Weakened immunity doesn’t only occur during the winter. Seasonal changes can be one of the most strenuous times for our immune system. Prioritizing immune health as warmer months approach is as important as it is during the cold weather. Additionally, our immunity can be strained during times of chronic stress, strenuous exercise, and a poor diet.
The Importance of Immune Support
Your immune system consists of a network of cells and organs that work synergistically to identify and destroy foreign invaders such as bacteria, viruses, and toxins. However, due to poor sleep patterns, stress, and a food supply that is harvested from nutrient-depleted soils, your immunity may not always be as tough as it should be. For this reason, it’s important to consider what you’re putting into your body along with the lifestyle factors to support optimal health.
Lifestyle Factors and your Immunity
Many lifestyle factors can greatly impact your immune system. Poor sleep quality, unhealthy nutrition, chronic stress, and the consumption of excess alcohol and sugar can hamper the efforts of your immune system to protect you. Therefore, during cold and flu season, the first aspects of your health to address are any of the lifestyle factors, as best as you can. Choose a whole foods diet, low in refined carbohydrates and sugar and high in fresh locally harvested fruits and vegetables. Correct irregular sleep patterns and incorporate stress management techniques such as meditation and yoga.
What is the best supplementation?
The latest studies show that plant polysaccharides have been scientifically proven to stimulate the immune response and the body’s ability to fight a diverse array of pathogens (e.g., influenza and colds)
Ki Immune Defence Extra contains 40% Plant Polysaccharides. It is a high potency herbal medicine specifically formulated with standardized ingredients to work with the body to enhance the immune system and support gastrointestinal immune function.
What does it contain?
Astragalus membranaceus root (Astragalus Rhina-MP)
Rooted in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Astragalus is an adaptogenic herb historically recommended for GI deficient states (2) and is thought to act by strengthening the body’s resistance to exogenous pathogens, and is regarded as a potent tonic for stimulating the immune system. Astragalus meets the demands of everyday physical and environmental stress by reducing one’s vulnerability to upper respiratory infection.
Grifola frondose (Maitake Mushrooms)
Maitake mushrooms contain polysaccharides and are rich in vitamin D and β-glucans which have been shown to act as “biological response modifiers” based on its immunotherapy power, enhancing the body’s own use of macrophages and T-lymphocytes, restoring the natural immune system.
Lentinula edodes mushroom (Shiitake mushroom)
Shiitake mushroom is native to East Asia historically cultivated for both culinary and medicinal purposes. In a human intervention trial, males and females ate shiitake mushroom for 4 weeks which resulted in an increase in natural killer cells, an increase in sigma, and a reduction in C-reactive protein, suggesting an increase in systemic and gut immunity and a reduction in inflammation (2).
Olea europaea leaf (Olive leaf)
Olea europaea leaf is an under-utilized natural medicine. The polyphenol constituents of olive leaf, most notably oleuropein and hydroxytyrosol, demonstrate antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and cardio-protective properties (3).
The Ki Immune Defence Extra Formula charges the body’s immune defence mechanisms reducing the severity and frequency of upper respiratory infections while boosting endurance and energy.
The best in defence is Ki Immune Extra!