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At first glance, it’s difficult to believe everything from cataracts to cancer stems from the same four causes. But modern science proves they all do.
By the time you finish reading this brief ebook, you’ll understand how. Just as importantly, you’ll know how to protect yourself from premature aging and disease, so you can live in the freedom that comes with strong health – well into your 80s, 90s, and beyond.
We believe with knowledge comes power. And with power comes choice. After reading this, you’ll know how to help your body remain as strong and active as you wish – no matter how you’re feeling now.
Ready to see how? Let’s get started…
Protecting you from colds to cancer
From the moment you’re born, a barrage of bacteria, microbes, parasites and viruses constantly attack your body. To be blunt, their sole job is breaking down and killing any organism they infect.
As you guessed it, you’re a giant organism, so they want you dead.
If that sounds drastic, consider this: Once a person dies, it only takes a few weeks for all of those bacteria and other organisms to completely dismantle your body and leave nothing but a cleaned out skeleton.
The reason we’re still alive is a testament to how hard our immune system works 24/7 x 365, neutralizing these dangerous invaders. Your immune system works nonstop protecting you in 4 different ways:
1. It prevents free radicals, bacteria, and other antigens from entering your body.
2. It scours your tissues, finding and destroying threats like mutated cells and viruses before they multiply and turn into a chronic problem.
3. It flushes toxins from your system before they can spread to other cells and organs, which can lead to disease.
4. If the attacker avoids detection and starts causing problems, your immune system ramps up its efforts to eliminate the threat before it creates malignancies.
Meanwhile, your immune system tirelessly scours your body for abnormal cells, and eliminates them before they cause damage. These abnormal cells may be caused by poor nutrition, oxidative stress, toxins and other threats of modern life.
Your immune strength determines how well you resist infection, how quickly you recover from injury, and how well you prevent abnormal (i.e., cancerous) cell growth.
As a general rule…
Your immunity is STRONG if
• You’re happy and energetic throughout the day without medication, sugary or caffeinated drinks
• You don’t catch colds easily. And when you do catch the occasional cold, you recover from it fully and quickly
• You heal from injuries – ranging from bug bites to surgeries – quickly
Your immunity is WEAK if
• You have allergies (e.g., certain foods, pollen, fragrance sensitivities, etc.)
• You have an autoimmune disease (e.g., asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, or lupus)
• You take longer to recover from injuries or strenuous workouts
What most of us were never told is…
In the beginning, our immunity protects.
Then it’s programmed to turn on us…
Our immune system is designed to steadily deteriorate, producing fewer and fewer immune cells as we age. It’s a natural process called immunosenescence (pronounced: em-mu-no-sen-s-cents).
The problem is, we’re still exposed to all of the bacteria and other pathogens trying to kill us.
As your immune system breaks down, your weakened immunity becomes so overburdened, it goes haywire.
That’s when it acts unreliably. Rather than efficiently address each threat with the appropriate amount of force, it can:
• Over-react, which creates excessive inflammation that attacks healthy cells. Inflammation’s linked to every major disease from arthritis to Alzheimer’s.
• Under-react, which lets antigens (e.g., bacteria, parasites, viruses, toxins) spread in your system, damaging organs and increasing disease risk.
• Mistake abnormal cells as healthy cells. This allows damaged cells to freely mutate, grow and spread into deadly tumors.
One telltale sign your immune system’s struggling right now is you feel tired or sluggish when you wake up, no matter how much you slept.
Or your energy levels are so low, you NEED afternoon naps or caffeine to make it through the day.
As your aging immunity continues weakening from constant attack, health issues surface. These include:
• Painful shingles outbreaks
• Allergies or asthma
• Aching joints or muscles
• Trouble sleeping
• Digestive issues (gas, bloating, etc.)
• Heart disease
• Itchy eczema and other chronic skin conditions
• Autoimmune diseases (lupus, Hashimoto’s, MS, etc.)
• And many others
Adding to our troubles…
Our immune system isn’t designed to keep us alive past 50.
Experts believe it’s so our species could make room for new generations.
At first, our immunity protects us. From the moment you’re born, your immunity busily identifies potential antigens (e.g., germs, toxins, viruses). As it encounters each threat, it creates the appropriate antibodies (immune cells for specific antigens) to fight that specific threat. Then logs that into its memory.
When you come across that specific antigen again, your immune system recognizes and destroys it before any harm’s done. This explains why you can’t get the same cold twice.
By the time you reach puberty, the immunity thinks you contacted most of the antigens that’ll threaten you in your lifetime. So it slows down production of critical antibodies like natural killer (NK) and T cells.
In your 30s, your immunity figures you’re past middle age and gets downright lazy and less reliable.
Sometimes it can’t tell a good guy from a bad guy, and lets some invaders sneak past…
Sometimes it overreacts and attacks healthy cells along with the antigens…
Sometimes it fights back half-heartedly, allowing infections and abnormal cells to spread.
This is why in our 40s, we start seeing autoimmune disorders crop up, or we start showing early warning signs of heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic illnesses.
As our immunity continues deteriorating, we spend our remaining years slowly decaying. Eventually, we succumb to a disease. Right when you think it couldn’t get worse,
Modern life speeds up the rate our immunity deteriorates.
