bacterial illnesses, and free radicals.  Free radical immunity response is extremely important in this day and age with the many virus and environmental conditions we are facing today.  The spleen, thymus, pituitary gland, pineal gland, testes, pancreas, adrenal glands, ovaries, thyroid gland, and the whole lymphatic system play vital roles in supporting and enhancing the immune system.

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Important Nutrients – Vitamin C, quercetin, selenium, Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, zinc, Beta-carotene, Vitamin E, iron, Maitake, shitake, reishi, pycnogenol, garlic

Food Sources – citrus fruits, green tea, almonds, broccoli, garlic, red bell peppers,
ginger, shellfish, yogurt, papaya, kiwi, poultry, spinach, whole grains, shiitake, reishi

Herb Sources – garlic, astaxanthin, elderberry, CBD, Echinacea, turmeric, shiitake, reishi

Avoid – Trans fats, excessive sugar, smoking, caffeine, soda, processed foods, alcohol

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Popular Supplements for Immune Health:

Quercetin w/Bromelain – Supports Healthy Seasonal Immune Function.
NOW, Quercetin with Bromelain, 800mg/165mg, 120 capsules, 2/day

Astaxanthin – the #1 anti-oxidant in the world to fight oxidation damage to cells.
Jarrow, Astaxanthin, 12mg, 60 capsules, 1/day

Elderberry – multi-purpose fruit to boost the immune system and general health.
NOW, Elderberry – 500mg, 60 veg capsules, 1-3/day
Nature’s Way – 8 FL. Oz
Gaia Herbs, w/Elderberry/Echinacea, 158mg, 60 capsules, 2/day

Garlic – Used to promote heart and cardiovascular health.
Kyolic, Aged Garlic Extract, Formula 100, 600mg, 100 capsules, 2/day
Kyolic, Aged Garlic Extract, Formula 100, 600mg, 200 capsules, 2/day

Echinacea & Elderberry – provides support for general health during cold season.
Solaray, Echinacea & Elderberry, 440mg, 100 capsules, 1-3/day

Vitamin E – an anti-oxidant that helps fight damage to the skin.
Vitacost, Vitamin E, 400iu, Natural E, 100 capsules, 1/day

DHEA – Helps maintain optimal hormone levels.
Life Extension, DHEA, 25mg, 100 capsules, 1-3 capsules/day

Quercetin – Supports healthy immune function.
Solaray, Quercetin, 500mg, 90 capsules, 1/day

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Cautions – Dosages should be taken as instructed on the bottle(s).  Excessive consumption can result in bad side effects and complications.  Taking too much can also be a waste of money and additional doses may not increase the benefit.  If you are pregnant or lactating, please read the warning labels on the products and consult with your physician before consuming.

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