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This is the time of year when your immune system gets pushed to the limit. Stress, inadequate sleep, and poor eating habits can leave you vulnerable and less equipped to fight off seasonal immune system challenges.

The immune system helps the body defend itself against every day and acute stressors. This complex system of organs, tissues, and cells has the ability to produce, store, and carry white blood cells. When there is a weakening of the system, it is more difficult for the body to maintain a healthy balance.

One of the main contributors to a weakened immune system is chronic stress. Long term stress releases a hormone called cortisol into your blood. This hormone increases your blood sugar to help give you energy, but it suppresses your immune system. This extra energy from cortisol can also prevent you from getting a good night sleep. Lack of sleep is another leading cause of a weakened immune system. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than a third of adults do not get the recommended amount of sleep on a regular basis.

Many people come into my office with chronic immune system problems. For most people, a healthy immune system is fairly simple to acquire. Being more active, eating a whole foods diet and being happier have profound effects on your immune system. Most people know how to be more active. Simply sit less and move more, and if you’re healthy enough, every now and then do something physically challenging. I’ve already written several posts on diet that you can review if you like. How to be happier is also simple, but I might save that topic for its own post, so stay tuned for that.

Another way I support the immune system is with targeted supplementation. For short term or acute immune system support I recommend Congaplex and Andrographis Complex.

Congaplex supports healthy immune system response function and provides ingredients with antioxidant activity. It contains ribonucleic acid, which the body uses to build new cells.

Andrographis Complex is a blend of Andrographis, Echinacea angustifolia root, and Holy Basil that provides a unique range of phytochemicals to support a healthy immune system response and health respiratory system function.

For long term or everyday immune system support I recommend Immuplex and Echinacea Premium.

Immuplex blends essential micronutrients and minerals as well as Protomorphogen and Cytosol extracts to support the immune system. It helps maintain normal white blood cell activity for people already within normal range.

Echinacea Premium combines the root extracts of Echinacea angustifolia and Echinacea purpurea to enhance immune systems function. Universal pharma-grade testing and a patented manufacturing process ensure4.1 mg of alkylamides per tablet. It supports and promotes healthy white blood cells and throat tissue.

If you are curious about these products or would like to know more about improving your immune system you can email drjake@sozochiropracticcare.com to set up a consultation.