Your immune system takes a beating every time you:
• Breathe polluted air
• Use household chemicals
• Take certain medications
• Eat processed or sugary foods
• Sleep fewer than 8 hours per night
• Feel stressed (who doesn’t?)
• Don’t exercise regularly
By now, you can see how aging and modern life beat up our immune systems daily. This takes us to…
Each type of virus or bacteria (germs) releases a certain type of toxin that affects specific parts of your body.
For instance, the polio virus releases toxins that destroy nerve cells. Or the strep throat bacteria (Streptococcus) releases toxins that inflame your throat.
Because different germs attack different parts of your body, each attacker activates different parts of your immune system.
Trouble starts when your immune system can’t produce enough
antibodies to protect you from all of these various invaders. Or when your system over reacts to the invaders and starts attacking healthy cells too…
That’s when your own immunity starts attacking you!
When your immunity over reacts, it can’t tell the good guys from the bad guys and doesn’t know when to stop attacking. This creates excess inflammation. As you may know, excess inflammation is linked to every disease from arthritis to Alzheimer’s.
An over active immunity is also what causes allergies.
In this case, your immune system sees harmless foreign particles like pollen or proteins in foods
as dangerous threats, so they mount an attack. This overreaction results in hay fever or food allergies, respectively.
According to immunology expert Dr. Roy Walford, a declining immune system is one of the major causes of systemic aging—including a growing risk for cancers, infections, and inflammatory conditions.
He should know. He’s the former Emeritus Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at
UCLA and author of The Immunologic Theory of Aging. He literally wrote the book on immunity and premature aging.
He’s not alone in his findings. Some researchers believe a dysfunctional immune system makes us susceptible to virtually every imaginable disease, from pneumonia to arthritis to diabetes. That’s because:
• A weakened immunity allows viruses to multiply in your body and turn into a chronic problem…
• A weakened immunity over reacts or under reacts to potential antigens. Both situations create greater cell damage…
• A weakened immunity can’t ward off the onslaught of free radicals, allowing rampant cell damage through oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is one of the main causes behind most diseases including cancer, heart disease, arthritis, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and others…
• A weakened immunity can’t efficiently flush toxins from your body, allowing these toxins to damage organs and increase chronic disease risk.
Your immune system is made up of eight different components, each responsible for a series of specific chemical reactions.
When strengthening your immunity, the tricky part is not to give it too much of one nutrient or too little of another. Doing so may make one of the system components too strong or too weak, causing a greater imbalance and more health issues.
Immunologist Patrick Bouic, PhD, head of the immunology department at Stellenbosch University in Cape Town, South Africa, and co-author of The Immune System Cure explains:
“When a person develops an auto-immune disease or allergies, the immune system is unbalanced. If this person, in the unbalanced state, simply took an herb or supplement that boosted the immune system, then the unbalanced part of the immune system—such as the propensity toward inflammation—would also be boosted and health problems could end up being aggravated.”
Creating the right immune balance
With modern life, most of us are overstressed, over exposed to toxins, don’t exercise enough, and do not eat balanced diets. All of this weakens our immune system, allowing disease to flourish.
Although reducing stress and improving diet can dramatically influence your immune health, adding immune regulating herbs and supplements can help you strengthen your immunity faster. And help it function optimally for many, many years.
The following nutrients are well-studied immune system regulators known as immunomodulators (pronounced: em-mu-no-mod-u-late-ors).
One of their many advantages over drugs is they do not force your system to act in a certain way, which could make your system dependent on them like a crutch.
Instead, they help your many immune functions work at full strength, so they naturally do what they’re designed to do. This prevents your immunity from under-reacting or over-reacting to threats so you enjoy sustained health.
Top immune regulators to add to your diet include:
Adaptogens are plants that help your body adapt to changing stressors. Adaptogens provide the right nudge to spark the right amount of healing, at just the right time, in just the right direction.
For example, an adaptogen for blood pressure will lower it for those with high blood pressure. That same adaptogen will raise it for someone with low blood pressure and help maintain it for someone who’s just right.
According to Donald Brown, ND, author of Herbal Prescriptions for Health and Healing, adaptogenic herbs help your body adapt to your environment by helping you resist stress, increase stamina, calm your nervous system, and strengthen your cardiovascular and immune systems to resist biological threats.
Well established adaptogenic herbs include: Siberian ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus), Panax ginseng, Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus), and Ashwagandha.
An immunomodulator helps regulate you’re your immune system by giving you exactly what your system needs to regain balance.
This can mean boosting a sluggish system, or calming an overactive one. What’s especially important here is an immunomodulator doesn’t cause your system to “do” something. They work by giving your system what it needs to naturally normalize itself.
Part of this normalizing process comes from an immunomodulator’s ability to increase the body’s production of messenger molecules, such as cytokines. Cytokines create an inflammatory response, which helps cells rid infection.
Cytokines also help calm excess inflammation. These messengers help immune cells communicate better so they don’t over react either.
Your digestive system has two primary functions: First, to break down food and absorb its nutrients – nutrients that feed your body and your immune cells. Second, to protect your immunity from the thousands of bacteria and viruses on our food and in our air.
