Infections: Everything You Need to Know
An infection occurs when microorganisms such as bacteria, parasites, fungi, or viruses invade and multiply in the body’s cells.
There are three common types of infections:
- Acute: May last for only a few days.
- Chronic: May last for several weeks, months, or years.
- Latent: May not result in immediate infection symptoms but can reactivate over the course of many months and years.
Common infection symptoms include coughing and sneezing, diarrhea, fatigue, fever, vomiting, and inflammation.
Infection symptoms are ways that the body tries to rid itself of infectious organisms, according to WebMD. These symptoms may spread in a variety of ways, including:
- Coughing and sneezing
- Contact with body fluids, contaminated surfaces, food, or water, or infected creatures
- Direct contact with infected people
An infection may remain localized to one area of the body. Or, it may spread through the blood or lymphatic vessels, leading to a “systemic,” or body-wide, infection.
Although many microorganisms can cause infections, not all microorganisms inhabiting the body result in infections. For instance, various microorganisms that are commonly found in the mouth and intestine (gut) are not responsible for infections. In fact, the gut microbiome is home to trillions of microorganisms – mostly bacteria – that live together in a symbiotic (mutually beneficial) relationship.
However, if the gut microbiome becomes unbalanced (i.e., more bad actors than good), infections can become problematic for the host (us). Bacterial and viral infections may result in mild, moderate, and severe diseases. Although there are many similarities between bacteria and viruses, it is important to understand the differences between the two in relation to interventions, such as pharmaceutical treatment and simply allowing the immune system to fight the invaders naturally.
Bacteria are complex, single-celled creatures and reproduce on their own. They can survive in a wide range of environments, including extreme temperatures, radioactive waste, and the human body. Less than 1% of bacteria cause infections, WebMD notes. In fact, most bacteria help individuals digest food, destroy disease-causing microbes, fight cancer cells, and deliver essential nutrients throughout the body. These are the “good” bacteria in the gut microbiome.
Viruses are tiny, and even the largest viruses are smaller than the smallest bacteria. They consist of genetic material, either DNA or RNA, and a protein coat. Unlike bacteria, viruses cannot survive without a host. Viruses must attach themselves to cells, or they will die. After viruses attach themselves to cells, they will reprogram the cells to create new viruses. In most instances, this causes the cells to burst and die. Or, it may lead normal, healthy cells to morph into malignant or cancerous cells. Most viruses target specific cells and cause disease. Viruses frequently attack the blood, liver, or respiratory system. They may attack bacteria too.
How to Prevent an Infection
There is no surefire solution to stop all infections, at all times. However, there are several ways to minimize the risk of transmitting an infectious disease, such as:
- Wash your hands frequently, particularly when you prepare food or after you use the bathroom
- Keep surface areas clean, particularly in the kitchen.
- Avoid leaving room-temperature food exposed when cooking
- Stay up to date on vaccinations
- Avoid sharing personal items like drinking glasses, kitchen utensils, and toothbrushes
Additionally, adding bovine colostrum to your daily regime is an excellent source of health-enhancing bioactives such as immunoglobulins, lactoferrin, and growth factors. These components support immune health.
A Closer Look at Bovine Colostrum
Colostrum is not a medication. It is the “first food of life” for mammals and promotes healthy growth and development.
Colostrum hampers the attachment of bacteria to the body’s epithelial (surface) tissue and contains lactoferrin that serves as a natural antimicrobial and antiviral. It also helps provide passive immunity to various high-risk organisms.
Colostrum contains immunoglobulin A (IgA) and immunoglobulin G (IgG) which neutralize viruses and bind bacteria. Natural antibodies, produced by cows, act against specific pathogens.
The lactoferrin in colostrum acts as a natural antioxidant with antibacterial, antiviral, and immune-stimulating properties as well. By doing so, lactoferrin helps activate phagocytes and stimulate immune response. Lysozyme functions as an antibacterial enzyme and has been shown to help prevent some bacterial infections in humans.
Colostrum contains lactoperoxidase, an enzyme that has been associated with antimicrobial and antioxidant properties. The colostrum polypeptides (CPs), also called proline-rich polypeptides can stimulate the immune system to be more effective in fighting off invading pathogens.
How Does Colostrum Support the Body’s Immune Response?
Colostrum provides passive immunity through the intestinal absorption of immunoglobulins. Passive immunity helps safeguard the gut’s surface and promotes a robust immune system by which pathogens are kept at bay.
Moreover, colostrum supplementation offers a viable remedy for leaky gut, a leading cause of chronic and autoimmune conditions.
Leaky gut refers to a health disorder in which the intestinal lining becomes more permeable, resulting in a deficit in the tight junctions between the epithelial cells of the gut wall; the microscopic “holes” allow bacteria, viruses, and other harmful particles to enter the bloodstream.
Leaky gut involves inflammation of the gut lining that may occur due to a number of factors, including:
- Acidic beverages
- Chemicals in fermented and processed foods
- Foods contaminated by bacteria or parasites
- Genetically modified foods
- Herbicides, such as glyphosate
- Highly refined sugars and carbohydrates
- Prescription corticosteroids
- Prescription pain medications
- Birth control pills
- Wheat proteins
Colostrum helps safeguard the gut against irritation from toxins. It also promotes the recolonization of friendly flora, organisms that help people digest food and enhance nutrient absorption in the bowel.
The Bottom Line on Bovine Colostrum and Infections
Infections can cause immediate and long-term health problems. Daily bovine colostrum supplementation helps support immune response and protect the GI lining from becoming “leaky.”
Colostrum-LD® from Sovereign Laboratories is a premier bovine colostrum supplement with 25 years of research to support it. Bovine colostrum is the only natural supplement that has been clinically proven to help heal and prevent leaky gut caused by NSAID use. British colostrum researcher Dr. Raymond Playford did much of the ground-breaking research beginning in the late 1990s. Also, Colostrum-LD® uses a proprietary LD Liposomal Delivery™ system to help colostrum’s bioactives reach the organs and cells quickly and remain bioavailable for maximum effectiveness.
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