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Have you been taking care of your immune system? There are important nutrients that the body needs to properly defend itself from invading cells. Learn about the factors that can help or harm the immune system.
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What is the Lymphatic System?
Your lymphatic system kills viruses. It allows you to wipe out most viruses and other infections, bacterial infections included. It functions as a sort of circulatory system for your immune system. It really has two major functions – balancing the fluids in your body and your blood and fighting viruses. This system circulates around your body and delivers a group of different cells known as lymphocytes, which are really important immune system cells to any tissue where there is an infections. These cells are known as lymphocytes because they are mostly found in your lymph – the fluid drained from and around your organs and tissues (not blood). Lymph nodes are where a lot of the destruction of viruses and bacteria takes place.
lymphocytes consist of three main cells that have the ability to adapt to conditions relating to an infection, which is why it is called the adaptive immune system.
Factors that slow down your immune system in general, include:
- Not getting enough sleep
- Chronic stress
- Uncontrolled blood pressure and blood sugar
- Consuming too much sugar and alcohol
- Excess salt
Factors that support a healthy immune system in general, include:
- Vitamin D and Vitamin C
- Green Tea
- Fruits and vegetables
- Eating enough protein
How your Lymphatic System Protects You
Lymph ducts allow the lymphatic system to protect your organs from infections. These are located near your heart, your lungs and your kidneys. These allow your immune system to travel efficiently to any site in your body where there’s an infection. Your lymph is made out of fluid, so water is of utmost importance. There are additional nutrients you can include into your lifestyle that can also help support a healthy lymphatic system.
You body naturally makes Nucleotides and you normally don’t need extra. But they become what we call conditionally essential, in other words it is necessary to take them at certain times instead of every day like a multivitamin. Nucleotides are found naturally in fish, poultry, legumes, sprouts and breast milk. They are considered nutritional “building blocks”, providing energy to support and maintain various body functions, including offering excellent immune support. They help support body tissues and generate proper energy production in the Kreb cycle (ATP or Adenosine Triphosphate), while maintaining your body’s overall immune function.†
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Right now during this pandemic, we all want to make sure we are taking the appropriate steps and measures to enhance our immune defenses. Nucleotides are a really beneficial way to do that.
We’re in the middle of winter and people are concerned about the flu going around (and rightfully so). In this episode, Jerry Hickey, Ph. discusses evidence on how Nucleotides can support healthy immunity.
As the seasons change, so do the nutrients your body needs more of to work to its best ability. This is especially evident as the hot temperatures of summer give way to the colder temperatures of fall. Flu season is upon us! Be sure you are equipt with the nutrients you need to keep your body working optimally.
What are Nucleotides?
Nucleotides are the essential building blocks for all cells in our body; this is the reason why they offer such a wide variety of benefits, especially for energy and immunity.
Nucleotides are naturally found in small amounts in some nutritious foods including liver, fish, and brewers yeast and they are an important component of breast milk needed for the development of the quickly growing baby. We also constantly require Nucleotides, especially for tissues that turnover quickly, such as the cells of the immune system or for any organ when healing takes place after surgery or an accident.
Why are Nucleotides So Important?
As colder temperatures lead to drier air, your body may not be able to respond as effectively to defend against viruses or infections, due to dehydration of mucous membranes and the preservation of bacteria in colder temperatures.
According to Harvard Health, as we age, our immune response capability becomes reduced, which can contribute to health concerns like infections or cancer.
Nucleotides are found in abundance in each of the body’s trillion-plus cells. Nucleotides are tiny building blocks of RNA and DNA. RNA and DNA serve as the blueprints for every cell in the body. Nucleotides provide the raw material to dramatically increase white blood cell production. The immune system can then deploy its army of white blood cells to readily take down any invaders.
Studies Behind Nucleotides
One study performed on a small group of men after 60 days of high-intensity cycle exercise and prolonged endurance cycle exercise, found that the group receiving a nucleotide supplement compared to placebo and control group has post-exercise cortisol levels and higher post exercise salivary IgA levels. Simply put, the findings indicated that nucleotide supplementation may counteract the hormonal response associated with physiological stress, resulting in an enhanced immune response.
According to the same journal, Nutrition in Clinical Practice, Nucelotides have demonstrated strong capabilities in –
- The potential for nucleotides to reverse the oxidative stress†
- Demonstrated strong anti-inflammatory capabilities†
- The absence of nucleotides decreases resistance to bacterial and fungal infections†
- Demonstrated, pronounced role in the restoration and maintenance of immune function†
Source: Nutrition in Clinical PracticeVolume 27 Number 2April 2012 281-294© 2012 American Society for Parenteral and Enteral NutritionDOI: 10.1177/0884533611434933http://ncp.sagepub.comhosted athttp://online.sagepub.com