When you breathe, your nasal and throat mucus trap these potential pathogens, then send them down your gut every time you swallow. Because so many potentially harmful substances can come through the digestive system, your gut holds 70% of your immune cells through lymphatic tissue.
This lets your immune system quickly destroy potential pathogens before they can make you sick.
Your all-important gut also houses signaling pathways to your immune system. This helps your immune system know when to jump into action.
For all of these reasons, the healthier your digestion, the healthier your immune system.
An effective way to maintain healthy digestion is by taking a complete probiotic formula that affects the entire length of your large and small intestines.
Probiotics help strengthen your immune system by:
• Reducing excessive inflammation associated with chronic disease
• Preventing toxins from leaking into your bloodstream and damaging organs
• Helping immune cells recognize harmless vs. dangerous antigens to regulate response
Research keeps mounting showing a vitamin D deficiency may lead to some autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis, irritable bowel syndrome, type 1 diabetes. It’s no coincidence that nearly all patients with major diseases from cancer to Alzheimer’s are vitamin D deficient.
One of the best sources for vitamin D is sunlight. But these days, most of us spend all of our time indoors. Not surprisingly, most of us are vitamin D deficient.
Researchers suggest supplementing with vitamin D to help prevent illness and to help your body recover from illness.
These suggestions provide the basics for boosting your immune system. But if you’re stressed, are over 50, have a current health condition, or are genetically prone to one, we suggest you review our Energy + Immune Strength formula. It’s expertly formulated to restore, revitalize, and reinforce your immune functions – including those lost by normal aging.
Ok, let’s look at the second root cause of premature aging and disease…
The forgotten link to immune health
Most of us think our digestive system’s main job is breaking down and absorbing foods. This feeds our cells and produces energy to keep them – and us – running.
But as you learned in the immune system section above, your digestive system is also responsible for supporting your immune system.
It does this by destroying potentially harmful substances your body absorbs through breathing, touching something infected, eating, kissing, and so on.
Our entire digestive system is made up of a complex series of organs starting at the mouth and ending with the anus.
“The digestive system is key to everything,” says Elizabeth Lipski, PhD, a clinical nutritionist and author of Digestive Wellness: How to Strengthen the Immune System and Prevent Disease Through Healthy Digestion. “If it’s compromised for any reason, we can’t get nutrients in or waste out, and nothing works right.”
It’s no coincidence the bulk of your digestive tract lies in the center of your body. It’s nature’s way of reminding us where our core health truly originates – at our core.
Unfortunately, many of us have a compromised digestive system that grows miserably weaker in our 40s and beyond. It’s not because you did anything wrong, a weak digestion is almost an unavoidable consequence of modern life because you unknowingly harm your digestion every time…
• You drink chlorinated or fluoridated water,
• You drink coffee, or excessive alcohol
• You take medications (e.g., antibiotics, birth-control, blood pressure pills, steroids such as prednisone)
• You feel stressed
• You get a parasite or other infection
• You eat conventional foods grown with pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, or insecticides
• You eat processed, fatty, or fried foods
• You eat foods with artificial sweeteners
After years of this, our digestive systems can’t keep up with the beating. That’s when you start feeling these common – and some surprising – symptoms of a weak digestion not realizing they could be early warning signs of chronic disease.
When most of us think about a weak digestion, we think of common stomach issues like the ones listed below. Many people have these symptoms and try to “live with it” without realizing these are signs their digestive system is losing its fight to protect their body from chronic disease. Early warning signs include:
• Feeling uncomfortably full after eating – even after small meals
• Bloating, belching, or gas
• Indigestion, diarrhea, or constipation
• Feeling tired or sleepy after a meal
• Rectal itching or burning
• Greasy stools
• Chronic intestinal or yeast infections
• Acid reflux or heartburn
• Celiac disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Leaky Gut
More frightening are the following symptoms that many don’t realize are directly linked to a weak digestion. And as your digestion continues weakening, your condition could worsen, or you develop more health issues.
If you have any of these symptoms, you need to get your gut back in balance:
• High cholesterol
• Rosacea, eczema, adult acne, and other skin irritations
• Ear, sinus, and respiratory infections
• Skin that bruises easily
• Hormonal imbalances
• Gallbladder problems
• Weak or cracked finger nails
• Autoimmune diseases (e.g., asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, Chron’s disease)
• Red little capillaries in the cheeks and nose (when not drinking alcohol)
• Iron deficiency
• Depression or mood swings
• Sugar cravings
• Infrequent or no menstruation (when premenopausal)
• Low energy levels
• Chemical sensitivities such as when perfumes trigger headaches
• Tendency to catch colds and flus easily
• Liver diseases (e.g., cirrhosis, cancer)
• Chronic athletes foot or other fungal infections
• Inflammatory conditions such as aching joints
Our digestive system holds the key to being and feeling healthy. It houses an estimated 80% of our immune cells. And 90% of the mood-influencing brain chemical serotonin originates there.
As Dr. Lipski states, “about 4 pounds of bacteria, which, when in balance, make B-complex vitamins and vitamin K, protect us from infection, help combat toxins and keep us healthy.”
Basically, your gut houses most of the genes that tell your body how to function.
