Tuesday, September 22, 2020

How to Lower Stress Levels with Improved Immune

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Stress can affect the immune system in several ways such as reduced neutrophil activity. Or decreased cytotoxic T-lymphocytes and natural killer cell activities (NK Cells) too.

Bad intestinal flora can weak our immune system as well. Our immune system is a very important “control center” of stress. In case of too much stress (or/and low stress resistance), we can be sure that our immune system is down.

The hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis is the middle point of stress. Ours immune system watches & guides this axis. It is our own protecting wall (guard wall) against viruses, bacteria and parasites and any other enemy that our body may assault. We will talk about possible nutraceuticals, vitamins for powering the immune system in our life. We will discuss also about potassium and the B-vitamin biotin and effects to stress.

Mushrooms — one possible option to stress indications

I recommend for people with short/long term stress mushroom extract.

Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum): It is also known as Ling Zhi in china. Reishi is the oldest mushroom which is used as medicine. It belongs traditionally to Japan & China and it was discovered over 2.000 years ago. All natural substances such as polysaccharides i.a. arabinogalactan, triterpeniods and amino acids have positive effects for our healthy. Reishi is known as immune modulator (it regulates and fine tunes the immune system). I recommend the Reishi to treatment of some allergies, high blood pressure, bronchitis, asthma, heart-stress. As ACE-inhibitor, without any side effects too.

Coriolus (Coriolus versicolor): this mushroom helps to boost the immune system. Standardized coriolus contains a concentration of polysaccharides including beta-1,3, beta-1,4 and beta-1,6 glucans. Over 400 clinical studies show the amazing effects of Coriolus versicolor on the immune system. I recommend Coriolus for natural immune-stress support. It prevents some infections and cancer (reducing side effects by chemo-medical drugs).

ABM (Agaricus Blazei Murill): It has important immunological effects for us. The ABM mushroom was tested at the Tokyo University National Center, Center Laboratory and the Tokyo College of Pharmacy. This mushroom contains effective vital substances such as polysaccharides both beta-1,3 glucan and beta-1,6 glucan, ribonucleic acid protein compounds, lectin, etc. It enhances the activity of macrophage and this significantly activates our immune system.

Cordyceps sinensis: it is a powerful life enhancing tonic and helps stimulate the immune system. Cordyceps is a good support in acute stress situation. Learn more to positive effects of Cordyceps in my article “A highly Stress Resistance is Better for your Life”.

Prebiotic Intestinal Support for better Stress-Balance

Inulin stands for fructooligosaccharide derived from chicory root and other natural sources of inulin. Inulin helps to maintain a healthy intestinal mucous membrane. It has a strengthening effect on the intestinal barrier and a reduction in potentially pathogenic bacteria in our intestinal system. Fructooligosaccharide taste is comparable to sugar and has a beneficial effect on the immune system. I recommend inulin powder as daily dietary supplement in case of short term (acute) and long term stress (chronic). I recommend (two or three pinch/knife point) inulin to yoghurt, fruit shakes/smoothies, sweet pancake or ideal for fruit salad.

Power for Immune System & Intestinal Flora by North American Larch

Arabinogalactan is a fiber found in high concentrations in north american larch trees. Research conducted at the University of Minnesota revelated that Arabinogalactan stimulated immune cells with a higher intensity than Echinacea plant. Arabinogalactan (also known as “healthy sugar”) is a water-soluble polysaccharide to support generally immune system function and the immune-stress-balance. It also maintains the micro flora healthy-balance in the GI-tract too. It promotes the growth of probiotic bacteria such as lactobacilli & bifid bacteria in the intestines, which are important for GI-tract health. I recommend a dietary supplement of arabinogalactan standardized to f.e. 85 % or 98 % arabinogalactan from larch. Arabinogalactan is for me an ideal option in treatment of chronic (short term) stress. I recommend this in combination with vitamin B2 (50 mg to 100 mg/day) and lycopene (at least 10 mg/day).

