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How Adaptogens Protect You from Getting Sick

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How Adaptogens Protect You from Getting Sick

 

Our immune system is truly amazing. 


Night and day it relentlessly fights off foreign invaders like viruses, bacteria, fungi, parasites and all types of harmful microbes. 


It’s like our body’s medicine cabinet constantly protecting us from getting sick.



Nature’s Medicine Cabinet: The Immune System


When our immune system is working well, we can be exposed to all kinds of harmful, disease-causing microbes without getting sick! 


This is because our first line of defense (our awesome immune system) is vigilantly protecting us. 


Nevertheless, we do get sick sometimes, don’t we? And that’s because something has gone 

awry with our normally-powerful and efficient immune system.



Daily Stress ‘Chips Away’ at Your Immunity


Back in the 1950s, the famous stress scientist, Dr. Hans Selye theorized that stress had a direct effect on the immune system and illness. Since his groundbreaking research, there have been hundreds of studies proving the direct relationship between chronic stress and its adverse impact on your immunity and your health. 1, *


Stress comes in many forms and can be mental, emotional, physical, environmental or chemical stress.  And unfortunately, stress has become a normal part of everyday life for most people.


An occasional stressful event (known as acute stress) isn't generally a problem because it usually passes fairly quickly, and your body returns to its normal function.


However, chronic, prolonged  stress that becomes a daily experience can be very dangerous to your health. This is largely because this type of stress continually taxes the immune system due to the flow of the stress hormone cortisol which has been shown to affect your body’s inflammatory response. **  Add this reference: 


This continual release of cortisol gradually chips away at your body's ability to protect you from disease9  and can eventually lead to illness. Even a relatively minor type of physical stress from not getting enough sleep for just a few nights can result in coming down with a cold or the flu! 21


In fact, in the recent article, "Stress Causing You to Get Less Sleep?", researchers at Carnegie Mellon University say,  “Get Ready to Catch a Cold!”. That's because they also find that stress directly affects immune function due to the flow of the stress hormone cortisol.


The  Good News Is:  There’s Actually a Scientifically Proven and Easy Way to Protect Yourself from Stress!                 


It’s called: “anti-stress” adaptogen herbs. 


Simply stated, adaptogens are amazing natural herbs that help your body to adapt to and overcome stress. 


They act by either by preventing your natural stress response or calming your adrenal system from activating in the first place to a stressful event or situation. 2, 3, *


By modulating the reactions of your body to stress, adaptogens not only protect your immune system, they promote an overall state of health and well-being, while restoring your vitality, stamina, and resilience. 2, 3, *


What Exactly Are “Anti-Stress” Adaptogen Herbs?


Native to desolate regions of Siberia and the remote high deserts of Eastern Europe, “adaptogen”  is a name given to a special class of plants that are able to survive and even thrive in the harshest and most stressful conditions on earth.


Adaptogens were first discovered by ancient peoples who witnessed deer and wildlife populations thriving when eating these plants.  Scientists later found that when adaptogenic herbs are ingested, they pass their amazing ability to adapt to stressful conditions on to people!*


 Although adaptogenic herbs have been used for thousands of years in ancient cultures, they’re great value has only recently been recognized in the Western world.

  

Adaptogens Used for Centuries and Re-Discovered in Modern Times


Used in Eastern medicine, both Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Ayurvedic healing traditions for over 2000 years, adaptogenic herbs were used to strengthen the body against disease and to promote energy, vitality, stamina, anti-aging and longevity. 


Adaptogens  were also used in various European cultures, most notably by the Vikings over a thousand years ago to increase their energy, strength and endurance before going into battles or embarking on long, difficult journeys, 1, *


Perhaps the most studies on adaptogens were done by Russian scientists over a period of several decades, primarily between 1945 and 1985.9, * Thousands of studies were secretly conducted by The Soviet Academy of Science which showed the remarkable ability of adaptogens to protect the body from stress and strengthen the immune system.

 

These studies became so groundbreaking and influential that Soviet scientists coined the word "adaptogen." They used this term to refer to protective plants that help the body adapt to and resist every type of stress. 2, 3, *


Recent Studies Show Numerous Ways Adaptogens Strengthen Your Immunity


Here are just a few:


Adaptogens Increase White Blood Cells


Adaptogens stimulate the production of white blood cells in our immune system known as macrophages (macro=big; phage=eater). These are the cells that destroy pathogens in the bloodstream such as viruses, bacteria, fungi, parasites, yeast, mold, etc. These white blood cells are the first line of defense and protect us from infections including the flu and colds.7, *


Adaptogens Increase Natural Killer Cells


NK or natural killer cells are white blood cells that destroy foreign invaders by injecting a chemical bomb (called a granule) into the enemy. The granules explode and destroy the bacteria or virus-infected cells within a matter of minutes. NK cells also attack cancer cells and are known to limit the growth and spread of tumors. NK cells are located predominantly in the blood, lymph system, liver, and lung. 5, 6, *


Adaptogens Increase Interleukin 2 and Interferons


Interleukin 2 is a naturally occurring protein which increases the growth and activity of white blood cells (T lymphocytes and B lymphocytes) resulting in enhanced immune function. Interferons strengthen the response of the immune system to viruses and have been shown to boost the immune response and reduce tumor growth. 4, *


Note: New studies are being conducted to identify how adaptogenic herbs may be useful in treating many chronic diseases, such as heart disease, cancer  and respiratory conditions.


Time-Tested and Backed by Thousands of Research Studies


Adaptogens have been used throughout history as a way to help the body resist and overcome the negative effects of stress, increase immunity, fight off fatigue, boost strength and stamina, enhance energy and attention, and promote health and longevity.2, 3, *


If you are interested in learning about highly-effective adaptogen supplements that can reduce stress, fortify your immunity and protect your health, you are invited to review our unique health supplements that promote vibrant health and longevity; Peak Male for Men and EmpowHER for Women

 

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Adaptogens are amazing natural herbs that help your body to adapt to and overcome stress. 


They act by either preventing your natural stress response or calming your adrenal system from activating in the first place to a stressful event or situation. 2, 3, *


By modulating the reactions of your body to stress, adaptogens not only protect your immune system, they promote an overall state of health and well-being, while restoring your vitality, stamina, and resilience.2, 3, *

 

This led to the development of Peak Male for men and EmpowHER for women, which stand apart from every other adaptogen supplement available because of the unique combination of the 7 primary adaptogens along with other exceptional natural ingredients that further reinforce their benefits.

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Adaptogens are amazing natural herbs that help your body to adapt to and overcome stress. 


They act by either preventing your natural stress response or calming your adrenal system from activating in the first place to a stressful event or situation. 2, 3, *


By modulating the reactions of your body to stress, adaptogens not only protect your immune system, they promote an overall state of health and well-being, while restoring your vitality, stamina, and resilience.2, 3, *

 

This led to the development of Peak Male for men and EmpowHER for women, which stand apart from every other adaptogen supplement available because of the unique combination of the 7 primary adaptogens along with other exceptional natural ingredients that further reinforce their benefits.

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