That’s why if your digestion weakens, your health suffers…
As you may know, your gut holds a sensitive balance of good and bad bacteria. The good bacteria keeps you healthy and keeps the bad bacteria from taking over, making you sick. When your digestion weakens, it can’t break down and absorb foods properly.
In turn, the undigested foods sit in your intestines, festering and rotting in your gut. This becomes a breeding ground for dangerous bacteria and toxins.
Before long, the bad bacteria overtakes your system, allowing toxins and other pathogens to leak into your bloodstream, infecting other organs.
In response, your immune system works overtime trying to keep up with the onslaught. This can create widespread inflammation and wear down your immune system faster . This, as you learned earlier, can increase your risk of chronic disease.
As your immune system wears down, it also produces fewer cells…
One of these important immune cells is Immunoglobulin A (IgA). Low levels of IgA can lead to food allergies and make your airways highly sensitive, making you more prone to bronchitis and other lung infections.
What’s more, your weakened digestion also starts killing off intestinal cells too.
Depending on which cells die off, other parts of your digestion weaken further, which continues the spiraling cycle down towards ill health.
For example, if you lose too many lactase-producing cells, you’ll be¬come lactose intolerant. If you lose cells that produce a hormone called Insulin-like Growth Factor (IGF), it can have a negative impact on blood sugar.
As scientists discover more about the gut-brain connection, they’re learning stress and emotions can affect the digestive system. And this can contribute to mood and attention issues.
Our main protection is our gut bacteria
Some bacteria strains are good for you, these are known as probiotics. Some are harmful. And some are neutral. No matter how healthy we are, we all have a combination of the three, co-existing in delicate balance.
When you’re healthy, the good bacteria (probiotics) dominate your gut like a police force keeping the bad guys in check so they don’t have a chance to make you sick.
In fact, probiotics are so important, studies in the National Library of Medicine show a healthy digestion can help nearly 200 different diseases.
But as you learned earlier, modern life is always killing off our good bacteria…
This allows the bad strains to dominate your gut. Doctors call this condition dysbiosis (pronounced dis-bye-oh-sys). As the harmful strains take over, your digestion weakens.
As your digestion weakens, the harmful bacteria multiply faster, spreading unchecked and causing immense chaos in your system.
To start, bad bacteria prevents food from breaking down and absorbing properly. This harms your health in two ways:
1. Your cells are starved from the nutrients they need to run properly. This could weaken your immune system, making you susceptible to disease. And it could cause premature aging as your cells aren’t able to repair and reproduce efficiently.
2. The undigested foods sit in your intestines and rot. Essentially, your intestines become a festering garbage dump breeding more dangerous bacteria, yeast and toxins.
Before long, the bad bacteria wears down the intestinal lining, allowing toxins and other pathogens (germs) to escape into your bloodstream instead of keeping it contained in your intestines for later removal. Doctors call this Leaky Gut Syndrome.
Once your immune system detects these pathogens running amok in your bloodstream, it sends out inflammatory cells to hunt down and destroy the pathogens before they damage other tissues and organs. Trouble is…
This can create chronic inflammation,
which throws the door wide open for disease.
As toxins continue leaking into your bloodstream, your immune system sends out so many inflammatory signals, it can become overwhelmed and short circuit. Meaning, once the pro-inflammatory cells kill off the threat, they don’t shut off like they’re designed. Instead, the pro-inflammatory cells go rogue, attacking healthy tissue.
This leads to the chronic inflammation researchers prove causes nearly all age-related diseases.
For instance, if the inflammation circulates around your heart, it may lead to cardiovascular disease. If the inflammation circulates around your eyes, it may cause macular degeneration. If the inflammation circulates in your brain, you’re at risk of Alzheimer’s, and so on.
Knowing this, it’s even more imperative to strengthen a weak digestion to prevent this deadly, inflammation cycle.
Unfortunately, inflammation isn’t your only threat. Your weakened digestion is also…
Wearing down your immune system faster,
leading to premature aging and more disease.
Another problem of widespread inflammation is it keeps your immune systems on red alert as it busily sends out inflammatory responses. This wears down your immune system faster than normal. As it wears down, it produces fewer immune cells.
There’s no doubt it’s very dangerous to let your digestion weaken. Or hide symptoms behind antacids, purple pills, laxatives, and other bandaid fixes.
These temporary remedies may ease your symptoms slightly at first, but they’re not addressing the root cause of your digestive issues. In the meantime, toxins and inflammation quietly spread through your body, damaging tissues and organs. Until one day, you wake up with a chronic disease.
Most digestive systems can be strengthened by doing one or more of the following:
• Taking quality probiotics
• Eliminating sensitive foods
Let’s look at each of these in a bit more detail…
It’s estimated the average person houses over 400 hundred species of beneficial gut bacteria. This bacteria resides in the entire length of you gastrointestinal (GI) tract, where the further down the intestines, the more complex and plentiful they are.
Probiotics are the beneficial bacteria that help digest food, neutralize toxins, produce vitamins and short chain fatty acids. These fatty acids are the primary fuel source for intestinal cells – keeping your intestinal lining alive and strong.
But these good bacteria are sensitive to your environment. Your exposure to toxins such as insecticides from foods, chemical cleaners, an unbalanced diet, drinking chlorinated water, medication, and other lifestyle choices all destroy the good bacteria throughout your GI tract. It’s no wonder that nearly everyone needs digestive support.
