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Do you have persistent inflammation or allergies? Balance your immune response

Do you have persistent inflammation or allergies? Balance your immune response
By BioCare 1 month ago 2889 Views

Do you have persistent inflammation, perhaps with pain and discomfort e.g. in joints, skin or the gut, or perhaps you’ve had an injury that is taking a long time to heal? Or do you react to certain natural environmental substances like pollen, dust, fur, mould or even foods you eat?

You might need support to balance your immune response

How’s Your Self-Defence?

We are not alone! Because we are surrounded by a vast array of organisms and non-human molecules, some helpful, some harmful, we need a sophisticated system to protect us. Immunity is our body’s ‘defence system’, intelligently monitoring incoming molecules, deciding if they are hostile, destroying harmful ones, and also repairing any subsequent damage. We have a strong inborn immune system called innate immunity, which can mount powerful responses, raising inflammation to drive immune cells to the right area to work. This works alongside our adaptive immune system, which enables us to learn about new threats and create a tailored response.

Immune Balance

Our immune system needs to be targeted so as not to react to harmless molecules and to be balanced in its response, reacting at the right level and for the right length of time. If the response is excessive or prolonged, it might result in inflammation or allergy.

Inflammation is a natural part of our immune response, it allows a specific area in our body where a potential threat is found to be identified and targeted by the immune system to fight against the threat. This inflammation should be temporary and resolve after the threat has been dealt with by the immune system. However, inflammation can become long lasting where it has difficulty “turning off” due to the cumulative effect of genetic and environmental factors including a typical Western diet, stress, poor sleep, lack of immune supporting nutrients, oxidative stress air pollution, cigarette smoke, rancid fats, and foods cooked to high temperatures.

If our immune response is too sensitive to immune challenges from our external environment (e.g. dust mites, pollen), we can become more susceptible to developing allergies. Symptoms can include: chronic inflammation, sneezing, runny/itchy nose, itchy, red or watery eyes, nasal/sinus congestion, cough, mouth or throat, postnasal drip, itchy skin and rashes, and aversive feeding behaviour.

Immunity can be affected by many things. The food we eat may not nourish it – vitamin C, zinc, vitamin A, vitamin D, and many others are key nutrients for the immune system. We may have a lack of antioxidant-containing foods (fruit, vegetables) which otherwise nourish and help to prevent damage. Stress and our lifestyle choices can also have a huge impact, both reducing immunity or driving an excessive response. The integrity of our skin, lung, and gut ‘barriers’ is important for good protection, as are the natural bacteria that live upon them.

What you can do

How can we balance our immune system to prevent or reduce inflammation and allergies? How can immune supporting vitamins, plant extracts, live bacteria and other nutrients in supplements help?

The key to supporting your immune system is to reduce stress on the body by managing your diet and lifestyle and increasing your intake of the key nutrients.

Here are some useful tips to help you support your immune system balance.

Lifestyle Recommendations

  • Ensure a good evening and sleep routine by reducing exposure to blue light in the evening (TV, phone, laptop etc.), and sleeping in a cool, dark room.
  • Build downtime into your daily routine, perhaps practising mindfulness or meditation or giving yourself dedicated ‘me time’ for something you really enjoy.
  • Reduce your exposure to environmental toxins by eating more organic food, avoiding plastic, and using natural skincare and cleaning products.
  • Incorporate daily movement and time in nature into your routine to promote healthy weight and stress management.
  • Minimise pro-inflammatory foods such as processed food, gluten-containing grains, dairy, sugar and artificial sweeteners, alcohol.
  • Increase your intake of oily fish, berries, vegetables, nuts, and seeds for antioxidants and essential fatty acids.
  • Add anti-inflammatory herbs and spices to your meals such as turmeric, ginger, rosemary, cayenne pepper etc.
  • Enjoy a diet rich in a wide variety of plants of different colours to ensure a diverse daily intake of immune-supportive nutrients.
  • Include probiotic-rich foods: sauerkraut, kimchi, kefir, kombucha to support your gut bacteria.
  • Advanced - providing powerful nutrients including quercetin, bromelain, vitamin C and nettle leaf extract
  • Effective – quercetin is a powerful flavonoid with potent antioxidant properties
  • Optimum support – vitamin C supports the immune system and protects cells from oxidative stress
  • Suitable for vegetarians and vegans
  • 30 days’ supply at 3 capsules per day
  • Advanced - A synergistic combination of potent botanical ingredients to manage inflammation and support immunity, as well as circulation and lung function.
  • Effective – The best absorbed curcumin available.Emulsified with UltraSOL® technology to make it 46 times more bioavailable than standard curcumin and with a longer-lasting effect in the body.
  • Optimum support – With the addition of pine bark and ginger which have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Suitable for vegetarians and vegans
  • 30 days’ supply at 2 capsules per day

Dietary Recommendations

Supplement Recommendations

Quercetin Complex contains vitamin C for immune balance with nettle, quercetin, and bromelain. Useful for seasonal sensitivity support.Quercetin Complex

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Microcell® Curcumin Turmeric Complex contains curcumin, turmeric, ginger and pine bark for immune balance and to manage inflammation.

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Prefer a powder?

Vitamin C Rosehip Complex - contains vitamin C and rosehip for immune support, with minerals and bioflavonoids. Easily mixed with water or blended into a smoothie.

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Prefer a liquid?

Nutrisorb Biomulsion® D - with 1000iu emulsified vitamin D to support normal function of the immune system. Easily mixed with water or taken directly under the tongue.

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Supporting your immune system is key to overall health and wellbeing and implementing new habits can be challenging, try adding in 1-2 of the suggestions per week and adding additional suggestions once you have mastered the first ones.