The Power House Called the Immune System
Without the immune system we die! However it causes a lot of health
problems when it is not working properly.
The immune systemís job is to protect us from and eliminate external
pathogens (bacteria, viruses, yeast, parasites, and allergens) and
internal pathogens (cancer cells, toxins, metabolic waste, and
Approximately 70% of the immune system is surrounding the GI tract,
leaving very little to protect the skin, respiratory tract, and all
other tissues. An unhealthy GI tract leads to an overloaded stressed
immune system that can lose its ability to respond properly when
When it over responds we see allergies (hives, heaves-COPD),
autoimmune diseases, and/or inflamed tissues (laminitis, sore
muscles & joints). When the immune system is fatigued and canít
respond, the horse is more prone to all types of infections.
Products that stimulate the immune system are not always beneficial
and may be more harmful in some cases. Decreasing immune system
stress by healing the GI tract while supporting the immune system
and balancing its response is always good. Vaccinating horses with
immune problems and over vaccinating can lead to more problems, so
be careful and be aware.
"Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food."
Hippocrates, 400 B.C.
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