Doctorate in Nutrition and an extensive background in herbal medicine.
How’s the function of your immune system at the moment? Do you feel you are protected enough that if you were to eat a particular food or come in contact with a bacteria, virus or fungus that your immune system will be up to the task to prevent you from getting sick? The only time of year we used to worry about was winter time, the season for colds and flu. Now, that season is twelve months a year and cold medicine is flying off the shelves daily. This is not the way it should be!
I am asked all the time, “What can I do to keep my immune system strong?”. My answer is four things. Yes, you can take Vitamin C, but we have to go beyond that today. I prefer to use Colostrum, Thymus Extracts, Monolaurin and Probiotics. All of these help to strengthen the immune system and provide a barrier to keep us from getting sick.
Colostrum is supposed to be our first food when we’re born. It is the food before breast milk and is only produced for 72 hours. So you’re thinking, I’m older and I can’t just go suck on my momma’s breast and get it. Colostrum is available in a supplement form to help you receive the immune factors you need. I take it daily and there are two reasons why I love colostrum. One, it helps to keep your small intestines healthy to provide a healthy barrier to separate the good from the bad. Many have a condition called Leaky Gut Syndrome, which simply means you lack the thin, opaque protective barrier lining that coats your small intestine. Without it, you are open to autoimmune diseases like Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia and others. Secondly, Colostrum strengthens the thymus gland, the heart of your immune system so to speak. Having healthy T-cells and B-cells will give you the power you need to have a strong healthy immune system.
I mentioned Thymus extracts. I take Colostrum and Thymus extracts together because as we age, the thymus gland shrinks and lowers the strength of our immune system. The elderly get sick quicker and have a harder time fighting off illness because their thymus glands are small. Taking Colostrum and a Thymus extract will help to add weight and keep the thymus gland strong and healthy. Personally, I haven’t had the flu in over 18 years and never take a flu shot. I owe it to Colostrum and Thymus extracts to keep me healthy.
Monolaurin is a nutrient derived from coconut and is a powerful antiviral, antibacterial, anti-fungal compound which also helps to enhance the function of the immune system. This one is something that everyone needs to add to their nutritional medicine cabinet due to all the of problems we are seeing on our food supply and who knows maybe protect us from antibiotic-resistant superbugs.
Monolaurin breaks down the protective protein coating around bacteria, viruses and fungi. This allows the immune system to effectively remove the offending particles and ward off what could have been a serious problem. Monolaurin is great for colds, flu, sinus, allergies, Lyme Disease, MRSA and others. Seriously, don’t ignore this important compound. Monolaurin has the same lauric acid property as mother’s breast milk so it has to be good! So remember, Colostrum, Thymus extracts and Monolaurin are the three steps to a healthier immune system.
Last, but not not least is taking a daily probiotic. Your gut health determines the strength of your whole body, especially your immune system. Probiotics give you the healthy bacteria you need to digest food, convert it into B vitamins, and protect against a variety of age-related diseases. If you take antibiotics, birth control pills and eat a poor diet, your gut health is poor. Probiotics is considered the first line of defense as our gut is one large section of our immune system.
Give all of these a try and you’ll be healthier than ever.