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Natural Immune System Support

The importance of taking herbal supplements that boost and strenghten the Immune System

As we approach the change of seasons, our bodies often reflect to us how strong our immune system is and how well we are generally coping with climatic changes. Your body's immune system, which includes the thymus, bone marrow and lymphoid tissues, produces immune responses to protect the body from foreign substances and pathogenic organisms. It is imperative that the immune system be strong enough to perform the function of the body's own natural physician. A weak immune system does not work to its optimum capability - it fails to recognize foreign invasions and can even start to destroy the normal cells of the body.

While an illness does not indicate a weak immune system, persistent fatigue, swelling of glands, recurrent colds and sore throat do indicate deterioration in the immune system health. The immune system is well organized and focused in its functions. It is also a complex system that can be impaired by simple factors like excessive physical or emotional stress, reckless recourse to the antibiotic alternative, exposure to new bacteria through travelling and a non-nutritional diet.

The immune system uses up lot of reserves in the body in the process of producing antibodies and white blood cells. These reserves need to be replenished regularly so that the immune system continues to work at optimum levels. Herbal antibiotics and herbal supplements can play an important role in this. You would have noticed that every time you have a cold the doctor prescribes a vitamin C supplement along with other medications, when a if prescription is needed. Vitamin C restricts the growth of viruses and bacteria. However, the vitamin needs flavonoids for easy absorption by the body, ascorbic on its own is not truly beneficial.

These are plant based substances that should be consumed with vitamin C daily for strengthening your immunity against disease. Lots of foods naturally contain vitamin C – red and green bell peppers (capsicum) have some of the highest reported content of C, sprouted grains and beans, berries, broccoli, cantaloupe, cauliflower, citrus fruits – lemons, mandrins and grapefruit are actually better for most people than oranges) currants, guava, kiwi, papaya, kale, parsley, green peas, tomatoes, green leafy vegetables.

Herbs for immune system contain complex compounds that bacteria are unable to break. This means that they cannot use simple compounds for their own metabolism. And this is the main reason why the there is no possibility of bacteria developing resistance to herbs. Many herbal supplements have antibiotic properties along with the capacity to spruce up your immune system's health.

Exercising the antibiotic alternative every time you fall ill can destroy the friendly bacteria as well. These friendly bacteria are of utmost utility for the healthy functioning of various systems in the body. For example, antibiotics disturb the intestinal flora making elimination of solid wastes difficult and well as encouraging imbalances leading to overgrowth of dominant strains of bacteria like Candida albicans.

Prolonged periods of imbalanced gut flora leads to a common, but not frequently acknowledged, ‘leaky gut' or dysbiotic condition, where the lining of the gut is so irritated and inflamed that nutrients and waste, instead of going through proper absorption processes and elimination channels, begin to leak into the blood stream setting of massive inflammation responses. This can be reversed with the help of herbs and good probiotics.

Herbs like stinging nettle, dandelion, watercress, Echinacea, Korean white ginseng and shoots of conifers like fir and pine help in the detoxification process. They also purify the blood and boost immune system health especially if consumed in juice form. Echinacea stimulates white blood cells that aid in the break down and elimination of solid waste and toxins. Astralgalus is a herb that has been used in China for hundreds of years and known for its immune enhancing properties and supporting those convalescing. Hawthorne is known for its ability to positively assist with cardiological indications and improve cardiovascular flow.

Leaves of the herb Buchu have naturally occurring bioflavonoids and are commonly used for its antibacterial properties for conditions like urinary tract infections. A supplement prepared from roots of licorice, couch grass and lovage herbs helps in supercharging the immune system along with eliminating toxins that may have accumulated in the body.

For general Immune enhancement, a herbal tonic like ImmunityPlus™ contains a selection of herbs known for their supportive function in maintaining immune system health and well-being. It supports the healthy functioning of the immune system, thereby helping to maintain the natural defense against pathogens and optimum performance.

As we grow older, we sometimes begin to notice that our immune systems are not as good as they used to be. ImmunityPlus can especially benefit those individuals needing routine immune system support and natural immunity to guard against common conditions associated with the maturing of cells. This herbal remedy can be used regularly, not causing serious side effects, and will help to maintain the body's natural ability to fight viral and bacterial infections-- while also supporting healthy convalescence. It should be kept in mind that herbs for immune system are not a panacea that will cure all diseases by improving immune system health. Some herbs can be toxic in nature if they are not properly diluted or if they are administered in a manner different from the instructions provided by an expert. Always follow instructions as recommended by the manufacturer or supplier of the herbs.

The following herbal and homeopathic remedies are manufactured by Native Remedies and are produced to excellent standards. We would recommend these herbal based products for:- Bladder and urinary tract health – for once off type infections - UTI-Clear™ has seven herbs selected for their supportive function in maintaining urinary tract health, normal urine flow, and sustained bladder health.

Support for recurring urinary system health at the cellular level - Triple Complex UT-Tonic™ is a combination of three cellular-supporting tissue saltsselected for their positive effects on urinary tract system and bladder health. Young children, pregnant women and the elderly may all benefit enormously from using bladder tonicsto maintain optimum urinary tract functioning and support the natural immune process involved in urinary tract and bladder health.

To promote healthy energy levels and adequate stamina - Fatigue Fighter™ contains a selection of herbs for energy known for their supportive function in maintaining natural health and energy levels, thereby helping to maintain balanced metabolism, stamina, endurance and routine, healthy performance without artificial stimulants or caffeine. Fatigue Fighter can make all the difference, without compromising health and without the risk of serious side effects.

To soothe the throat, promote tonsil health, & support immune functioning - Throat and Tonsil Dr.™ Is great because supports the body's natural ability to protect itself. It also supports the healthy functioning of the throat, tonsils, and immune system, thereby helping to maintain the body's natural defenses and maintain optimum performance.

To healthy clear chests and throats - ComfiCoff™ is a 100% safe and natural remedy containing herbal ingredients. These ingredients are combined in a syrup base to provide effective support for the throat and chest in children and adults, helping to maintain clear and open airways. Has a really effective blend of herbs and homeopathics, a well balanced natural remedy.

Remember, if you are feeling like you are coming down with an infection, keep warm, don't over expose yourself to the elements like the wind, be out in the rain, etc. Dress well, ie no exposed mid-drifts, have warm foods, no cold and damp foods (like excess diary foods, shakes, ice water, frozen drinks, icecream or yoghurt, cold fruit, etc this will all aggravate your digestion and you need to remember that over 60% of your immune system defence is in your digestive tract. So if you irritate the digestion by having foods that slow it down (cold things do this) then you will be impeding your immunity.

Native Herbal Remedies

Article by Shauna Kendall & courtesy of NativeRemedies

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