Our bodies are under constant attack from bacteria, viruses, and toxins.
We are protected only by our immune systems which we tend to neglect until it’s too late. Add to that, the stresses of modern life, lack of sleep, poor diet, and little or no exercise you can see that our bodies and immune systems are weakened, making us more susceptible to disease.
You may not realize this, but the majority of your immunity begins in your gut – your stomach and intestines. Your gut plays host to millions of healthy “good” bacteria that protect you from pathogens, “bad” bacteria, and viruses. Supporting, replenishing and feeding the good bacteria known as probiotics, can significantly enhance your ability to ward off or recover from illness. Any course of antibiotics will destroy your “good” bacteria, reducing your ability to fight infection, replace those probiotics as quickly as possible. As a bonus, supporting digestive health in order to boost your immunity will also improve your body’s ability to absorb nutrients, help with regularity, and reduce or eliminate many gastric or intestinal problems.
The first step to boosting immunity is proper and healthy diet, including properly prepared, heated and refrigerated foods. Include foods that promote probiotics and digestive health including yogurt, kefir, miso, and a variety of fermented foods like sauerkraut, kimchi, and pickles. Eat a variety of foods including lots of vegetables, beans, fruit, and fiber. Avoid artificial sweeteners, while eating more plants and less meat, especially processed meats.
To aid in improving your immunity and gut health, consider supplements designed specifically for that purpose. Sensational Shakes has an excellent variety of natural probiotic and immune support supplements:
EpiCor® Plus Immunity Veg Capsules
EpiCor® is an innovative ingredient that is derived through a proprietary process from Saccharomyces cerevisiae, a common single cell microorganism. EpiCor® has been shown in scientific studies to support the body’s ability to initiate the proper immune response at the appropriate time, thereby helping to maintain normal immune system balance.* NOW® EpiCor® Plus Immunity contains Zinc, Selenium, and Vitamins D-3 and C to offer additional support for the body’s healthy immune response.
8 Billion Acidophilus & Bifidus Veg Capsules
8 Billion Acidophilus & Bifidus by NOW has been designed to provide a balanced blend of the two prominent species of resident intestinal bacteria. Regular intake of beneficial probiotics can aid in maintaining healthy intestinal flora.*
Note for those highly sensitive to milk protein: This product may contain minute amounts of casein.
Immune Renew™ Veg Capsules
NOW® Immune Renew™ has been specifically formulated to support the immune system with Standardized Astragalus Extract and a specialized Mushroom Blend.* Our specialized blend of eight mushrooms has been optimized for the characteristic mushroom polysaccharides known as Beta-Glucans. Mushroom Beta-Glucans have been long respected and scientifically studied for their immune system supporting properties.* Astragalus has been included to complement our Mushroom Blend due to its ability to support a healthy immune system response.*
Clinical GI Probiotic™ Veg Capsules
It has been found that as we age the number of healthy organisms in the large intestine starts to decline, upsetting this delicate balance, which influences both immune function and digestive health.* This product utilizes bacterial strains known to colonize the human GI tract and features Bifidobacterium lactis HN019™.* Clinical studies have demonstrated that HN019™ supports digestive regularity and promotes normal immune system function in healthy adults over age 50.
To learn more about these and other available immunity boosters, visit Sensational Shakes.