Autoimmune Disorders: Why is Your Immune System Attacking Itself?

Your immune system works hard 24 hours per day defending you from infections caused by foreign invaders such as bacteria, viruses and fungi.

A functioning immune system can recognise foreign bodies from self. However, sometimes the immune system goes awry and starts attacking itself, causing autoimmune disorders.

Some examples of overactive or autoimmune dysfunction are:
Lupus (considered a classic autoimmune disease)
Multiple Sclerosis
Autoimmune Hepatitis
Inflammatory bowel disease
Rheumatoid arthritis
Myasthenia gravis
There are over 80 variants of auto-immune disorders.

What happens when your defence fails and instead attacks you?
We never think that our immune system can cause self-harm. We tend to believe that like the soldiers that defend our country, our immune system is loyal.
However, in auto-immune disorders, the faulty immune system fails to recognise ‘self’ cells. Believing them to be “enemy cells”, the immune system mounts an attack against its own cells.  There is no organ excluded from potential attack.

What causes auto-immune disorders?
Autoimmunity can be caused by defects in almost any part of the immune process. For years, physicians have noticed that autoimmune diseases frequently follow bacterial or viral infections. Immunologists believe that microbial attack may be one of the key environmental factors that trigger autoimmune disease. Events can arise from infections if the immune system does not eliminate the invading organism quickly and efficiently.

T suppressor cells are thought to be responsible for distinguishing between “self” and foreign tissue and thus prevent autoimmunity. T suppressor cells are supposed to turn off the attack when the invader has been defeated. With virtually all types of autoimmune disorders, there is reduced numbers and activity of T suppressor cells. Thus the attack continues and is misdirected against one’s own cells.

In the case of auto-immune diseases, the immune system is in an overstimulated state – in the attack mode but the attack is directed at self. In a properly functioning immune system, the immune system should have returned to a calm balanced state once the invading foreign body had been defeated.  Balance is so important!

Important Cytokine messenger molecules direct your immune response
Cytokines are cell signalling or messenger molecules that aid cell to cell communication and stimulate the movement of cells towards sites of inflammation, infection and trauma.

They direct the appropriate immune response – attack the invaders by turning on T helper cells, and stop the attack with T suppressor cells. The appropriate cytokines are needed to issue the correct message to the immune cells so they can coordinate and react appropriately.

Unfortunately, cytokines are depleted every day when we are exposed to factors like the “PITSS” (Poor Nutrition, Infection, Toxins, Sleep deprivation and Stress.) Depleted cytokines mean that your body’s cell to cell communication is damaged and “soldier” cells start to “misfire” at their own cells. It is therefore imperative to replenish cytokines to ensure good cell communication.

Your immune system needs to be balanced
Your Immune system should not be deficient or underactive, unable to cope with invading organisms. Nor should it be overactive or overstimulated such that it starts to direct its attack on itself.

When foreign substances such as bacteria invade, an all-out attack should be mounted by your immune system. Once the attack is over, your immune system needs to return to a calm and balanced state.

How does Santivia Immune balance your Immune system?
Santivia Immune helps to up-regulate or boost your immune system when it needs to strongly defend against an attacking organism. And very importantly, it also helps to down-regulate back to a calm balanced state when the attack is over.  It does this by replenishing depleted important communication molecules to ensure good immune cell communication.

Why is Santivia Immune better than many other supplements?
There are other immune supplements such as echinacea, cordyceps and plant-based supplements. However, these are stimulants. They can only up-regulate or stimulate your immune system upwards in one direction. They are not advised for people with auto-immune disorders. Continuous over usage of these can actually cause auto-immune disorders.

Santivia Immune is safe to use daily and continuously. In fact, this is what is recommended to keep your immune system in tip-top condition. Plant-based supplements do not contain Cytokines and have no effect on immune cell communication.

Santivia Immune replaces lost Immune System communication molecules and contains more than 60 important immune communication peptides and other molecules occurring in natural balance. The importance of these immune communication/information molecules is the subject of hundreds of published, peer-reviewed studies.
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