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Immune Basics

Immune Basics

Our immune system is a wonderfully complex combination of systems all working together. Several factors that you have control of will help you help your immune system do its job better.

Letís start with autoimmune problems, one of my favorite. Every time your body goes after a foreign protein, bacteria or virus, it also activates a system call the regulatory T-cells. For example if the National Guard is called into a city to stop a riot, they have a lot of power within that trouble zone to do what needs to be done. They are restricted from going into neighboring cities and shooting people.

So it is with our immune system. To be specific we can use my favorite antigen or invader protein, gluten. The response to the wheat storage protein gluten is on chromosome six in the HLA genes that also help the body decide if that kidney transplant you just received is native or foreign. When you eat gluten and are gluten sensitive, you will activate those genes and the immune system will go to work to destroy those proteins. The regulatory system has trouble stopping this reaction and it spreads to other tissues such as the brain (ataxia and/or dementia), pancreas (diabetes,) thyroid (Hashimotoís), bone (osteoporosis), skin (dermatitis) etc.

To combat this type of response, you will need to stop exposing your body to gluten and take supplements that will help heal the immune response. Those supplements would be vitamin D such as Apex Energetics Ultra D and probiotics such as NeuroScience NEI Recolonize 1. Vitamin D actually helps balance the immune response to calm to the autoimmune reaction. The probiotics work to heal the intestinal lining and also helps to modulate the immune system. That is another way of saying that these will help your immune system recognize what is dangerous and what is friendly.

Most people will probably have to take many IUís of vitamin D than is recommended by national review committees. Some doctors are recommending protocols such as 50,000 IUís per day for 7 days then 5000 a day for 3 weeks and then back to 50,000 IUís per day for 7 days etc. You can always check your blood after a cycle or two to make sure you arenít in a toxic range (over 220 ng/ml).

Some researchers in the field of probiotics recommend high doses of several kinds of probiotics for 1 Ĺ years after a routine antibiotic treatment. Usually one to two capsules a day is recommended. To restore gut health, you will probably need something closer to 10 to 20 capsules per day. Often we need to use different formulas from different companies at the same time. In our house we take 1 Ĺ teaspoons of Seroyal HMF Replete (not on website-give us a call!) in the morning, 4-6 capsules of NEI Recolonize 1 at lunch and then 4-6 capsules of Biotics Biodoph 7 Plus in the evening.

Staying a detox program will also be a big help for your immune system. We recommend products like LifeWave Glutathione Patches and Metagenics MetalloClear.

Follow the following link to see some other products that are formulated to help boost immune function especially to fight off bacteria, viral and parasitic infections.

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