Can You Really Boost Your Immune System?

Posted by Bridgette Clare (she/her), Nutritionist, RHN on

Boost your immune system!!!! (with an intentionally excessive amount of !), they say. 

What does that really mean?  What are you boosting? And why are you boosting it? 


While a focus on immune support isn’t new, it’s a sought after hot topic after our worldwide community was affected by the covid 19 pandemic. Making many of us realize we need to be healthy to withstand illness. 


Some
predictions say that the winter of 2021 and 2022  may bring a strong flu season, so a focus on immune health is key. 

Today we’re breaking down what it means to boost something, how that relates to immunity, and what you can do to support your immune system.

First, let’s define the word “boost”. Common definitions include: 

  1. To boost is to help or encourage something to increase or improve.
  2. To push from below; assist.
  3. To steal, especially by shoplifting or pickpocketing.

 

Can you help or encourage your immune system function to improve?

Maybe, but more so, what you’re doing is supporting it to function correctly. If it “improves” too much, that can lead to overactive immune reactions. 


Can you assist your immune system?
 

Yes, you can assist your immune system to function correctly. But from below? That doesn’t make a lot of sense. 


Can you steal from your immune system?

Many experts attribute a lack of sleep, insufficient exercise, or poor nutrition to depleting your immune system. But that’s not the proper context, so this definition is out. 


While “boost” works to some extent and is easy to say and understand, it’s not the most accurate language. What you’re doing is
supporting your overall health and wellness, especially in cold and flu season. 

"You actually don't want your immune system to be stronger; you want it to be balanced."

Dr. Suzanne Cassel, an immunologist at Cedars-Sinai.

 

Instead of boosting immunity, what you want to do is focus on immune system support to help bring the body, including the immune system, into balance for optimal functioning. 

Look for herbs, foods, and supplements that can activate key immune cells and immune responses that maintain your body's health and wellness. 

 

What is Your Immune System? 

Your immune system isn’t just one thing. It’s just as it sounds, a system, a  complex network of cells, molecules, tissues, and organs working together.  And is composed of two parts: 

Maybe she’s born with it; maybe it’s Innate Immune. These are the immune system functions we were born with. 

I work hard, I grind till I own it;  Adaptive Immune. These are the immune system functions we develop over time through exposure. 

An immune response is triggered, and a cascade of functions is mobilized when a foreign substance enters the body. 

 

How Do We Support the Function of the Immune System? 

While there’s no one food, supplement, or herb that will assist your immune system from below (the definition of “boost” really doesn't fit, does it?), you can support your body’s processes with clinically tested and traditionally used, herbal medicines. 

If combining traditional medicine with proven clinical evidence sounds good to you, it’s time to learn more about elderberry. 

Elderberry is a herbal remedy to treat cold and flu symptoms. 

But just like blackberries from your yard compared to blackberries from the side of the highway, not all elderberries are created equal. 

Bring in ElderCraft®. The gold standard in Elderberry extract, with its long-standing history, and clinical testing, ElderCraft is the only elderberry clinically proven to reduce cold and flu symptoms.

 

ElderCraft® is harvested in southeast Austria and follows a fully controlled European supply chain, with sustainable handling practices at the top of mind throughout the entire process from growth to production. 

What Are The Key Benefits?

🔅 Used in Herbal Medicine to help relieve symptoms of colds and flu (such as coughs, sore throat). 

🔅 Helps reduce the incidence of upper respiratory tract infection (URTI) symptoms by supporting immune function.

🔅 Clinically proven to reduce cold and flu symptoms.

🔅 A source of antioxidants. Elderberry is rich in anthocyanins which are antioxidants that bind to viruses and block their receptors.

 

But Wait… There’s More.

If you’re starting to think about or have already booked some travel and are feeling concerned about cold and flu exposure, this study may interest you. 

Airplane passengers who participated in this trial reported fewer cold episodes and fewer cold symptoms than passengers given a placebo.

Learn more about Eldercraft, including information on clinical trials, whitepapers, sustainability, and processing methods here

Made with 200mg of 7% standardized extract of European Black Elderberry Eldercraft (Elderberry Fruit Extract), Natreve Immune Strength dietary supplement helps maintain and support healthy immune function. 

 

Try Blueberry Pomegranate Immune Strength today!