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We’ve all heard the phrase in moderation, and we all have our own habits and vices—many of which we may wish to change, but either haven’t gotten around to yet, or we are waiting for that one chance to offer a push in a healthier direction. The key to a healthy lifestyle is a balanced immune system, or in other words, reaching a state of homeostasis in the body. A person suffering from either an underactive immune system or an overactive immune system can experience both acute (short-term) and chronic disease. In both cases, Leaky Gut Syndrome tends to be the heart of the problem.
Underactive Immune System vs. Overactive Immune System
A person suffering from an underactive immune system may be more susceptible to colds, upper respiratory infections, sinus infections, bronchitis, the flu, herpes, HIV/AIDS, shingles, gut-based infections (i.e., food poisoning), Zika, and other infections transmitted by insects, sex or blood transfusion. Furthermore, heart disease and most forms of cancer can be traced back to immune system dysfunction and infectious agents.
While an underactive immune system increases the vulnerability of a person’s health to elements outside the body, an overactive immune system may react to allergens or other substances that are usually harmless, and leads to chronic inflammation, which damages healthy tissue over time. These types of autoimmune conditions arise when the body’s immune system attacks and destroys healthy cells. The wide range of autoimmune and chronic disease conditions include: arthritis (osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis), chronic fatigue syndrome, Hashimoto’s, lupus, multiple sclerosis (MS), scleroderma, eczema, diabetes, prediabetes, airborne allergies, allergic rhinitis, asthma, COPD, and a whole range of G.I. issues including: gluten and other food allergies, Crohn’s disease, IBS and colitis.
Factors that Contribute to an Unbalanced Immune System
There are many factors that contribute to an unbalanced immune system, but the most common issues include: Leaky Gut Syndrome (#1), high stress levels, poor dietary habits, nutrient deficiency, consumption of drugs and alcohol, and lack of exercise. These may sound like common sense problems, but their effects on the immune system can be severe. Stress can cause excessive damage to the thymus gland, which otherwise helps prevent the body’s immune system from turning against itself, and a lack of exercise, or “couch potato” behavior, contributes to many so-called “lifestyle diseases,” such as obesity, heart disease, and cancer. Poor dietary habits, such that is high in fats and refined sugars, may result in low immune function, and even a single nutrient deficiency may lead to an underactive immune system. However, Leaky Gut Syndrome may be the most common and insidious.
Leaky Gut Syndrome
Leaky Gut Syndrome allows infectious agents, such as bacteria and viruses, to cross (or leak) from the GI tract into the bloodstream, causing all kinds of problems. When the barrier between the GI tract and the bloodstream is porous, ingested pathogens have easy access to the rest of the body where they can multiply and cause infections. Any substance that crosses the barrier can initiate an immune system response (inflammation and eventual tissue destruction).
In par with Leaky Gut Syndrome, the consumption of drugs and alcohol are also known to inhibit the immune system. Drugs and alcohol also help contribute to a “leaky gut” by impairing the normal digestion of nutrients through damaging cells in the digestive tract and interfering with the secretion of enzymes needed for digestion. Now, everyone knows smoking, and consuming drugs and alcohol is harmful, but that often unspoken understanding still doesn’t stop many people from indulging in these so-called vices. This means that those who abuse these substances will find great difficulty recovering from infections, viruses, and other diseases. In other words, they will usually take longer to recover from illness and infections. This deficient immune system brought on by the abuse of drugs and alcohol can have devastating long-term affects, and increase the risk of contracting diseases such as: pneumonia, respiratory infections, blood-borne viruses like HIV or Hepatitis, and sexually transmitted diseases.
So how can one combat these poor, commonplace tendencies contributing to a “leaky gut” and an unbalanced immune system?
There are a number of ways one can do this, and usually it involves a combination of healthy habits including: getting sufficient sleep, maintaining a healthy diet, regular exercise, avoiding drugs and alcohol, and supplementing the immune system with Bovine Colostrum (#1). The first few may sound like common sense, but they are important to maintaining a balanced and healthy immune system. A great night’s rest will rejuvenate and recharge an individual, which can help minimize stress, and reduce the risk that the immune system will be susceptible to pathogens (foreign substances) and other harmful organisms. Kick fast food and unhealthy snacking to the curb—avoiding sugars and simple carbohydrates can be beneficial to maintaining a healthy diet. In addition, adding more fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds that deliver essential nutrients to one’s diet can help improve immune function. Not only is exercise a great way to help lower blood pressure, but regular physical activity may help flush bacteria out of the lungs and airways which may help reduce the chances of getting a cold, flu, or other airborne illness. Moreover, try to avoid alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. This can have a very positive effect on an individual’s health by contributing to a healthier GI tract and more effective and balanced immune system.
While the previous lifestyle choices can all help contribute to a healthier immune system, only Colostrum-LD™ from Sovereign Laboratories has been clinically proven to heal and prevent Leaky Gut Syndrome, and has been recommended by physicians for more than 20 years. The immune components in bovine colostrum are powerful immune system modulators. First, they have the ability to “boost” the immune system when it is under-performing so it can fight pathogens, and second, to “tone-down” the immune system when it is hyped-up after the infection has been defeated. A consistent supply of these immune components on daily basis helps the immune system achieve a balanced state (homeostasis). Additionally, the growth components in bovine colostrum heal and prevent Leaky Gut Syndrome, thereby helping to prevent inappropriate responses by the immune system and autoimmune conditions.
So while one makes conscious efforts to improve the health functionality of his or her immune system through positive lifestyle changes, he or she should be supplementing with Colostrum-LD™ from Sovereign Laboratories in order to help prevent Leaky Gut Syndrome as well as keep that immune system balanced and in perfect working order.