Why you should balance your immune system – not boost it – and how to do it…
There has been a lot of talk out there – especially over the past year – about “boosting your immune system,” but some experts contend that what we should really be doing is balancing our immune systems. While you may think that revving up your immune system is a good thing, in fact, there is such as thing as “too much” of a good thing, and in some cases, an overactive immune system can lead to serious health problems.
What you really want your immune system to do is respond appropriately to a threat – not too much, and not too little. An overstimulated immune system can especially pose problems for those with autoimmune conditions, so those with these issues should be careful with supplements like echinacea, which could cause an inappropriate inflammatory response.
Besides the dangers of overreaction, too much activity can actually tire out your immune system, leaving you vulnerable to attack by pathogens while your system recovers.
Instead of giving your immune system “a boost,” this article suggests that instead, you support your body to keep your systems in balance, and train your body to respond optimally to any threat it may face.
What you want to do is take a holistic approach, and to do this, you’ll need to understand the different parts of your immune system and how they work together:
- Natural killer (NK) cells, which mobilize when your body detects infectious microbes or cancer cells
- Helper T cells, which send instructions to B cells and killer T cells
- Killer T cells, which kill off any of your cells that have been infected by an invading pathogen
- B cells, which produce targeted antibodies to fight specific invaders (a common cold antibody, for example)
- Cytokines, which end the signals that activate immune responses and inflammation
The key to a proper immune response involves activating the right cells at the right time and shutting them down once the threat has been neutralized… If the immune system is out of balance, that carefully coordinated response can go off the rails.
Balancing the immune system, on the other hand, delivers the protection you want. When you take steps to keep your immune system in balance, it effectively:
- Strengthens your defenses.
- “Trains” your defensive immune cells to respond properly.
- Neutralizes pathogens.
- Controls inflammation.
- Prevents attacks on your own tissues and organs.
- Stops dangerous overreactions—like cytokine storms—before they start.
A well-balanced immune system keeps you healthy and vital. So if you’re not feeling your best, at least on most days, your immune system may be letting you know that it needs help.
But what can you actually do to help balance your immune system for optimal function?
Here are 5 natural ways to keep your immune system in balance and provide healthy support:
1. Forest Bathing: While it might sound like you’d need to go skinny-dipping in a woodland lake, forest bathing really refers to immersing yourself in a natural green setting. Studies show that spending time in green spaces—like a forest or meadow—helps balance and improve immune function.
2. Yoga: The ancient practice of yoga combines physical postures, focused breathing techniques, and mindfulness to deliver a variety of health benefits. Studies show that yoga helps reduce inflammation and improve immune function, especially with consistent long-term practice.
3. Meditation: Meditation enhances your awareness and your ability to remain clear, calm, and focused in your life, while enriching your health and wellness. Clinical trials show that meditation helps reduce inflammation, improve cellular immunity, and support antibody response to infectious microbes.
4. Modified Citrus Pectin (MCP): The researched form of MCP (ecoNugenics Pecta-Sol C) supports balanced immune function in several critical ways:
5. Tibetan Herbal Formula: For generations, Eastern traditional medicine has made use of a classical Tibetan herbal formula to treat a wide variety of health conditions and support overall wellness. This antioxidant-rich formula (ecoNugenics PADMA Basic) is backed by more than 30 published clinical trials. It reduces inflammation, balances immune function, and supports the body’s ability to fight off infections. Studies show this blend can: