Immune Balance 365: What’s So Great About It?

Immune Balance 365 is a daily use supplement that supports and shields the areas vital to immune health. Much more than a simple vitamin c tablet, Immune Balance 365 is a sophisticated synergistic multisystem supplement in a highly absorbable liquid form. It provides cutting edge support to the 6 main areas of immune health. Nutrient absorption, Antioxidants, Stress/cortisol balance, Immunomodulation, Adaptogens, and Intestinal Health.

1.) Stress and Cortisol – Stress is a major factor in nearly all forms of significant illness from heart disease to compromised immune health. There is truth to the statement “stress kills”. Some studies indicate chronic stress as a more harmful factor than cigarette smoking in terms of overall wellbeing. Cortisol, a helpful hormone when occasionally released in times of stress, can become harmful after states of prolonged or chronic stress. Higher levels of cortisol have been correlated to weakened immune response, increased belly fat, fatigue, and longer recovery times for illness. Studies of Sensoril, (a standardized extract of ashwagandha), contained within Immune balance 365 demonstrated a 69% reduction in perceived stress and 24% Reduction in serum cortisol.

2.) Advanced Immunomodulators – The immune system is often misunderstood and oversimplified with claims being made that a product will “boost” this complex system. The problem with “boosting” is there are elements of the immune system, such as the innate system, that pushed out of balance may lead to inflammation, pain, and allergic itching. With the science and technology available today a more appropriate tactic is to “balance” the immune defenses by using natural phytonutrients to give the body an abundance of the nutritional components it needs to maintain healthy barriers and a ready to go immune response.

Immune Balance 365: What's So Great About It

Our primary immunomodulator is maitake gold 404, a standardized extract of maitake mushroom guaranteed by the producer to be immune-active. It has been clinically shown to increase phagocytosis, cytokine, interleukin, and natural killer activity. Each of these being beneficial components of the innate and adaptive immune response. Immune balance 365 also contains the powerful Black elderberry, which has demonstrated prominent immunomodulating benefits and significant reduction in time to recovery from illness.

3.) Intestinal Health/Digestive Support. Get better not Diarrhea. – When considering immune response many people don’t factor in the importance of intestinal health. Antibiotics are often inappropriately prescribed for viral illness, which can lead to antibiotic resistance and destruction of the normal flora or healthy bacteria that colonize the intestinal tract. With the healthy bacteria gone, nutrient absorption decreases and other harmful bacteria can colonize the intestines leading to further illness, particularly diarrhea. In contrast to antibiotics Immune balance 365 contains Nutraflora ScFos, a “prebiotic” or food for the desirable or “good” intestinal bacteria. This natural prebiotic is then able to feed and fortify rather than destroy the beneficial bacteria in your intestines, thus maintaining a strong barrier against opportunistic disease and diarrhea.

4.) Bioavailable Antioxidants- The National Cancer Institute gives the following definition for antioxidants: “Antioxidants are substances that may protect cells from the damage caused by unstable molecules known as free radicals. Free radical damage may lead to cancer. Antioxidants interact with and stabilize free radicals and may prevent some of the damage free radicals might otherwise cause. Examples of antioxidants include beta-carotene, lycopene, vitamins C, E, and A, and other substances.” Immune balance contains vitamins C and E in levels sufficient to provide powerful antioxidant ability and support to circulatory health. To further ensure bioavailability Immune Balance 365 also includes ACTIValoe which has been shown to increase bioavailability of vitamin C and E by 204% and 269% respectively!

5.) Adaptogens – Who wouldn’t like to be more resilient and capable when it comes to fighting off disease. Immune Balance 365 contains the adaptogens Rhodiola and Eleuthero. Adaptogens are substances that enhance the bodies resistance to outside stressors including fatigue, mental stress, germs, and trauma. Studies have shown both Eleuthero and Rhodiola as supports to the bodies natural ability to reduce stress, combat fatigue and improve resistance to disease.

6.) Safe For Daily use- People get sick 365 days a year not just in times of winter. So to provide this year round protection it’s important to take a supplement that is safe for daily use. Unlike antibiotics or Echinacea which are taken after an illness and are only safe for a short period of time, the vitamins and phytonutrients found in Immune balance 365 are safe for daily use. Furthermore by providing essential nutrients and vitamins such as C, D, and E, protective barriers such as skin, oral, and lung surfaces can be better fortified by healthy tissue and protective enzymes.

So this winter and spring, and summer, and fall… Be proactive, be balanced, wash your hands, and avoid unnecessary illness.

To Your health!
Dave Rigby PA-C, MS, Member of American Society of Nutrition

Back to School Nutrition

As school draws near, many parents wonder what they can do to help equip their child with all they need to succeed academically. There is no question that nutrition plays an important role in a child’s overall health, so what is the best way to ensure a child receives the nutrition they need to have adequate energy for a successful school day. The key is balance.
Some people may not be aware that in 2011 the food guide pyramid used for the past 20 years by the USDA to promote a balanced diet was replaced by the Food Guide Plate(1).

The somewhat cryptic pyramid was found to be less than helpful because the majority of the population found it too complicated to remember or too difficult to determine what portion sizes were. The new simplified graphic creates a visual that shows Fruits and Vegetables as 50% of the recommended plate with grains and protein making up the other 50%. A small circle outside the plate represents an 8oz. side of dairy. On the fruit and vegetable side, vegetables take up nearly 60% of the plate. So this visual recommendation is healthy in theory but the million dollar question; “How would your child respond to a plate that looks like this?” While it is important to teach your children to eat a variety of foods, many parents have experienced the particular difficulty that comes from convincing a child to eat vegetables.

Back to School Nutrition

A recent study in the July 2011 American Journal of clinical nutrition may hold the key to success. They demonstrated a 50%-73% increase in vegetable intake with simultaneous caloric reduction of 15-25% by simply pureeing vegetables and integrating them into the main entrée. (2) The beauty of this was that the children still ate their normal vegetables that were included in the meal without knowing they were receiving an additional dose.
So this school year, help your child feed to succeed by following the new simplified USDA Food Guide plate recommendations and for those who find it difficult to get their child to eat vegetables, use of non-confrontational techniques and nontraditional routes of delivery such as pureed or liquid forms of nutrition can create peace in the home and a healthy, well nourished, and happy child.

To Your Success,

David Rigby Nutritionist, MS (Member of American Society of Nutrition)

 

1. Food Guide Plate – www.Choosemyplate.gov

2. Am J ClinNutr. 2011 Jul 20. Hiding vegetables to reduce energy density: an effective strategy to increase children’s vegetable intake and reduce energy intake.Spill MK, Birch LL, Roe LS, Rolls BJ. Source Departments of Nutritional Sciences and the Center for Childhood Obesity Research, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA.