There’s a lot of verbiage online about ‘boosting your immune system’ but that’s not always what your immune system needs to work smarter and more efficiently. There’s a chance that your immune system can be working too hard and this is causing it to be weaker and less effective.
Think about your immune system like a muscle, let’s say your bicep. If you do a lot of curls at the gym and your bicep gets tired and you don’t give it time to recover, that bicep is going to be weaker. It will be stronger when it recovers but if you keep making it weak every single day by overworking it, your bicep will actually be tired and not as able to lift weight.
Your muscles need time to recover, and so does your immune system. Many health enthusiasts are looking to ‘boost their immune system’ but this isn’t always something that you necessarily want to do.
If your immune system is overactive this means that it is responding to threats that may not be that threatening. There could be various examples of this but let’s focus on a very common one.
Your Immune System is Overactive And This is Why
One of the main reasons that an individual has an overactive immune system is because of autoimmune response of the immune system. This occurs because of leaky gut. Leaky gut occurs when the gut permeability gets damaged. With this damage tiny holes get exposed in the gut lining. Because of this food particles leak into the bloodstream.
This is not supposed to happen! But it does. Because of this the immune system goes rogue and fights these foreign invaders! Only they’re not foreign, they’re simply misplaced in the body. But these food particles are not supposed to be in the blood stream so the immune system seeks them out like a heat seeking missile to clean them up.
The problem here is that the immune system becomes overactive in it’s pursuit. So leaky gut, which then leads to an autoimmune response can be very damaging.
This is where Immunomodulation comes in.
What is Immunomodulation You Ask?
Immunomuldation is defined as: Change in the body’s immune system, caused by agents that activate or suppress its function.
In other words, immunomodulation tells the immune system to work less, or work more. It makes the immune system more intelligent and more aware of what to do and how to do it. This is important because it conserves precious energy of the immune system in the body to work intelligently and only on threats that matter.
It doesn’t mean that food particles won’t be cleaned out of the blood if you have leaky gut, or that threats won’t be targeted when they’re found within the body. It simply means that the immune system works smarter, not harder. This is immunomodulation in a nutshell.
A smarter working immune system is a more efficient immune system. It may share the load or the burden with other organs and systems in the body as a byproduct of immunomodulation. Our body is incredibly adaptive and teaches us what to do when we need to do it.
With this new understanding, we don’t always want to ‘boost our immune system’ necessarily. We want our immune system to immunomodulate intelligently so that our immune system attacks intelligently what it needs to in the body. With that being said there are three main solutions to benefit the body in it’s immunomodulation regulation systems.
There’s an herbal approach, an approach with fermented foods and an approach with ozone therapy. All three of these practices benefit your health and immune system in various ways and all are useful!
Herbs For Immunomodulation:
There are specific herbs that create an immunomodulation effect within the body. This is once again the turning up or turning down of the immune system based on what it needs to be at any given moment.
There are two specific herbs from the Amazon rainforest that have been studied extensively for their immunomodulation potential. Una de gato (cat’s claw in English) and sangre de dragon (dragon’s blood in English) have been studied for their effectiveness as immunomodulating herbs.
These two herbs in particular have strong immunomodulatory effects, to regulate the immune system and make the immune system more intelligent.
Sangre de drago specifically was found to have free radical scavenging potential. Free radicals are unstable atoms that can damage cells. This can cause aging, immune breakdown and more. No need to worry however. Sangre de drago hunts these free radicals down and takes care of business.
Additionally, sangre de drago showed both antiinflammatory and immunomodulation effects. It helped to manage better use of T-cells, a specific type of immune cells that specifically fight infection and cancerous cells. Shocking.
Sangre de dragon also had BOTH antioxidant and prooxidant, which work in different directions. Showing that it is not only good for repelling aging and damage as an antioxidant but it is also oxidative (damaging and aging) to things in the body that need to be damaged and removed! How incredible.
These antioxidant and prooxidant properties turn what is known as phagocytosis, on or off. Phagocytosis is an immune process by which cells ingest and eliminate particles larger than 0.5 μm in diameter, including microorganisms, foreign substances, and apoptotic cells. In other words this process is part of the immune cleanup crew. Sometimes it’s on and working, sometimes it’s off. You do not want it working all the time, especially when there’s nothing to clean up.
