Boost Immune Function
Why it matters
The immune system is synonymous with the lymphatic system, which is a vital and amazingly complex network that runs throughout the body.
Lymphatic vessels (which are similar to blood vessels) connect small glands called lymph nodes to the organs associated with the immune system.
Instead of blood, lymph vessels circulate lymph (which contains white blood cells and lymphocytes — the cells that attack bacteria), proteins and fats. This nurtures the lymph nodes that make immune cells.
Besides the lymphatic system, other components of the immune system include the blood, thymus, bone marrow, spleen, lungs, liver and gastrointestinal (GI) tract. The cellular level of the immune system includes lymphocytes, T-cells, helper cells, natural killer (NK) cytotoxic T-cells, suppressor T-cells, memory T-cells, B-cells, phagocytes, granulocytes, plasma cells, immunoglobulins, monocytes, red blood cells, platelets and dendritic cells.
All in all the immune system is really quite incredible but at the same time vulnerable. It’s always under attack and when something compromises it, its ability to fight illness or medical challenges weakens or vanishes entirely.
Besides the lymphatic system, other components of the immune system include the blood, thymus, bone marrow, spleen, lungs, liver and gastrointestinal (GI) tract.
The cellular level of the immune system includes lymphocytes, T-cells, helper cells, natural killer (NK) cytotoxic T-cells, suppressor T-cells, memory T-cells, B-cells, phagocytes, granulocytes, plasma cells, immunoglobulins, monocytes, red blood cells, platelets and dendritic cells.
On a cellular level the filtering and removal of waste products, foreign materials and pathogens declines, causing impaired functioning everywhere.
Toxins and fluid builds up in the tissue, nutrient absorption in the small intestines becomes inefficient, thymic function wanes causing a decrease in immune cell production and immune function.
The gastrointestinal tract’s ability to mount immunologic defenses slips, the organs responsible for producing the blood cells, immunoglobulins, lymphocytes, and antibodies don’t work optimally.
Unchallenged free radicals, toxins and other pathogens have the upper hand and can cause a variety of health problems.
Certain immune responders can become permanently damaged if the imbalance goes on long enough. Such damage opens the door to chronic mange, long-term health problems and possibly cancer.
Immune support is important to your dog right now, but where do you start to fix it?
What to do about it
Ultimately the immune system depends on cells. Cellular integrity is the heart of healthy immune function but as you can see, your dog’s cellular integrity is under heavy fire.
Pathogenic free radicals collect in cell membranes in staggering numbers. They attack by damaging the cell membrane, causing the cell to eventually fall apart and die. An ideal plan for overall immune support focuses on intense cellular support.
Go heavy with antioxidant-rich supplements. There are many types of antioxidants and all of them are specialists that target and destroy specific types of pathogens.
The process of antioxidant molecules taking out free radical molecules is a sacrificial one where the antioxidant dies too. Essentially antioxidants are one-hit-wonders with a lot of enemies. Powerful immune support requires heavy doses of a variety of different antioxidants.
The silver lining to keep the good guys ahead is that many antioxidants have other helpful properties as well.
4-Whet Pet Health and other immune function boosting supplements are available at our online store.
4-Whey Pet Health Builder
Wild Salmon Oil for Dogs – Mange Balanced
NK-9 (AHCC Immune System Support) – medicinal mushroom based
Grapefruit Seed Extract
Or choose from our Immune System Bundles below.
Each kit includes key elements needed to improve your dog’s immune health:
Includes 3 immune boosting products selected for Digestive Support and Overall Immune Support.
Includes 6 immune boosting products selected for Digestive Support, Yeast Reduction and Overall Immune Support.
Includes 9 immune boosting products selected for Digestive Support, Yeast Reduction, Overall Immune Support and System Detox.