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A Lesson On Immune Health for Cold & Flu Season

Dear friends,

Even though the calendar may say it is Spring, the weather feels more like it's the beginning of winter. So, Dr. Baumgartner thought it a good time to give us a refresher course on how to maintain our immune health during these colder, darker months of the year. I invite you to watch the short video below and share with me in the comments section at the end what your tips are for maintaining your health throughout the winter. 

As always, I wish you the very best of health,

Lee Swanson



Video Transcript:
It's winter. It's the flu season. It's time to start thinking about what we can do to prevent the flu, the common cold, basically give our bodies more immune support to make us healthier on the inside. They've done a lot of studies on distance runners, for example, marathon runners. In studies, marathon runners have higher instances of cold, flu, and infection, especially after their marathon. What they're finding is; when you do a distance event, like a marathon, or a same analogy would be, if you live a crazy, stressful lifestyle where you're always on the go, you've got one thing to the next, and you're always doing stuff, you don't have the down time for your body to heal, for your body to repair, for your body to increase its immune function. Immune function is directly related to how your body fights attacks from outside pathogens. A pathogen would be a virus, a fungal, a bacteria. Those things are constantly bombarding your skin. You eat something, you scratch your mouth, you're always getting stuff in there. Your body has got to send immunoglobulins to go there and fight that infection.

So, having a healthy immune system is really vital to preventing sickness and also illness to a certain extent when it comes to break down of our joints in our bodies. You need and immune system to go back and heal in the after sprain, heal that ankle after you fall off the truck. So, when we talk about immunofunction, there are a lot of things we can do to increase our immunity. They're finding some studies are showing that there's a process that you can do with a brewer's yeast; you can get something out of it called a beta glycan. Beta glycans are actually shown to increase your production of iGA. What iGA is, it's an immunoglobulin. So, if I lick my finger, I've got some saliva there. That saliva is full of iGAs. So what iGAs do is attack bacteria that happens to get in my mouth. They're going to bind it, and signal that this thing is bad. It's going to tell the rest of the macrophages in my stomach to go up and kill that bacteria. So, the things that the beta glycans do is increase your body's production of iGAs. By having higher iGA levels, your body can attack infections, whether it's on the skin, I've got iGAs all over my skin attacking things, in your stomach or your gut.

Eighty percent of your immune function happens in your gut, in your intestines. They have things that are called Peyer patches. They're these little patches that immunoglobulins, iGAs, come out of. They attack all the bacteria, kill it, and the stuff goes through your system and is excreted. So, having a high immunoglobulin level of iGA is very important, especially in these winter months or if you live a stressful lifestyle, or if you a distance or intense athlete. All that stuff decreases your immune function. We need to build it back up to prevent the infection and illness in our bodies.


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