Probiotics also help regulate the signaling pathways to your immune system, which helps keep your immune system balanced. This helps train immune cells to respond and react to the appropriate antigens. In turn, this keeps inflammation down and increases the immune cell IgA. In short, probiotics play a critical role in preventing allergies, inflammation, and illness.
But taking probiotics is just one step towards a healthy gut. To get the most from the good bacteria in your gut, and to maximize supplemental probiotics, you must help them thrive by…
Feeding your good bacteria
We’ve all got to eat to stay alive – even your beneficial bacteria. That’s why it’s important your probiotic formula includes a reputable prebiotic.
Prebiotics feed your existing good bacteria, encouraging the natural population to thrive and dominate over the bad guys. This helps you maintain healthy probiotic levels for a strong digestion and immune system, as you move through the day to day stressors of modern life.
How to choose a good probiotic formula
• Remains shelf stable in room temperature for at least 2 years
• Includes a reputable prebiotic
• It should survive the journey through your stomach acids and make it to your intestines
• It should have a combination of lactobacilli and bifido bacteria strains to affect both your large and small intestines
• It should have at least 10 billion CFUs (colony forming units). Your gut holds about one trillion CFUs, so your supplement needs to be plentiful to be effective
• The CFUs are alive and potent when you take it – not when they manufacture it
• It has at least 7 different strains. The more strains, the better chances of it working since all of us have a different combination in our gut.
• Derived from human strains.
• All strains (species) used meet the Food and Drug Administration’s GRAS standards (Generally Recognized as Safe).
Digestive enzymes are secreted early in our GI tract to start breaking down the large chunks of food we swallow. As we age, we produce fewer enzymes, which may be why some of the foods we used to eat without problem, cause us problems today. Problems like gas, bloat, or diarrhea.
For general support, choose an enzyme formula that includes enzymes to digest dairy, protein, fats, fibers, and carbohydrates.
Sometimes, it’s obvious when you’re sensitive or intolerant of certain foods such as gluten or dairy. The abdominal cramping and diarrhea they trigger makes it easy to identify the cause. But some foods create less obvious reactions.
When you’re sensitive to certain foods, it can cause itchy skin, brain fog, a congested nose, migraine headaches, tiredness, or dark circles under the eyes.
To test potential food sensitivities, keep a food diary for one week. Record everything you eat and note how your body feels afterwards. Sometimes, symptoms appear soon after eating. Others may take up to 12 hours before they show up.
Once you identify a culprit, eliminate it for one to two weeks. Then gradually include it back into your diet twice a day to test it. If the symptoms show up again, you’ll know to avoid that food.
If you have digestion issues now, don’t let it get worse with bandaid approaches or “living with it.” The consequences are too dangerous. For complete small and large intestine support, our Prebiotic + Probiotic Restore formula strengthens and sustains a healthy digestion by:
• Keeping your existing good bacteria alive
• Replenishing the right combination of good bacteria throughout your small and large intesttines
• Feeding the good bacteria to keep them plentiful and strong
Let’s take a look at Root Cause #3…
When a helpful process turns deadly
Our body creates inflammation to protect us from damaged cells, pathogens (germs), and irritants. For example, when you get a small cut, catch a cold, or jam a finger, your immune system recognizes your body’s being threatened.
In response, it sends out the appropriate immune cells and chemicals to destroy and remove the threats, then it promotes healing.
During this process, you experience the familiar signs we associate with inflammation: bruising, swelling, heat, redness, or pain.
But when most of us hear about inflammation, we’re told it’s something to avoid. This brings up the question:
Is inflammation good or bad?
When it works smoothly, inflammation is a good and necessary process. Because without inflammation, wounds and infections would have a very difficult time healing, which could lead to worse problems. And without inflammation, damaged cells would continue spreading, causing widespread destruction to your body.
But inflammation becomes a threat when your body’s not in balanced health. That’s when it’s easy for your inflammatory response to go haywire, causing a nearly unlimited number of diseases.
Our bodies create inflammation to protect us from damaged cells, pathogens (germs), and irritants. For example, when you get a small cut, catch a cold, or jam a finger, your immune system registers your body’s being threatened.
It leaps into action, sending out the appropriate immune cells and chemicals to:
1. Destroy the threats
2. Remove the threats
3. Promote healing
This is called the inflammatory response.
After the threat’s gone, the cells give an all clear signal, turns off the inflammatory response, then everything goes back to normal.
That’s when everything’s working as it should.
But when things go haywire, this life-saving process can turn on us. That’s…
When inflammation turns deadly
As you saw from the examples above, the inflammatory response gets set off by a trigger or threat. Triggers used to be predictable like an infection or injury. But life isn’t that simple anymore.
The conveniences and lifestyle of our modern, western world bombards us with more inflammatory triggers than our bodies can handle.
Here’s a partial list:
1. A convenience diet – Processed foods, refined sugar, simple carbs, and refined grains. Simple sugars and starches elevate insulin levels. This triggers inflammation.
2. High omega-6 fatty acids intake – This comes from popular processed oils like vegetable, safflower, canola, corn oil, or margarine. Omega-6 sets off inflammatory precursors, which encourage your system to over-react to normal stimuli.
