Ever since Presdient Nixon declared war on cancer in 1971, billions have been spent on research in hopes of eradicating this killer from our existence.
Most of what that’s resulted in has been the development of stronger chemotherapy drugs, more astute early detection methods and sophisticated genetic testing—measures that can help kill cancer if you get it (as well as come pretty close to killing YOU), find it faster or give you a heads up that you stand a better chance than average of getting it.
But next to nothing has come out of this “war” in the way of preventing cancer to begin with!
Well, that may be changing and it’s about time.
I’ve got a gut feeling this can help
Research carried out at the University of Chicago and published recently in Science found that adding the friendly microbe species bifidobacteria into the digestive tracts of mice increased their immune system's ability to attack tumor cells.
The positive effect of the added bacterial flora was similar in strength to the actions of certain anti-tumor drugs!
Here’s what’s going on behind the scenes:
T cells, a type of white blood cell, are significant players in your immune system’s response. They hunt down infected or cancerous cells and destroy them. They’re always on duty 24/7, even as you read this article right now!
However, tumor cells can attach themselves to T cell receptors, turning them off and rendering them ineffective.
Well, another type of cell (dendritic cells) play a crucial role in initiating T cell immune action. They also produce important chemicals that coordinate immune response and ensure that your T cells are switched on and ready for battle.
The researchers suspect that the bifidobacteria (which colonize in the large intestine) interact with the dendritic cells which, in turn, activate your tumor-killing T cells.
Just a job to do
Although this study’s finding are very exciting and promising, they’re not surprising.
Fact is, it’s just another day on the job for your immune system.
Unlike your other bodily systems that you can easily pinpoint (like your heart and blood vessels, your lungs or your GI tract), your immune system is EVERYWHERE inside you.
Although the vast majority of it (between 65 – 70 percent) is housed in your intestinal tract, your immune system is actually in all of your cells, your gut, your bloodstream, your lymphatic system, your organs—everywhere.
And when it’s functioning like it should, it’s protecting you with the strength of an army against not only sicknesses like colds, flu or infections, but diseases like cancer as well.
Your army is under attack
Unfortunately our immune systems are constantly under attack by stressors that can compromise its functioning.
These include physical stressors such as viruses, drugs and alcohol, emotional and mental stress, and various nutritional deficiencies.
But the largest number of attacks on your immune system come from the external environment and can include things like:
· Chemicals in food from radiation, pesticides, herbicides, artificial flavors and preservatives
· Lawn chemicals
· Heavy metal exposure from contaminated water, vaccines, amalgam fillings, wood stains and pipes
· New building chemicals (from paints and carpets)
· Vehicle exhaust“Off-gassing” from chemicals on hardware stores shelves
Keep yours strong and recruit enough troops
To help ensure your immune system stays strong and has enough “troops” to protect you, you’ve got to give it the help it needs.
And our Immune Boost bundle of products can help support your immune system in three distinct ways!
Super Shield multi-strain probiotic formula: Super Shield’s 13 strains of beneficial bacteria act to repopulate your body’s own supply of helpful intestinal flora. And it includes five different strains of bifidobacteria—the species that was noted in the study above to help fight tumor cells.
Hydroxaden 2.5: Hydroxaden provides a healthful spray dose of 2.5 mg of vitamin B12, which is essential for the formation of the white blood cells that comprise your immune system.
Vitamin D-K Factor: Although best known for strong bones, vitamin D also helps to prevent excessive, inflammatory immune responses, such as those that are seen in autoimmune conditions and allergies.
Other immune supportive steps
Here are other ways to help strengthen your immune system:
· Avoid fast food, processed food, sugars, refined carbs and excessive alcohol consumption. All of these feed the harmful bacteria in your gut, which can then overcome your army of good guys.
· Reduce stress because stress causes harmful changes to your gut microbes.
· Get enough sleep. Even one poor night’s sleep can depress your immune system functioning by up to 30 percent!
· Eat your fruits and veggies. The phytonutrients in fresh fruits and vegetables support sharp immune system functioning.
· Don’t rush to fight fevers. Fevers are a sign that your immune system is working, and when you take pain relievers to lower a fever, you are crippling your immune system’s functioning and development. Unless a fever lasts for longer than three days, or it’s over 103 degrees or accompanies other serious symptoms such as severe vomiting (in which case you should see your doctor), it’s wise to let a fever run its course. Be sure to drink lots of fluids and get rest.
Take care of your precious immune system and it will return the favor and take care of YOU!