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(VIDEO) The Body's Immune Defense System

Your Body’s Defense System— Understanding How It Works and How to Keep It Strong

In this Video you will learn:

● The basic knowledge you need on how your Body’s Defense System operates.

● Nutritional strategies you can integrate into your daily life to support it.

● Lifestyle habits you can implement to enhance its power.

Immune System 101

The immune system is what protects your body from diseases and infections. It's the bodily system that produces the immune response to defend your body from foreign substances, cells, and tissues.

11 body systems and they are ALL a part of your immune system!

Important Parts of the Immune System

  • Tonsils and Adenoids

  • Lymph nodes and Lymphatic vessels:

  • Thymus

  • Spleen

  • Peyer’s patches

  • Appendix

  • Bone marrow

Innate Vs Adaptive

The immune system is delineated into two distinct arms: innate and adaptive.

1) The innate system is comprised of nonspecific defense mechanisms that respond to pathogens, including bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Physical barriers (skin, mucous membranes) supply one layer of defense, while a variety of immune factors (macrophages, natural killer cells, mast cells, cytokines, complement proteins) also protect against foreign invaders.

2) The adaptive arm of the immune system is driven by t- and b-lymphocytes. These cells detect specific pathogens, secrete signaling molecules, and coordinate an immune response in the face of challenge. Upon initial interaction with a foreign microorganism, aspects of the adaptive immune system respond, developing memory for enhanced recognition during subsequent exposures. This adaptation results in a faster, more robust secondary response.

What is Humoral Immunity and Cell Mediated Immunity?

Humoral immunity is triggered by. B cells while cell mediated immunity is triggered by T cells. The main difference between humoral and cell mediated. immunity is that antigen-specific antibodies are produced in humoral immunity whereas antibodies are not. produced in cell mediated immunity.

The Innate vs. Adaptive Immune Response

It’s All about Balance

Signs and symptoms of primary immunodeficiency can include: Frequent and recurrent pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus infections, ear infections, meningitis or skin infections. Inflammation and infection of internal organs. Blood disorders, such as low platelet counts or anemia.

Immune System Optimizers


  • Personal Hygiene

  • Reduce Stress

  • Improve Sleep

  • Exercise

  • Limit alcohol consumption


  • Bone broth

  • Ginger

  • Green tea

  • Vitamin C foods

  • Beta-carotene foods


  • Vitamin D

  • Zinc

  • NAC

  • Reishi mushrooms

  • Vitamin C

  • Melatonin


  • Elderberry

  • Astragalus root

  • Turmeric/Curcumin

  • Chinese Skull Cap

Essential Oils

  • Myrrh

  • Oregano

Gut Health

  • Probiotics

  • Glutamine

  • Phytonutrients

Food to Focus On

Bone and miso broths

Seaweed products

Whole fruits

Non-starchy vegetables

Root vegetables

Healthy fats

Healthy oils


Grains (gluten free)

Meat & Poultry

Seafood & Fish





Herbs & spices

Food to Avoid

The following foods should be avoided in general for optimal immune support.


Processed and packaged foods

Starchy vegetables

Dairy products


Soda, carbonated and other sweetened beverages (sodium-free sparkling water is ok)


Processed fruit juices

Factory-farmed and processed meats

Candies & sweets


Processed broths

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Supplements in the Program

  • Vitamin D Complex™ features 2000 IUs of vitamin D along with efficacious amounts of the other fat-soluble vitamins, A, E (tocopherols and tocotrienols), and K (K1 and K2).

  • Zinc Supreme™ is a ubiquitous mineral involved in many enzymatic processes, as well as proper immune and regulatory functions. Zinc Supreme is enhanced with vitamins B2 and B6, molybdenum, taurine and malic acid for optimal zinc supplementation.

  • N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine is an amino acid that is a precursor to glutathione, the body’s most powerful antioxidant, which helps promote optimal detoxification.

  • Stellar C™ an essential micronutrient that acts as a potent antioxidant and contributes to immune defense by supporting various cellular functions of both the innate and adaptive immune system.

  • Probiomed™ 50 is a shelf stable combination of 50 billion live probiotic strains, from 10 specific probiotic species, known for their ability to directly support intestinal health. These professional grade supplements will work together to help your body support a healthy immune system, gut function and fight off free radicals that lead to compromised health.

  • Immunitone Plus™ is an herbal formula that is designed to support healthy immune system function. It contains herbs that support normal natural killer (NK) cell activity and the balance of cytokines, which are the regulatory proteins released by immune cells as part of a normal immune system response. The standardized herbs in this formula contain optimal and consistent amounts of the most active ingredients, which have immunomodulating properties.

  • Melatonin is a hormone secreted by the pineal gland. As a supplement, it is useful for regulating sleep and the body’s daily rhythmic cycle. Melatonin is also an important antioxidant which acts as an effective scavenger of free radicals. Melatonin may support a healthy immune and stress response.

  • BroccoProtect™ is a synergistic blend of specially cultivated broccoli seed extract and broccoli sprout concentrate, providing sulforaphane glucosinolate and myrosinase enzyme for maximal conversion to broccoli’s beneficial compound, sulforaphane. It is offered in a delayed release capsule in order to further optimize this conversion and maximize bioavailability. BroccoProtect™ is designed to help support detoxification, antioxidant status and cellular health, as well as offer cardiovascular and neuronal protection.

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