Your immune system works hard to protect and support you every day in every way—it’s like your personal defense system designed to work exclusively on your behalf.
Studies have shown that the immune system is one complex entity. It not only attacks foreign invaders that it identifies to be problematic, but it also affects your overall well-being, from your energy levels to the complexion of your skin. This means that feeling great each day relies on a well-balanced and strong immune system.
But immune function is incredibly sensitive to aggravators like poor diet, stress, aging, and lack of sleep—all of which can affect your immune health and possibly lead to an imbalance in your system.
Regardless of the cause, if your immune system is suppressed or overstimulated, chances are good that you won’t be feeling your best...at least not for long. You see, a suppressed or weakened immune system can leave you susceptible to anything and everything, while an overstimulated immune system can mistake harmless things in your body or in your environment for invaders and cause abnormal reactions.
So when you’re facing stress, not getting enough sleep, or experiencing other situations that challenge your immune system, you might be tempted to run out and buy the latest immune-boosting product you can find at the drugstore. But keep in mind that it is balance, not a boost, that's absolutely critical to maintaining a healthy immune response.
In fact, too much of a boost is not a good thing.
This is why it’s important to make sure your immune function stays genuinely balanced and strong. Having a well-tuned immune system allows your body to target the right enemies and helps you feel your absolute best long-term.
How Probiotics Can Help Support Immune Function
With 80% of our immune system cells living in our gastrointestinal tract, a strong immune system begins with a healthy gut. Probiotic supplements are a quick and easy way to keep your immune system on track because they deliver a large dose of live, good bacteria directly to your gastrointestinal tract, supporting the balance of your immune response at its core. This beneficial bacteria colonizes and quickly gets to work helping you stay well.
Probiotics, combined with other natural ingredients that support the immune system, can support gut health and help maintain healthy immune function. In addition to immune-friendly probiotic strains, Hyperbiotics Immune is made with immune supporting bioavailable vitamin C, echinacea, chelated zinc, and the fermented yeast superfood, EpiCor, to give you immune support along with your daily probiotic.
Unlike many immune ingredients, EpiCor helps keep your immune system balanced rather than stimulating an immune response—this means that it gives you exactly the support you need, when you need it.
In fact, EpiCor may very well become your secret weapon for maintaining overall health. This unique, naturally-occurring superfood has been studied to support the immune system in a variety of ways.1
Not only does EpiCor deliver an unmatched dose of antioxidants and help increase the production of Secretory Immunoglobulin A (sIgA), research indicates that it jumpstarts the activity of natural killer cells (NK cells) within just hours.2
- Secretory Immunoglobulin A (sIgA). This powerful antibody is found in mucus, breast milk, tears, saliva, and other areas of the mucous membrane, and it’s crucial to your body’s immune defenses. In fact, sIgA is like a mighty immune-system army that blocks out invaders, allowing you to live more healthy days.
- Natural Killer Cells (NK cells). These super cells are called lymphocytes, and they’re a type of white blood cell that seeks out and destroys cells in the body that are negatively contributing to your health. When these NK cells are plentiful, your body becomes an unfavorable environment for even the most aggressive microorganisms. Antioxidants from food or supplements can help activate NK cells quickly, which go right to work keeping you out of harm's way.
The bottom line is that balanced immune function is the key to maintaining health as nature intended. And if we can consciously care for this complex system by taking steps to prioritize a diet rich in whole fruits, veggies, probiotics, and superfoods, and pursue a lifestyle that is both low-stress and active, we can expect our bodies to function optimally. And let’s face it, there really isn’t anything much better than feeling your best!
1. Ducray, H. A., Globa, L., Pustovyy, O., Reeves, S., Robinson, L., Vodyanoy, V., & Sorokulova, I. (2016). Mitigation of heat stress-related complications by a yeast fermentate product. Journal of Thermal Biology, 60, 26-32.
2. Jensen, G. S., Patterson, K. M., Barnes, J., Schauss, A. G., Beaman, R., Reeves, S. G., & Robinson, L. E. (2008). A Double-Blind Placebo-Controlled, Randomized Pilot Study: Consumption of a High-Metabolite Immunogen from Yeast Culture has Beneficial Effects on Erythrocyte Health and Mucosal Immune Protection in Healthy Subjects. The Open Nutrition Journal,2(1), 68-75.
Julie Hays is the Communications Director here at Hyperbiotics. Health writer and mama of two little girls, Julie's on a mission to empower others to live lives free of the microbial depletion many of us face today. For more ideas on how you can maximize wellness and benefit from the power of probiotics, be sure to subscribe to our newsletter.