Spices that Help Improve Immune System

  • Thyme
  • Origano
  • Ginger
  • Curcuma
  • Lemon balm
  • Cats claw tea
  • Pau d`arco tea
  • Rasona (Garlic/Allium sativum)
  • Dried mushroom shiitake (are traditionally added to miso soup)
  • Dried mushroom ABM (f.e. combination with beaten rice)
  • Dried mushroom maitake (f.e. combination with beaten rice or vegetable)

Mango — a Package of Potassium & other Anti-Stress Nutritions

The Mango is a natural package of vitamins, minerals and all these components have anti-oxidant effects. Mango, also known as “the king of fruits” is an ideal source of Provitamin A from type beta carotene and alpha-carotene & beta-cryptoxanthin. It is rich of potassium (190 mg/100 g fruit) and contains vitamin C (immune healthy). In mango fruits also are vitamin B2 (for more stress resistance) and some important minerals and trace elements such as magnesium, calcium, iron, manganese, copper and zinc.

Mango Ice Cream (ideal to acute/short term stress)

  • 1 to 2 cups soya milk or soya yoghurt (lactose free)
  • 1 ripe mango
  • 4 pinch Inulin powder (if you will, it is a good support for intestine flora)
  • 1 tsp. Soya protein powder (or hydrolysed whey protein powder or rice protein powder)
  • Sweetener as Steviosid, when you will
  • Some very little soya milk

Mix 2 cups soya milk and 1 tsp. soya protein powder together.

Cut the fresh mango in fine dices lay on a tray and freeze it up for 5-6 hours. Put frozen mango cold-soya mix, Inulin powder, natural sweetener into a power mixer and mix altogether (stop & go). Add very little soya-milk when mixture is not enough creamy or too thick.

Mango Ice Cream (ideal to chronic/long term stress)

  • 1 to 2 cups rice milk (lactose free)
  • 1 ripe mango (or more)
  • 4 pinch Inulin powder (if you will, it is a good support for intestine flora)
  • Sweetener as Steviosid, when you will
  • Some very little rice milk

Cut the fresh mango in fine dices lay on a tray and freeze it up for 5-6 hours. Put frozen mango cold-rice milk, Inulin powder, natural sweetener into a power mixer and mix altogether (stop & go). Add very little rice milk when mixture is not enough creamy or too thick.

Mango and his Benefits for you

  • For healthy mucous membranes (Provitamin A, Vitamin C)
  • Increases production of protein (good for acute stress)
  • Nature sugar/carbohydrate (good for chronic stress)
  • Immune support
  • Contains good potassium

Some Possible Symptoms of Potassium Deficiency

  • Chronic-fatigue syndrome (maybe more under stress)
  • odema
  • Headaches (maybe more under stress)
  • Heart hurry (maybe more under stress)
  • Abnormal heart rhythms (maybe more under stress too)
  • Hypertension (maybe more under stress)
  • Sleep problem (maybe more under stress)
  • Intestinal pain
  • Muscles weakness (maybe more under stress)
  • Water retention

What are possible Benefits for your daily Life

  • Regulates electrolyte-water balance
  • Helps to regulate blood pressure (under stress too)
  • Helps regulate heart function (under stress too)
  • Helps control headaches and migraines
  • Helps to ensure the proper functioning of cells

Vitamin A and his Power on the Immune System

Retinol stands for vitamin A, that is a fat-soluble substance. Vitamin A (Retinol) and his Provitamin A (Beta carotene) have many benefits and important functions in our body such as vision, skin and production of red blood cells. Vitamin A makes antibodies more responsive to various kinds of infections, increases the rate at which macrophages engulf and destroy bacteria and stimulates Natural Killer (NK) cells.

Vitamin A/Beta Carotene & other Benefits for us

  • Important for the effects of iron and zinc
  • Helps you to form and maintain healthy looking mucous membranes
  • Good for skin & hair
  • Helps you to prevent some eyesight related problems
  • May protect inflammation

The best source of Vitamin A & Beta Carotene

  • Vitamin A (Retinol): f.e. butter, cheese, eggs, milk products, fish.
  • Provitamin A (Beta Carotene): f.e. mango, papaya, apricot (dried fruit too), dark green vegetables, carrots, broccoli, spinach, sweet potato.

Biotin helps in manufacturing other Anti-Stress nutrients

Biotin is a water-soluble vitamin and is sometimes known as vitamin H or vitamin B7. Biotin has vital metabolic functions and plays a role in energy metabolism. This vitamin f.e. is needed for the metabolism of the branched-chain amino acids. Branched-chain amino acids stands for L-leucine, L-isoleucine and L-valine.

The best source of biotin is to find in i.a. nutritional yeast, avocado, bread, chapati (flat wheat bread), broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, legumes, mung dal. Biotin also helps in manufacturing vitamins B5 and B12.

