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Many nutrition factors impact how well the human immune system functions so it’s critical that you make informed decisions about diet and nutrition.
A short list of those factors include the foods you eat (and the resulting state of your gut microbiome), your vitamin and mineral intake, and your supplementation and support with other consumables like herbs and medicinal mushrooms.
You might know that Weston A. Price, DDS discovered that people who replaced their traditional diets with more modern diets displayed signs of physical degeneration, including compromised immune systems.
To help you strengthen your immune system, we’ve been sharing immunity-themed information on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter recently, and in our Price-Pottenger Journal of Health and Healing, including:
- Resilience and Immunity in the Time of COVID-19
- Health Benefits of Vitamin D
- Mushrooms as Medicine
- How Dietary Fructose May Impact Immune Function
- 4 Antiviral Herbs You Should Know About
- Herbal Medicine for Viral Respiratory Infections
- 13+ Benefits of Echinacea
In case you missed any of these posts, we’ve provided highlights and links to the articles at our website in this blog post. Plus, we’ve included 4 of our favorite immune-boosting recipes!
How Balanced Is Your Immune System?
The human immune system is at its best when it’s well balanced—not too underactive or overactive. A dysfunctioning immune system at any level could have profound negative consequences for your health and quality of life. Immunodeficiency (an underactive immune system) exposes people to all kinds of dangerous pathogens. Autoimmunity, on the other hand, is a condition where healthy cells and tissues are targeted by a malfunctioning hyperactive immune system.
Fortunately, by adopting some or all of the immune supporting options we’re sharing today, you can help to ensure you enjoy a balanced and robust immune system.
7 Powerful Ways to Support and Enhance Your Immune System
Resilience and Immunity in the Time of COVID-19
It’s more important than ever to protect yourself against COVID-19 and other infections, like the flu. Fortunately, you can adopt dietary practices and lifestyle habits that boost your natural immunity and reduce unnecessary health risks, counteracting illness and infectious diseases.
We have a wealth of nutrition and natural medicine information that can guide you in making wise choices. In this journal article, you’ll find information about COVID-19, how to protect yourself, and strategies to take if you experience symptoms:
- What is a coronavirus?
- How does SARS-CoV-2 cause illness?
- How can you tell if you have COVID-19?
- How can you protect yourself and others?
- Boosting immunity with diet and lifestyle
- Protective nutrients
- Herbal medicines
Read the article here: https://price-pottenger.org/journal_article/resilience-and-immunity-in-the-time-of-covid-19/
10 Health Benefits of Vitamin D
This nutrient is unique in its hormone-like properties and because it can be synthesized in the body with UV exposure (however, most people don’t get enough!).
In this resource, from our Thrive in 65 collection, you’ll learn why vitamin D is so important to optimal health, how to get more vitamin D from your diet, and how to determine the right dosage and type of vitamin D supplements for you.
With sufficient amounts, vitamin D could…
- Promote optimal immune function
- Support brain health and cognition
- Modulate inflammation
- Support bone health, growth, and remodeling
- Reduce the risk of cancer
- and provide many others benefits…
Learn more about vitamin D health benefits, food sources, and supplements here: https://price-pottenger.org/thrive-in-65/health-benefits-vitamin-d/
Mushrooms as Medicine: An Interview with Paul Stamets
The use of medicinal mushrooms owes much to renowned mycologist Paul Stamets, a respected pioneer in the use of mushrooms to treat disease and address environmental challenges (he’s also authored six books and has ten patents on mushroom-derived products).
In this journal interview with Paul about Mushrooms as Medicine, you’ll learn about…
- How certain mushrooms enhance the immune system
- How our shared DNA with mushrooms makes them well suited for human use
- The use of turkey tail as an adjunct therapy for breast cancer patients
- What to look for when you buy mushroom supplements
- Contraindications to using medicinal mushrooms
- The antiviral properties of mushrooms
- Mushrooms to help reduce inflammation or build resistance to viruses
- and much more…
Read the interview to learn more about medicinal mushrooms here: https://price-pottenger.org/journal_article/mushrooms-as-medicine-an-interview-with-paul-stamets/
In the News, Spring 2021: Dietary Fructose May Impact Immune Function
Do you have a sweet tooth that’s leading you to consume too much fructose?
As Dr. Price found, ancestral peoples who enjoyed robust immune systems did not consume fructose-sweetened processed foods and were free of related diseases. You can be too by making informed food choices.
Fructose, used as a sweetener in many sugary drinks and processed foods, is associated with diseases like obesity, type 2 diabetes, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
According to a recent study, it appears fructose also reprograms cellular metabolic pathways to be more inflammatory and might even interfere with proper immune function.Read more about this important new research here: https://price-pottenger.org/journal_article/in-the-news-spring-2021-dietary-fructose-may-impact-immune-function/
4 Antiviral Herbs You Should Know About
For thousands of years, herbs were a primary medicinal treatment for viral infections and other diseases.
Although the body has an intricately designed immune system to detect and fight viral and bacterial threats, it can benefit from the additional support of medicinal herbs.In this resource, from our Thrive in 65 collection, you’ll learn about 4 of the most popular medicinal herbs——from their potential benefits to the properties that make them effective:
- Oregano for bacterial, viral, and fungal infections
- Garlic for blood pressure and cardiovascular health
- Olive Leaf for cardiovascular disease, malaria, hepatitis, pneumonia, and shingles
- Echinacea for immune support and enhanced recovery
Click here to read all about these important antiviral herbs, including more of their benefits: https://price-pottenger.org/thrive-in-65/antiviral-herbs/
Herbal Medicine for Viral Respiratory Infections: An Interview with Rosalee de la Forêt
Herbs are foundational for our overall health. They can also be particularly valuable in addressing viral respiratory infections.
In this interview with registered herbalist and bestselling author Rosalee de la Forêt, you’ll get expert answers to 10 important questions about using herbal medicine for viral respiratory infections, including…
- What roles can herbalism play in dealing with respiratory diseases?
- How do antiviral herbs differ from antiviral drugs?
- What evidence supports the antiviral use of herbs?
- Which herbs boost immunity against respiratory infections?
- Can elderberry cause harmful cytokine storms?
- Which herbs can people use to treat a respiratory infection?
Click below to read all 10 questions and answers and find out how you could address, prevent, and recover from viral respiratory infections with herbal medicine: https://price-pottenger.org/journal_article/herbal-medicine-for-viral-respiratory-infections-an-interview-with-rosalee-de-la-foret/
13+ Benefits of Echinacea
Echinacea is a popular antiviral herb that’s been used in natural medicine for centuries.
In addition to addressing the common cold and flu, active compounds in Echinacea also have immune-boosting properties that might increase antioxidants and help to reduce inflammation.
Learn more than 13 potential health benefits of this amazing medicinal herb.
For example, it could…
- Support immune activity
- Protect against the common cold
- Prevent secondary bacterial infections
- Accelerate the rate of recovery
- Help to fight infections
- Have anti-tumor activity potential
- Reduce inflammation
Click below to find out all the other benefits of echinacea, including information about supplements and potential side effects: https://price-pottenger.org/thrive-in-65/echinacea-health-benefits/
4 Immune-Friendly (and Mouthwatering) Ancestral Recipes
Seared Ahi Tuna and Sriracha Remoulade
What would you say to Seared Ahi Tuna and Sriracha Remoulade drizzled with a sweet soy-honey glaze, served with a zesty cucumber salad on the side? And if the total prep time were just 15 to 20 minutes?
Get the recipe here: https://price-pottenger.org/journal_article/seared-ahi-tuna-and-sriracha-remoulade/
Slow-Cooker Salmon with Pomegranate Glaze
We have the succulent salmon recipe you’ve been waiting for—from New York Times bestselling author of over 30 books on health and nutrition, Ann Louise Gittleman.
If you want to keep prep easy and still deliver gourmet flair and flavor at the table, get this Slow-Cooker Salmon with Pomegranate Glaze recipe now: https://price-pottenger.org/journal_article/slow-cooker-salmon-with-pomegranate-glaze/
Bacon Roasted Vegetables
Sometimes the simplest things in life are the…tastiest and healthiest! Like this bacon roasted vegetables and garlic dish.
Cut the vegetables (try cauliflower, broccolini, Brussels sprouts, and Cipollini onions), slice the bacon, add a little lard and salt, roast and enjoy!
Get the recipe here: https://price-pottenger.org/journal_article/bacon-roasted-vegetables-and-garlic/
This super healthy carrot-ginger soup packs an immune boosting kick and lots of flavor (including a pinch of cayenne). It’s also loaded with nutrients and contains wholesome ingredients that aid in digestion, like bone broth, coconut milk, mint, and lemon juice.
Serve this luxurious soup hot or cold. Get the recipe here: https://price-pottenger.org/journal_article/carrot-ginger-soup/
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