July 14, 2013 by Dr. David Jockers
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Sun. July 14, 2013 by Dr. David Jockers
(NaturalHealth365) Are you interested in naturally eliminating digestive problems? If so, then let’s look at ways to boost your immune system by balancing secretory IgA – which protects you from infections.
Every mucosal membrane surface such as the eyes, nose, throat and intestinal system represent a large portal of entry for pathogenic bacteria, viruses and yeasts. The body’s immune system utilizes a combination attack through innate mechanisms and acquired adaptations.
The innate immune response includes mucus formation, lactoferrin, lysozymes and cytokinetic inflammatory activity. The acquired system produces anti-bodies with the primary mucosal antibody being secretory IgA.
This antibody response is one of the most critical component to protecting the body against parasitic dominance.
Secretory IgA is the secreted form of an antibody in the blood called IgA. IgA is produced in the blood, taken into the gut, secreted across the mucosal lining into that mucous layer that is the surface lining of our digestive tract. It is the mucosal immune barrier or first line immune defense.
SIgA lies within the mucosal membrane of the entire digestive tract as well as our lungs, sinuses, eyes, urethra and vagina. It plays a significant role in neutralizing various pathogens like viruses, Candida, bacteria, protozoa and hemoliths.
The health problems associated with low SIgA levels
When SIgA is elevated it indicates an acute immune reaction within the gut. This could indicate an acute bacterial or parasitic infection. When s IgA is low it indicates an overall deficiency of this immune chemical. When this is low on a stool test the individual will also express food allergens, have elevated Candida yeast and have dysbiosis or abnormal bacterial balance in their gut.
Individuals with chronic gut problems, IBS, Candida, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and autism typically have low SIgA. This is a sign of chronic stress in the body that has drained the immune system and the adrenals. Chronic infections, environmental toxins, poor lifestyle could all be the major causes behind this.
How to naturally balance your SIgA levels
The first step to increase (or decrease) SIgA naturally is to use an anti-inflammatory diet. The most common food allergens include all grains, pasteurized dairy, soy products, eggs, nuts and high-sugar fruits. Utilizing intermittent fasting strategies and going 18-20 hours of fasting with only clean water, herbal teas, organic broths and light fermented beverages each day is highly recommended.
An advanced bone broth fast with organic, grass-fed beef bones and loads of garlic and onions can be extremely effective at helping the gut to reseal and boost SIgA levels. This should be a 10-14 day fast if the levels are severely low and 3-7 day if they are more moderate.
It is important to provide the gut and the immune system with the key nutrients they need such as vitamin C, zinc, selenium, glutamine, choline, glycine, glutathione and essential fatty acids among other things. A whole food based multi-vitamin without any filling agents such as magnesium stearate is very helpful.
Using non-denatured whey protein from grass-fed cows will boost glutamine and glutathione levels and is easily absorbed into the body. It is highly recommended if the individual can tolerate it. If they have allergenic reactions to whey than use a hypoallergenic protein powder made up of sprouted hemp and pea protein.
Great ways to naturally raise your SIgA levels
There are a few things that boost Secretory IgA levels naturally. Colostrum is an immunoglobulin blast that is secreted from mom’s breast in the early stages of breast feeding. Colostrum is loaded with antibodies that stimulate SIgA levels. Fermented dairy from 100% grass-fed cows is loaded with acidophilus, bacillus and saccharomyces boulardii species of probiotics that all help to stimulate S IgA levels.
Beta Glucans are polysaccharide fibers that are considered biological response modifiers because of their ability to activate the immune system. They help boost the production of SIgA. These are found in the highest concentration in different types of mushrooms such as reishi, shiitake and maitake. Cayenne pepper also has the ability to stimulate B-lymphocytes into manufacturing more SIgA.
How can I naturally lower SIgA?
Elevated SIgA is a sign of an acute infection and the immune system is running on high. Using an anti-inflammatory diet that includes the bone broth fast described above is especially helpful. One can also take systemic enzymes and high dose probiotics to help modulate the immune system. Essential fats from a high quality fish oil and grass-fed meat products are extremely critical as well.
Fermented vegetables load the body up with enzymes, probiotics, organic acids and highly bioavailable nutrients that raise SIgA levels. Other herbs such as turmeric, basil, oregano, garlic and thyme are especially helpful. Fermented herbal botanicals, apple cider vinegar, coconut kefir and kombucha should be used as well.
How long does it take to boost SIgA?
Secretory IgA is generally an indication of the immune system in the gut which is our first line immune defense and it is called the mucosal barrier. When the gut is damaged and leaky it causes chronic stress and poor healing. The faster the chronic stressors are removed the faster the individual will get well. The average period is a good four to six month process for complete healing to take place.
In some cases, it may even take years to finally get SIgA levels up to normal.
The variable in all accounts is the individuals’ unique healing process. Many individuals have a severe leaky gut and are loaded with Candida, viral infections, worms and other parasites and also have heavy metals and industrial toxins as well as physical stressors such as poor posture and breathing habits. These individuals are challenging because they must correct each of these imbalances. The longer each of these challenges persists it will contribute to the formation of other stressors and keep the adrenals weak and tired.
The faster we can get the gut healed and restored and use a ketogenic style, anti-inflammatory diet that is loaded with fermented foods the faster the body will be able to detoxify and restore healthy function to the gut, liver and adrenals.
Please note: Intermittent water fasting is one of the best strategies for boosting our healing potential.
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About the author: Dr. David Jockers owns and operates Exodus Health Center in Kennesaw, Ga. He is a Maximized Living doctor. His expertise is in weight loss, customized nutrition & exercise, & structural corrective chiropractic care. For more information – visit: DrJockers.com. Dr. Jockers is also available for long distance phone consultations to help you beat disease and reach your health goals.