3. Smoking (or Inhaling other people’s smoke) – Smoking creates free radicals that lead to atherosclerosis. Free radicals also create more inflammation, which increases plaque formation in arteries.
4. Not enough or Too much exercise – Just as lack of exercise promotes low-grade inflammation, over-exercising increases inflammation too. Because you’re in a chronic state of inflammation when your tissues don’t properly rest and recover.
5. Feeling stressed or Lacking sleep – Both situations release the hormone cortisol, which releases inflammatory cytokines (chemical messengers). The longer you’re under stress or get fewer than 8 hours of sleep each night, the more inflammation you create.
6. Being overweight – Fat cells release cytokines. Excess fat cells create a constant, low grade inflammation throughout the body.
7. Pesticides, insecticides, and other chemical toxins – Use of household cleaners, chemicals in personal care products, many perfumes, chemicals in the foods we eat, and so on are all inflammatory triggers. Our bodies see them as foreign substances that threaten our cellular health.
8. Weak digestion – Constipation, chronic diarrhea, acid reflux, bloating, gas, and other symptoms of a weak digestion show your gut is overrun by bad bacteria. This bad bacteria, as in other infections, increases inflammation.
As you can see, we’re constantly subjecting our bodies to inflammatory triggers. And remember, this is just a partial list.
Before long, the triggers overload your system. Then your inflammatory responses go haywire trying to keep up. So instead of shutting off once each threat’s gone, your body stays in red alert mode, sending out army after army of immune cells programmed to attack.
These excess immune cells get confused and roam your body attacking healthy cells.
Wherever the attacks occur is where you develop the health issue. If the excess immune cells circulate in your joints, you get arthritis. If they circulate in your pancreas, you develop diabetes. If they land in your gums, you have periodontal disease (gingivitis). If they move in your blood vessel linings, you develop atherosclerosis. And so on.
This explains why…
Inflammation and disease go hand in hand
Inflammation is such a concern for medical researchers that at the time we wrote this, 387,510 studies were written on inflammation as it relates to disease. And more are published regularly.
Modern medicine realizes inflammation isn’t an “old person’s problem” anymore. Inflammation is a life-threatening epidemic that starts damaging cells from the moment we’re born.
This is one reason why you see cancer, arthritis, fibromyalgia and other diseases so often in children now, when it was considered an age-related disease a generation ago.
One of the main indicators of inflammation is the marker called C-reactive protein (CRP). The liver produces this protein during an inflammatory response. Researchers verified the link between inflammation and disease by consistently finding CRP is higher in people with every known age-related disease including:
Heart disease – An eight-year study involving 27, 939 women found inflammation showed a higher risk of heart disease than LDL (“bad”) cholesterol. Patients with higher CRP levels were four times more likely to suffer a heart attack or stroke, even when their LDL cholesterol was low.[i]
Cognitive decline – From brain fog, to dementia, to Alzheimer’s all levels of cognitive decline are pointing to inflammation. One of the most attention-grabbing studies was performed by the Mayo Clinic. Researchers gathered 1,883 people ages 70-89 categorized as having anywhere from normal cognition to dementia. The study showed a significant association between higher CRP levels to higher cognitive impairment. In fact, every Alzheimer’s patient had higher CRP levels than those with dementia.[ii]
Malignant tumors – Leading researchers from Yale, Stanford and Harvard say inflammation encourages defective cells to clump and grow. Studies show inflammation increases blood vessel permeability and blood flow.[iii] They believe this contributes to all three levels of cancer: tumor initiation, proliferation, and progression.[iv]
Macular degeneration – Age-related macular degeneration (ARMD) is the leading cause of legal blindness in people 55 and older, and it affects nearly 10 million adults in the U.S. People with ARMD have higher levels of CRP than those with healthy eyes.[v]
Inflammation threatens both how WELL we live,
and how LONG we live…
It’s bad enough inflammation leads to nearly every known degenerative and chronic disease. The problem is, inflammation doesn’t stop at just one disease. It continues damaging and killing off cells to create other health issues, which ages our bodies faster.
As was found in a UC San Francisco study following 3,049 diabetic patients for 10 years. Researchers found those with diabetes suffered greater cognitive decline than those without diabetes.[vi]
There’s no doubt inflammation is a dangerous epidemic. But that doesn’t mean we’re defenseless.
Because research shows the right nutrients can stamp out existing inflammation, protect against future damage, and reset your inflammatory response so it reacts normally again.
Diet has a huge effect on inflammation. When you eat high-glycemic foods, such as sugar, white bread, and processed cereals, it causes insulin levels to spike. Prolonged high insulin levels can damage tissue. Damaged tissues signal your body to increase inflammation.
Saturated fats and partially hydrogenated oils increase production of pro-inflammatory cytokines, a hormone made up of fatty acids. And most omega-6 fats—found in safflower, sesame, sunflower, corn, and some other vegetable oils—also promote inflammation.
In addition to natural anti-inflammatory nutrients and botanicals, the following also help keep inflammation in control:
A good fat to eat more of is omega-3 fatty acids because they signal inflammation to shut off after it’s no longer needed. Plus, when you add a supplement of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), it’s shown to reduce inflammation and joint pain, while boosting the anti-inflammatory effect of omega-3 fats.