Too much Omega-6 may suppresses the Immune System

Fat acids are important for many metabolism processes in the body. But our most daily food tends to consume more omega-6 than omega-3. Too much omega-6 and not enough omega-3 can cause inflammatory-related diseases/symptoms. This body-reaction may have negative effect on the immune system and that is bad for stress-balance. But in small amounts omega-6 is good to health.

How Different Medical Drugs Can Cause Biotin, Vitamin A & Potassium Deficiency

  • Biotin, Potassium, Provitamin A: Tincture (an alcoholic extract e.g. of leafes or other plant/root material)
  • Possible Alternative to Medical drug: plant powder, capsules, liquid (without alcohol) or dry extracts.
  • Biotin, Vitamin A/Provitamin A, Potassium: Aluminium-containing antacids (to treat too much stomach acidity).
  • Possible Alternative to Medical drug: f.e. licorice (DGL-form), complex of zinc and l-carnosine or the mushroom Hericium erinceus. Licorice DGL also is to treat of acute stress.
  • Biotin: Chloramphenicol (broad-spectrum antibiotic drug).
  • Possible Alternative to Medical drug: f.e. the best is for me origano oil.
  • Biotin, Potassium, Provitamin A: Barbiturate, f.e. phenobarbital (drugs that act as on central nervous system).
  • Possible Alternative to Medical drug: f.e. passion flower extract or some amino acids and vitamin B12 (the best as Methylcobalamine or adenosylcobalamine). Or the dietary supplement inositol too. It has a effect such as valium, without side effects.
  • Provitamin A: clofibrate is a lipid lowering agent (treatment of high cholesterol).
  • Possible Alternative to Medical drug: f.e. dietary supplement policosanol (the best is from standardised extract of sugar cane or from rice). Generally dosage to day is 5 to 10 mg/day.
  • Biotin, Potassium: thiazide-like diuretic (diuretic drug). The best is a B-complex to take.
  • Possible Alternative to Medical drug: f.e. the mushroom polyporus umbellatus.
  • Biotin, Provitamin A: Antibiotic drugs.
  • Possible Alternative to Medical drug: f.e. the best is for me origano oil.
  • Potassium: Adrenocorticotropic hormone, also known as ACTH (is a stress hormone).
  • Possible Alternative to Medical drug: some dietary supplements for acute or chronic stress form.
  • Potassium: Carbutamid is an anti-diabetic drug.
  • Possible Alternative to Medical drug: for diabetes (type 2) is the dietary supplement number one chromium GTF or chromium as picolinate. The mushroom coprinus comatus is for type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
  • Potassium: Diazoxid is a vasodilator (to treat of hypertension & diabetes). This medical drug may high potassium level in the body. That is bad for the magnesium level.
  • Potassium: Triamteren is a diuretic drug (to treat of hypertension & edema). This medical drug may high potassium level in the body. That is bad for the magnesium level.
  • Potassium: Phenylbutazon is a NSAID (treatment of chronic pain, including the symptoms of arthritis).
  • Possible Alternative to Medical drug: f.e. olibanum (from India) has effect as NSAID.
  • Potassium: Probenecid is a uricosuric drug (treatment of gout, hyperuricemia).
  • Possible Alternative to Medical drug: f.e. amino acid L-glycin as dietary supplement and or the shiitake mushroom.
  • Potassium, Biotin, Provitamin A: corticoids (also known as steroid hormone).
  • Possible Alternative to Medical drug: f.e. standardised plant extract from dulcamarae stipites. It has effects such as corticoids.
  • Vitamin A as Retinol, Provitamin A, biotin: neomycin (is an amino glycoside antibiotics, that is i.a. found in tropical medications creams, eye drop).
  • Potassium: Biotin: Narcotic drugs.
  • Potassium: Carbenoxolon is a synthetic derivate of glycyrrhizinic acid (treatment of oesophageal ulceration and inflammation).

References:

  1. Investigating the role of perceived stress on bacterial flora activity and salivary Cortisol secretion: A possible mechanism underlying susceptibility to illness, Biological Psychology, Volume 77, Issue 2, February 2008, Pages 132-137.
  2. Food Composition and Nutrition Tables, Souci, Fachmann, Kraut, medpharm Scientific Publishers.
  3. Sugar That Heal, by Emil I. Mondoa, M.D. & Mindy Kitei, Random House Publishing Group.
Emily Murdoch
Hi I write about health and fitness for women! You may contact me at emily@cleanseplan.com
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