Foods and herbal supplements chosen with intention may serve as immune balancers that provide immune system support.
As noted in a study published in The Journal of the History of Biology, “the immune system is not a killer of non-self strangers but a peace-maker helping to establish harmony with the environment.” Fundamentally, we tend to benefit when we maintain a strong, balanced immune system.
Here, I’ll share some examples of immune balancers and introduce our two of the most powerful immune support herbal teas and extracts.
Examples of Immune Balancers
About 80% of our immune cells are found in the gut. For this reason, it’s important to consume foods and herbs that can strengthen gut health and improve the gut microbiota. Strengthening gut health also happens to benefit immune system health.
Probiotics are among the most important immune balancers. They can help to populate healthy gut microbiota. The human body is full of bacteria, good and bad, and probiotics (good yeasts and bacteria) can help keep your gut healthy. The most common probiotic is lactobacillus, which can be found in yogurt.
Optimal nutrition is generally a highly recommended type of immune balancer. Some foods and herbal supplements act as immune balancers, meaning they have the potential to stimulate an under-active immune system and calm an overactive immune system.
A balanced diet helps to build a strong immune system health to help fight invasion by viruses, dangerous bacteria, and dangerous fungi. Some of the nutrients derived from a balanced diet that supports immune health include zinc, vitamin D, and vitamin C.
Zinc is an antioxidant that may help fight off free radicals. Zinc deficiency can cause increased oxidative damage to DNA, proteins, and lipids. If free radicals overwhelm the body’s ability to regulate them, oxidative stress may result. Free radicals can adversely alter lipids, proteins, and DNA, as well as trigger a number of human diseases.
Vitamin D also plays an essential role in helping to modulate the immune system, making it one of the most important immune balancers. Many people get enough Vitamin D from exposure to direct sunlight. Those who don’t should probably consider taking a Vitamin D supplement.
Vitamin C is a powerhouse vitamin. Low levels of vitamin C have often been associated with weakened immune system health. Studies recommend that the standard amount of Vitamin C is 90 mg/d and 75 mg/d for men and women, respectively.
Just a few of the foods that may serve as immune balancers include:
- Fresh fruits
- Fresh vegetables
- Whole grains and nuts
- Red meat
Herbal Support for Immune System Health
Our online store includes high-quality herbal teas and extracts that may serve as immune balancers and provide immune system support, particularly Cistus incanus and Phyllanthus niruri.
Cistus incanus (Rock Rose) herbal tea and extract offer significant immune support and scientifically proven relief of cold and flu symptoms. Phyllanthus niruri (Chanca Piedra) herbal tea and extract have antiviral, antimalarial, and antibacterial properties that support balanced immune system function, strengthening weak systems and calming overactive ones. As a result, it helps the body avoid damaging inflammation and auto-immune diseases. It supports a healthy microbiome, selectively inhibiting the reproduction of pathogenic bacteria without affecting gut-friendly flora.
Cistus incanus and Phyllanthus niruri are also two of the six powerhouse extracts in our ShieldsUp! Immune Support Kit. The kits also include Rosa rugosa (Rose Hips), Laricifomes officinalis (Agarikon mushroom), Torilis japonica, and L-Lysine.
We love our Cistus and Phyllanthus herbal teas and extracts. It helps that they’re easy to drink every day. We think you’ll love them too. To learn more, a good place to start is with the Cistus FAQ and the Phyllanthus FAQ.