Immune SystemWhy do some people contract certain infections and some people don’t?  Why do some people succumb to certain illnesses and some people don’t?  Bottom line – your immune system.  If it’s running at peak performance, your immune system will fight all kinds of exposures.

This article, originally intended to be about mononucleosis, quickly turned into an article about your immune system.  Complete recovery from the effects of the Epstein-Barr Virus, the virus which causes mono,is not only when you have energy and can function without fatigue, but when your immune system is ready to put up a fight against future disease-causing microorganisms and can engineer a defense.

We know we cannot live in a germ-free bubble.  In fact, it has been proven that children who are exposed to common everyday bacteria early in life build up important immunity throughout childhood, adolescence, young adulthood and later in life. 1   We aren’t advocating unchecked exposure, but before sterilizing a child’s environment, think about their ability to build a strong immune system that will serve them well for a lifetime.   Your immune system has the ability to learn to identify, and then to remember, specific antigens that have been encountered.  Your immune system creates cells like little pac-man or even RAMBO-type cells to kill foreign invaders and it also can act as a chemist to produce antibodies specific to particular antigens.  It’s quite an amazing process.

The best way to build a healthy immune system is two-fold:  getting the right nutrients, plus avoiding those things that tend to depress the immunity.  Chemicals in household cleaners; overuse of antibiotics and other drugs; antibiotics, pesticides, and myriad additives present in the food we eat; and exposure to environmental pollutants all put a strain on the immune system.  Emotional stress can also suppress the normal activity of white blood cells and places undue demands on the endocrine system, as well as depleting the body of needed nutrients.  The result is a weakened immune system.

This program of supplements and healthy living outlined here is designed to build a strong, healthy, active immune system:

Diet:   fresh foods, fruits, vegetables.  No processed meats or junk.  Healthy protein:  we recommend Energizing Soy Protein or Shaklee 180 Smoothees for a clean, vegetable-based protein that is easy for your body to assimilate and use.

Daily supplements:  Vitalizer – a daily foundation for health which includes vitamins and minerals and a probiotic essential to a healthy immune system.

As needed:  Garlic – stimulates the immune system.  Defend & Resist – herbs to increase production of lymphocytes.  Immunity Formula I – an excellent synergistic blend of vitamins and nutrients proven to support a healthy immune system.

Targeted solution:  Nutriferon – patented formula developed by Dr.Yasuhiko Kojima, a Japanese immunologist.  Excellent to increase the body’s natural production of interferon, a critical part of a healthy immune system.

Stress relief:  B-Complex and Stress Relief Complex – to relieve stress and give a greater sense of well-being.

Personal care products:  Enfuselle Skin and Body Care – to eliminate chemicals that you put on your skin and to complement your skin’s natural pH balance that fights infection.

Home environment without chemicals:  GET CLEAN – a line of household products that are safe, powerful, green and smart (will save you $$$).

All of these solutions are why we love Shaklee and their products.  Creating healthier lives for over 50 years.

Contact us or visit us on-line to learn more.   www.kathyandkaren.com

1  Northwestern University anthropologist Thomas McDade said parents may want to reconsider their fight to keep their kids germ free.