How to stave off back to school bugs and workplace viruses

How to stave off back to school bugs and workplace viruses

Author -  Good Health

The kids are battling ‘back to school bugs’, the workplace is rife with a never-ending cycle of cold and flu viruses, and hospitals are struggling with an influx of severely ill patients. Experts warn that there may be much worse to come with a forecasted flu surge. Protect you and your family with our immune-boosting advice.

So, does a balanced immune system really play such an important role when it comes to protecting you and your family against flu-like viruses and illness? 

Every hour of every day, viruses, bacteria, fungi, parasites and environmental allergens attack our immune system. To stay healthy our immune system needs to produce a balanced response depending on what type of immune challenge we are faced with. 

When faced with an immune challenge our immune cells send out chemical signals known as PRPs (Proline-Rich Polypeptides).  These are key messengers that, when an infection is detected by immune cells, send out chemical signals to activate an attack to kill the invading organism, thereby protecting us from getting infections and becoming sick.  Once the infection is under control the PRPs are again one of the major signals to call off the immune response, and this is really important because the immune system needs to turn OFF once the threat of attack is over, otherwise a continued attack can actually make us sick – leading to autoimmune conditions and allergies.

People with autoimmune conditions and allergies do not benefit from having their immune system stimulated with immune boosting ingredients because this often makes symptoms worse. Unlike those with an under active immune system, who repeatedly suffer from repeated bouts of illness; can’t shake that cold that lingers for weeks, or are constantly sick throughout winter, who benefit from having their immune system boosted.    

An important part of our immune system is T-helper cells, a type of white blood cell. Two types of these cells (Th1 and Th2 cells) are responsible for maintaining immune balance.  The balance between Th1 and Th2 is very much like a seesaw, with Th1 and Th2 having opposing effects. Th1 and Th2 work together to keep immunity balanced, switching between stimulating an immune response and calling off an immune attack.  Problems arise when the immune system gets ‘stuck’ in one type of reaction, causing suppression of the other. 

Ideally we need to balance the immune system, supporting either a weakened immune system or helping to tone down an overactive one.  PRPs have the unique ability to balance the immune system, increasing its activity level when immunity is weak and decreasing its activity level when the immune system is overactive.  In autoimmune disease or allergies, PRPs are able to ‘turn-off’ the immune response and slow down an overactive immune system, preventing the attack on the body’s own tissue.

Good Health’s Immulox® is an immune balancing product derived from colostrum powder, with high levels of proline-rich polypeptide (PRPs). A unique benefit of Immulox® Natural Immune support is that it is suited to both an overactive and underactive immune system. Immulox® naturally supports balance to the immune system because it doesn’t push the immune system in just one direction, but rather balances it, depending on which way it needs to be directed to create a healthy balanced immune system just as it should be. In a nutshell – by balancing your immune system, your body is  strong, healthy, and able to ward off unwanted illnesses. Preventing illness is always easier than trying to cure illness!

Good Health’s Viralex and Viralex Attack stimulate the immune system so is suited for people who have an underactive immune system.


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