Increasing antioxidants through supplementation and eating fresh fruits and vegetables help calm inflammation. Antioxidants neutralize the free radicals that damage your cells, and helps your cells release waste, repair, regulate enzymes, and increases production of immune-boosting T-cells. Antioxidants help your body regain control over excessive inflammation by strengthening cell functions, so they can return your body back into a healthy balance.
Watch your weight
Fat cells produce inflammatory proteins called cytokines. We all need cytokines to maintain healthy levels of inflammation for daily protection against germs and trauma. But excess weight overloads your body with cytokines. Especially if you’re carrying extra weight around your abdomen. For some reason, fat cells around the belly produce the most cytokines.
Most of us are so stressed every day, we don’t realize how much stress we really bear. But studies show stress kills. Stress is linked to killing brain cells, increasing plaque buildup in arteries (atherosclerosis), mutating cells, weakening the immune system, and the list goes on.
Stress also triggers cortisol production, the hormone that triggers more inflammation. So it’s best to adopt stress reducing habits such as meditation, regular exercise such as light walking or yoga, and anything else that helps significantly reduce stress levels. Including ridding some of the stressors themselves.
No matter how healthy we try to live, modern life is constantly triggering more inflammation in our bodies than most of us can battle. For lasting health, and to repair current issues, you must get inflammation under control. Our Anti-inflammatory + Antioxidant formula contains the leading, advanced ingredients for extinguishing raging inflammation, and keeping it under tight control so it serves you rather than harms you.
Let’s take a look at the last root cause of premature aging and disease…
When cells attack each other
Every time we breathe, it burns the fuel in our cells and turns it into energy. In turn, the energy runs our cells to create the millions of chemical reactions needed to be alive. This mixing of oxygen and fuel to create energy is called oxidation.
During the oxidative process, it creates dangerous by products called free radicals. Free radicals are extremely dangerous because they’re like violent bullies tearing through playgrounds, beating up kids and stealing their lunches.
What makes free radicals so violent is they’re molecules missing an electron. Electrons come in pairs, so free radicals try to stabilize themselves by finding another electron. This sends them off on a rampage, attacking neighboring cells and stealing their electrons.
During the attack, they rip through a cell’s vital components causing extensive damage. Leaving behind a damaged cell that’s also unstable because now it’s missing an electron. So this newly unstable molecule now becomes a free radical and attacks neighboring cells in an attempt to stabilize.
And the process continues like a domino effect of cellular terror.
This sounds awful, but in a healthy person, free radicals remain relatively controlled because the antioxidants we consume through fruits and vegetables are full of extra electrons. So the antioxidants travel your body donating electrons to any molecule that needs it. This stabilizes free radicals before they go off on their terror spree, and ends any current attacks.
What’s more, the antioxidants provide nutrients helping damaged cells repair themselves. When the cells are too damaged to repair, the nutrients trigger a safe process called apoptosis or cellular suicide. This keeps your system free of mutated cells that may cause other harm.
So when does oxidative stress become a problem?
Much like inflammation, health issues surface when your body becomes overrun by free radicals and can’t keep up with the damage it’s causing. This unbalanced burden is called oxidative stress.
Why you have more oxidative stress than you think
In essence, just living a modern, western life creates more free radicals than our bodies can fight off:
• Air pollution – Car exhaust, smog, and other toxic fumes
• Smoking – Or inhaling second-hand smoke
• Radiation – From the sun, sun lamps, medical x-rays, etc.
• Environmental pollutants – Pesticides, petrochemicals, asbestos, and other chemicals
• Household chemicals – Found in cleaners, personal care products, room deodorizers, and so on
• Alcohol – Any amount of alcoholic beverage creates free radicals
• Cured meats – Nitrates and other chemicals in cured meats
• Food chemicals – Preservatives, artificial colorings and flavorings
• Medications – Some pharmaceuticals, chemotherapy, radiation therapy
• Stress – Both emotional and physical, such as over-exercising or injury
• Inflammation – Causes oxidized cells to rupture and spread more damage
With our bodies constantly barraged by free radicals, it’s easy to see
To see how oxidative stress breaks down our bodies, grab an apple and cut it in half. Leave it out on your counter with the cut side exposed. In a few minutes, you’ll start seeing it brown in some spots, then spread throughout the surface and darken. That’s oxidation.
And it explains how we age.
Aging is a slow progression of oxidative stress. But the foods we eat, the stress we feel, to the household cleaners we use…all speed up this aging process.
For an idea of how much this speeds up aging, take that cut apple and place it out in the sun next to a busy road where the sun beats down on the apple and cars spew their toxic fumes on it all day long.
It won’t take long before that apple shrivels, turns black, and rots down to its core. That’s what’s happening to our bodies now.
But nature didn’t leave us in a lurch. Otherwise, mankind wouldn’t have existed this long.
Nature counters this free radical process by providing antioxidants in our fruits and vegetables.“Anti” means against, so these nutrients help us fight against free radicals or oxidants.
Antioxidants are loaded with electrons and have plenty to share. When you eat antioxidant-rich foods, the electrons roam your bloodstream donating electrons to unstable cells. This neutralizes free radicals before they can do any damage. And it stops existing damage, so cells can repair.
