We all want to stay well during these uncertain times. Without an immune system, we would have no way to fight harmful substances that make us sick, such as viruses, bacteria, parasites or fungi. It is difficult to fight off disease with a weakened immune system, which is why it’s important to do everything you can to keep your immune system strong.
The Immune System
Your immune system plays a vital role in your health because it protects your body from harmful substances that could make you ill. It is made up of various organs, cells and proteins.
The main parts of the immune system are (1):
- White blood cells: Serving as an army against harmful bacteria and viruses, white blood cells search for and attack and destroy germs to keep you healthy.
- Lymph nodes: These small glands are a part of your lymphatic system that filter and destroy germs so they can’t spread to other parts of your body and make you sick. You have hundreds of lymph nodes all over your body, including in your neck, armpits, and groin. Swollen, tender lymph nodes are a clue that your body is fighting an infection.
- Spleen: Your spleen stores white blood cells that defend your body from foreign invaders.
- Tonsils and adenoids: Because they are located in your throat and nasal passage, tonsils and adenoids can trap bacteria or viruses as soon as they enter your body. They have immune cells that produce antibodies which protect you from foreign invaders that cause throat and lung infections.
- Thymus: This small organ in your upper chest beneath your breast bone helps mature a certain type of white blood cell. The specific task of this cell is to learn to recognize and remember an invader so that an attack can be quickly mounted the next time this invader is encountered.
- Bone marrow: Stem cells in the spongy center of your bones develop into red blood cells, plasma cells and a variety of white blood cells and other types of immune cells. Your bone marrow makes billions of new immune cells every day and releases them into the bloodstream.
- Skin, mucous membranes and other first-line defenses: Your skin is the first line of defense in preventing and destroying germs before they enter your body. Skin produces oils and secretes other protective immune system cells. Mucous membranes line the respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive tracts. These membranes secrete mucus, which lubricates and moistens surfaces. Germs stick to mucus in the respiratory tract and then are moved out of the airways by hair-like structures called cilia. Tiny hairs in your nose catch germs. Enzymes found in sweat, tears, saliva and mucus membranes, as well as secretions in the vagina, all defend and destroy germs.
- Stomach and bowel: Stomach acid kills many bacteria soon after they enter the body. You also have good bacteria in your intestines that kill harmful bacteria. (1)
Lifestyle Tips to Boost Your Immune System
Fortunately, there are many things you can do to help protect your immune system naturally:
- Eat healthy. Include lots of organic fruits and vegetables, which are full of vitamins and minerals, in your eating plan.
- Stay active and exercise regularly.
- Stay hydrated. Add lemon slices to water to help flush out viruses and bacteria.
- Eat immune-boosting foods such as lemons, apple cider vinegar, turmeric, oregano, garlic, ginger, broccoli, and red bell peppers.
- Eliminate sugar and simple carbs.
- Wash your hands often.
- Get 7 to 9 hours of quality sleep each night.
- De-stress. Go for a brisk walk, do yoga or meditation.
- Ensure that you have optimal thyroid function.
- Maintain a healthy body weight.
- Stop smoking and use alcohol in moderation.
Boost Your Immunity with Immune Peptide (Thymosin Alpha-1)
Sometimes your immune system may need a little extra help. We compound the Immune Peptide to help keep your immune system strong.
First, a peptide is a short chain of amino acids that signals the body to act more effectively and efficiently. Thymosins are a family of biologically active peptides secreted by the thymus gland which play a significant role in immunity and inflammation. Our immune peptide consists of Thymosin alpha-1.
Thymosin alpha-1 is secreted by the thymus gland and controls the maturation of T cells (a type of white blood cell that seeks out and destroys foreign invaders) as well as stem cells.
Here are the immune-boosting benefits of thymosin in our Immune Peptide:
- Modulates the immune system largely by regulating inflammation.
- Stimulates production of Natural Killer (NK) cells, T helper and cytotoxic T cells, all of which play an important role in the immune system. NK cells can kill tumor and virus-infected cells.
- Helps fight bacteria and viruses.
- Assists in antibody formation.
- Directly inhibits proliferation of tumor cells.
- Increases production of the antioxidant glutathione.
- Inhibits viral replication.
Reasons to Use the Immune Peptide:
- Lyme Disease
- Chronic inflammation – especially large joints
- Chronic infection
- Autoimmune diseases (Hashimoto’s)
- Respiratory Conditions: Asthma, allergies, COPD, ARDS
- Cold and flu
- Non-small cell lung cancer
- HIV due to increase in CD4+
- Prevention and treatment of outbreaks in Herpes Zoster
Get Additional Immune Support During COVID-19
While we need studies to be done specifically on COVID-19, we know that thymosin alpha-1 offers the following to help your immune system fight off viral and bacterial pathogens:
- Decreases viral replication and increases viral antigens on the surfaces of infected cells, making them more visible to the immune system to be destroyed
- Improves tissue repair and healing
- Binds toxins produced by infection
- Decreases exacerbation of allergic reactions and inflammation in the lungs
- Sublingual tablet you dissolve under your tongue once daily, no side effects reported with sublingual delivery
We are Here for You
Call Physicians Preference Pharmacy to order your Immune Peptide today at 281-828-9088. It will be our privilege to serve you.
We wish you great health!