The Goal: Strengthen the immune system by supporting immune cells to detect, track, and kill invading organisms, decrease vulnerability to infections, neutralize free radicals, and detoxify the liver.
The Plan: 30-minute session, up to 2 times per week.
The Goods: Vitamin C, Glutathione, Zinc, Copper, Mangenese, Chromium, and Selenium.
The Science: Poor diet, pollution, toxins, medications, stress, trauma, aging, and infections all deplete antioxidants, and make the body susceptible to unrestrained cell disintegration, increasing vulnerability to infection and disease. Free radicals are unstable oxygen molecules created by metabolism. The instability of free radicals stems from their missing an electron. In an attempt to find balance, the misfit molecule rips an electron from its neighbor. As a result, those molecules also turn into free radicals. This damage can eventually snowball and disrupt a cell’s integrity, causing it to behave abnormally. Antioxidants retard this oxidative stress caused by free radicals.
Vitamins support the immune system on a cellular level, so that cells are able to detect, track, and kill invading organisms, decreasing vulnerability to dangerous infections. These cells include: Natural killer (NK) cells, that move in on infectious and foreign malignant targets; Neutrophils, the main immune system cell for fighting bacterial infections; Lymphocytes, immune system cells that produce antibodies; and Antibodies, noncellular components of the immune system.
The Deal: Vitamin C supports and energizes all of the immune system’s cells, enabling them to detect, track, and kill invading organisms, decreasing vulnerability to dangerous infections. Vitamin C can reduce the duration and severity of the common cold, and also make catching a cold less likely in the first place. Glutathione is the most important molecule you need to stay healthy and prevent disease. It is the master of all antioxidants, not only slowing oxidative stress, it recharges itself, as well as other antioxidants. Glutathione also detoxifies the liver by binding to toxins before they’re excreted, and assisting in their removal from the body.
In order to detoxify, the body needs energy, and to produce energy, the body needs minerals. The regular intake of trace minerals supports the body in proper physiological function and can ward off health problems. Zinc assists in enzyme synthesis, helps immune function, and promotes insulin storage. Copper supports red blood cell and connective tissue formation, stores and releases iron to form hemoglobin, and contributes to central nervous system functions. Manganese is the key to enzyme systems and supports brain function. Chromium enhances the cells’ ability to absorb glucose, stimulate fatty acids, and synthesize cholesterol. Selenium is an antioxidant that protects cells from free radicals. A deficiency in any single trace mineral can make the body vulnerable.