For extra protection, our bodies also produce two powerful antioxidant enzymes called catalase and superoxide dismutase (SOD).
These antioxidants act as our body’s first line of defense, gobbling up free radicals before they can bully any neighboring cells.
Your health starts decaying when your body becomes overrun by free radicals
and can’t keep up with the destruction they’re causing.
That’s when we suffer from oxidative stress, which is very dangerous because oxidative stress is linked to most chronic and degenerative diseases. Much like how inflammation damages where it lands, whichever part of your body receives the most free radical damage determines which illness or disease manifests.
For instance, smoking produces an enormous amount of free radicals in the lungs. That’s why smokers are more likely to get asthma, COPD, or lung cancer.
Unfortunately, even healthy people need to worry about oxidative stress. Because it’s estimated free radicals attack your cells every 10 seconds. That’s…
600 quadrillion attacks (600 with 15 zeroes after it)
a day terrorizing your body and brain!
As if all those attacks aren’t enough, we also produce more free radicals as we age. Do you remember our first line of defense, catalase and SOD? We produce less as we age.
Between more free radicals and fewer defenses, we’re frighteningly vulnerable.
Eating more fruits and vegetables isn’t enough either. Modern farming produces beautiful-looking produce, but most contain half the nutrients they had back in our grandparent’s day. And they’re so full of pesticides and insecticides, they often add to your oxidative stress load.
While we still encourage you to eat as many fruits and vegetables as you can, you simply can’t eat enough to provide the protection you need – not when your cells endure 600 quadrillion attacks a day.
Especially at risk are areas in your body
that use a large amount of oxygen or contain lipids
…such as your brain.
Free radicals are more destructive to the brain than other organs in the body because the brain uses 20% of the body’s oxygen and contains trillions of lipid molecules.
Just like how researchers link inflammation to nearly every known disease, recent studies confirm oxidative stress is linked to over 80 degenerative illnesses including Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, depression, diabetes, osteoporosis, liver disease, emphysema, and more.
Recently, researchers found oxidative stress is a culprit in:
Alzheimer’s –When inflammation develops in the brain, it generates high levels of free radicals that help create more of the amyloid plaques associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Then the free radicals generate more inflammation, which in turn creates more free radicals and consequently, more amyloid plaques. This kills neurons faster and quickens the spread of the disease.
Heart disease – New studies show cholesterol isn’t an indicator or heart disease risk – it’s oxidation and inflammation. Here’s why:
• Free radicals oxidize LDL (“bad”) cholesterol
• Oxidized LDL is very reactive and attacks muscle cells in artery walls
• The body responds to these attacks by sending out inflammation
• This triggers a series of reactions leading to atherosclerotic plaque
• This starts the free radical/inflammation cycle over again, building up more plaques
• Plaques break off, leading to heart attacks and strokes
Arthritis–Oxidative stress ages the cartilage faster and increases inflammation, which also spreads cell damage faster. Comparisons showed unhealthy joints had only half the antioxidants in them as healthy joints.
Cancer–Numerous studies show oxidative stress affects a cell’s DNA to initiate and progress every stage of cancer:
• Cancer cell initiation
• Tumor growth
• Tumor spread
• Resistance to chemotherapy
Just like inflammation, too many refined carbohydrates, sugars, and not enough antioxidant-rich foods all increase oxidative stress. Processed, fried, and foods with chemicals like preservatives also increase oxidative stress.
Anti means “against” so antioxidants means “against oxidation.” So taking supplements and eating foods concentrated with antioxidants will help you repair damage from oxidative stress. It also ensures you have enough antioxidants available at all times to neutralize free radicals before they can cause harm.
When you sense danger, be it emotional, physical, or mental, your body automatically activates
the stress response by shooting out hormones, reducing neurotransmitters, and a host of other biochemical reactions.
But most of us are under so much stress these days, our bodies are almost always in stress response mode. This increases free radical damage, lowers our immune system, increases inflammation, and decreases vitamins like A, B, C and E that help us manage stress. So that tightening of your jaw or feeling of overwhelm can be shortening your life.
To prevent premature aging and chronic disease, it’s critical to have regular exercise, and do whatever is necessary to reduce the stress and increase the joy in your life.
Live Gracefully’s Anti-inflammatory + Antioxidant formula is extremely advanced in how it protects against inflammation and oxidative stress attacks from multiple paths. By doing so, it breaks up the deadly inflammation/oxidative stress cycle. By stopping this cycle, you stop the destruction that leads to premature aging, and nearly every known degenerative and chronic disease.
However you decide to repair and protect yourself, remember…
At first, it may seem like a lost cause trying to overcome the oxidative stress, inflammation, digestion and immune issues rampant in modern life. Especially since you learned how each one accelerates the damage caused by the other.
But you CAN overcome this and live a healthy, long life free of pain and disease. Because your body is naturally designed to repair itself.
Live Gracefully’s co-active formulas are created to help your body return to its natural state: Health.
Our formulas don’t force your body to do anything, which makes your body dependent. Instead, they provide the right nutrients, in just the right amount. So your body receives the tools it needs to do what it knows how to do.
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