In other words, not only does sangre de dragon display immunomodulatory pathways and proof but it does so in multiple ways. It also has anti-viral, anti microbial and anti-inflammatory properties. It is also the highest rated ORAC antioxidant in the world. ORAC stands for oxygen radical absorbance capacity, in other words this has powerful antioxidant effects.
Additionally, Sangre de dragon is up to 90% by volume weight containing proanthocyanidins, this is a specific type of polyphenol that is a protective agent for the heart and entire cardiovascular system. They specifically work with vitamin C to lower the risk of breast cancer.
I could go on for many more paragraphs, but I think you get the picture. Sangre de drago is a fascinating tree resin from the Amazon Rainforest that is worth including in your day to day routine for immune function and immune modulation.
Next, we have Una de gato. Una de gator is also known as cat’s claw in English.
According to webmd.com, cat’s claw (una de gato) helps to stimulate the immune system, fight viruses and cancer cells. It is also used for the treatment of arthritis or arthritic pain. Like Sangre De drago it has anti-inflammatory properties, and helps to regulate the response of the immune system.
Una De Gato does similar things to dragon’s blood (sangre de drago) but it also helps to protect joint health and cardiovascular health additionally.
Plenty of research shows that both sangre de drago and una de gator both have immunomodulation effects in unique ways. Both protect the body and preserve the strength and adaption capability of the immune system.
Thankfully, you can get both una de gator and sangre de drago together in one liquid capsule called Radiate Immunity. Radiate Immunity is a blend of 18 botanicals from Amazonian, Ayurvedic, Chinese and Native American medicine. This includes sangre de drago and una de gator, with 16 other botanicals in this multi-herbal.
Visit RadiateImmunity.com to learn more and use the discount code radiate10 for 10% off your order. You’ll be glad you did!
Fermented Foods For Immunomodulation:
It turns out that the immune system is stimulated by probiotic organisms. Makes sense! We know that our gut microbiome balance of bacteria is very important to maintain proper gut health, and immune health, 70% of the immune system is located in the gut, so it makes perfect sense!
It turns out that Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium and Saccharomyces cerevisiae boulardii are the most researched and proven probiotics that activate the body in it’s ability to immunomodulate properly.
Probiotics enhance immune related cell responses from macrophage cells, Natural Killer (NK) cells, as well as lymphocytes and cytokines.
These immune cells work to do what the immune system needs to do intelligently, and these specific bacteria make them stronger, smarter and more efficient.
It is important to note that probiotic pills contain FAR LESS probiotics than live fermented foods and drinks. Dr. Mercola did an experiment and found this to be true. In fact, he found that just a few ounces of sauerkraut had more probiotics than a bottle of 100 capsules! Let that sink in! Visit FermentationMethod.com to learn how to turn your kitchen into a probiotic factory for life. You’ll be glad you did. The key here is to make your own fermented foods and drinks at home so that you control every single ingredient and get a wider range and larger amount of probiotics in your diet daily.
Ozone Therapy For Immunomodulation:
The last and final mechanism that is effective at helping the immune system to modulate properly, to throttle up and down at the appropriate time is ozone therapy. Ozone therapy is an oxygen related therapy that you can get done in a professional medical office or in the comfort of your own home.
I invested in an ozone machine for therapeutic use years ago and have benefited from it since! Ozone is similar to oxygen, but one atom different. Oxygen is two oxygen atoms, structured as 02. Ozone on the other hand is three oxygen atoms structured as 03.
This extra oxygen atom essentially acts as a ‘oxygen donor molecule’ that goes the extra mile in your body. Like sangre de dragon discussed earlier, ozone therapy has both prooxidant and antioxidant effects. Quite rare! Most foods, herbs or things we use are either antioxidants or prooxidants, but typically not both.
Ozone therapy has many benefits for immunity, gut health, cellular health, mitochondrial health and more. I’ll let this video share the 10 benefits of ozone therapy;
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