Happy Defence is your immune system’s best friend. It is formulated with a combination of herbs, medicinal mushrooms, probiotics and nutrients that support your immune system so it is able to function optimally. A healthy functioning immune system is crucial to overall health and wellbeing as it protects us against the multitude of pathogens we face on a daily basis.
The immune system and its importance for overall health
Our immune system is an intricate network of lymphoid tissue and organs, cells, humeral factors and chemical messengers. Our ability to recover from and withstand disease is largely due to how well our immune system is functioning.
Without us being aware of what it does and how it protects us, our immune system functions optimally when our body is in good health and able to maintain homeostasis. The immune system is a fluid system that is in constant work to protect us from the outside world.
When we are exposed to pathogens, bacteria, viruses, or parasites, our first line of defence will be there to fight it off. This consists of our skin and mucous membranes which form a barrier that separates the internal environment from the external environment, preventing pathogens from entering the body.
The gut microbiota play a large role in how we experience immune dysregulation and the spreading of inflammation in the body. Therefore it is of large interest to support the mucus membranes of the digestive tract and the population of our beneficial bacterial community within the gut. Our daily diet and lifestyle greatly impacts our immune health via the digestive system and specific nutrients such as zinc, collagen, prebiotic fibre and probiotics are needed to promote healing of the skin barrier and mucous membranes.
In cases where bacteria or other invaders break through this barrier and our first line of defence isn’t enough, we have a second line of defence ready to protect us–the inflammatory response. The immune system then sends out specific chemicals that isolate the pathogens, as well as immune cells and inflammatory mediators that dilate blood vessels. This encourages and activates specific cells and other chemicals to be released into the area to fight off the invader.
We also have a third line of defence which is known as specific immunity. It is composed of the B lymphocytes and T lymphocytes, better known as B cells and T cells. These particular immune cells respond to specific pathogens in the body and kick in when the first and second lines of defence are not able to fight or recognise the pathogen.
As we can see, our immune system is a complex network that is constantly working to maintain homeostasis and health of the body tissues and organs. To maintain a healthy and well-functioning immune system, we aim to support both the immune pathways and inflammatory pathways by utilizing herbal medicines, probiotics and nutrients.
What’s in our Happy Defence?
Happy Defence combines a unique blend of Astragalus with Olive leaf, Reishi mushroom and Echinacea root. Astragalus is a popular herb used in treating the diarrhea, fatigue, anorexia, and the common cold for more than two centuries now while Olive leaf is loaded with anti-viral properties that help with immune modulation and blood pressure regulation.
Reishi mushroom influences white blood cell function to lower inflammation and enhance immune support within the body. Echinacea, on the other hand, is traditionally used in Western herbal medicine to relieve the severity of common cold symptoms and supports the immune system in maintaining health.
Happy Defence also includes the innovative immune probiotic Bifidobacterium lactis Bl-04, which helps reduce the occurrence of symptoms of upper respiratory tract infections in healthy individuals. The formula is completed by Zinc and Vitamin D which are both essential immune-building nutrients.
How often should you take HD?
Happy Defence can be taken on a daily basis to provide additional support for your immune system. It is a perfect inclusion in your regimen throughout flu season and is great in protecting you from seasonal allergies. When traveling or feeling run down from the stressors you experience in your everyday life, Happy Defence–together with Happy Calm–will be your best companions!