In this world in which we are inundated daily by stress and pathogens, it’s useful to think of our body as a castle. The walls of the castle – our skin, bone and connective tissue – keep things out – our mucosal membranes, genital urinary tract and eyes function like a moat. Inside our body is an army of cells, millions of loyal soldiers maintaining the fortress and multitasking as a self-defense system made up of archers, sentries, intelligence agents, communicators and armed guards.
With daily attacks from toxins and pathogens, imagine how taxing it is for the protectors of our castle to keep our immune system strong and active. An underactive immune system makes us more vulnerable to become sick and recovery time can take much longer than had we started from a strong base. On the other hand, if our immune system is overactive, we can be left subject to allergies and it can potentially trigger an autoimmune response. As in the castle analogy, an optimal immune system is a balanced one.
In order to keep our defenses strong, it’s become more important than ever to support our immune system. That base always starts with balanced nutrition and hydration as well as positive lifestyle strategies to reduce the impacts of chronic stress. Prolonged stress, even at a low-grade level, weakens our immune response. Incorporating a few routines into our lives, including diaphragmatic breathing or belly breathing can create a more calming environment in our body and break that on-going “fight or flight: stress response that triggers our sympathetic nervous system and helps train the body to activate the “rest and digest” parasympathetic nervous system.
Another way we can strengthen our defenses is through supplementation, including the use of medicinal mushrooms. That’s where PURICA medicinal mushrooms shine. Many medicinal mushrooms have been used in eastern cultures for thousands of years. They have proven to be powerful allies in the fight against stress by working as immunomodulators; substances that bring balance or calm and activate the immune system, as needed. Medicinal mushrooms also share the remarkable qualities of adaptogens, which protect our bodies from stress. They literally help our cells adapt to stressors.
Each mushroom has been its unique characteristic. If you’re low on energy, Cordyceps is a good fit. If it’s focus that you are looking for, Lion’s Mane has been associated with optimal cognitive and nerve function. If it’s stress that’s weighing you down, Red Reishi may help you bridge that gap by helping balance the system with its innate ability to calm the mind and encourage restful sleep.
If you are looking for 360 degrees of optimal health, PURICA Complete 360 is a natural winner! It is a synergistic formulation of eight medicinal mushrooms — agaricus, cordyceps, coriolus, red reishi, maitake, shiitake, chaga and lion’s mane — along with the ayurvedic herb ashwaganda to provide comprehensive immune support. Like all PURICA mushroom formulations, PURICA Complete 360 has the advantage of micronization for better absorption.
Using PURICA Complete 360 – or other PURICA immunity formulations such as Immune 7 and Prevent — can strengthen the walls in our castle to optimize our immunity. Like anything, the best approach is an integrative one of positive lifestyle choices, healthy balanced diet and using supplementation to bridge the gap.