Eucalyptus: A Natural Pain Reliever

Eucalyptus: A Natural Pain Reliever

Eucalyptus For Pain

why it works & how to use it

Dr. Warner here –

Why am I passionate about using eucalyptus as a powerful pain reliever?

The reason is simple – I love Koalas!  

Just kidding. Although Koala bears do eat a lot of eucalyptus, that is not why I view this wonderful plant as a successful tool in the treatment and healing of  part of connective tissue disorders. 

Let’s look at eucalyptus and why it can be a staple in natural pain relief.

Eucalpytus In the Wild

 

Just about ¾ of the vegetation of Australia is a species of eucalyptus. There are over 650 types, actually, and almost all of these are exclusive to Australia. The Aborigines have been known to eat the roots or seeds of some of these species. Another great use of the roots is as a water source during droughts.  

For me however, it is the volatile oils of the leaves that really makes sense for medicinal and wellness purposes. Applied directly to the skin, eucalyptus oil has been used for thousands of years to heal wounds and cure fungal infections. Breathing the vapors through aromatherapy helps to clear sinuses when a head cold has taken over. 

Sadly, fires involving eucalyptus forests are almost impossible to extinguish. This is due to the chemical nature of the fire; the plant produces so much oil that it becomes almost a giant grease fire. The oils are actually volatile essential oils and as such become gas which is flammable in large amounts. Because Eucalyptus is also invasive, it will choke out other less hazardous plants.  

Since the commercial distillation of the leaves became common practice, much research has been completed on this wonderful plant’s chemical properties. Click here to read more about herbal medicine safety concerns – and what you should consider before starting a natural therapy regimen.

Turns out that eucalyptus indeed has strong anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. When properly distilled and rubbed onto an area of pain, the eucalyptus will provide relief from pain and tension. This is perfect for headaches, muscle aches, and tendon, ligament, and skin problems. 

Eucalyptus In Medicine

how it was discovered

In 1856 the first eucalyptus plants made it to the USA and were planted in California. There is an abundance of eucalyptus in South America now as well. 

In 1870, F.S. Cloez identified the main medicinal component of this plant, thus discovering eucalyptol. About a decade later, surgeons like me (but all men!) began to employ eucalyptol as an antiseptic. That denotes the absolute power of this herbal remedy to eliminate bacteria and fungus from the skin. 

The commercialization of this herbal remedy started with the British Empire, of course. The British have a very strong tradition of using herbal medicine and easily incorporated different plants and methods from around the world into their formulas. 

Eucalyptol is simply another medicinal product produced in mass quantities to relieve common human ailments. In this case, Halls developed Mentho-Lyptus cough drops. Now that name makes sense, right? The combination of menthol (derived of mint) and eucalyptol (derived of eucalyptus) made a simple and effective treatment of the common cold.

Uses For Eucalyptus

and how eucalyptus oil is extracted

The leaves of this plant form a film; this film is white and will rub off the leaf when it is touched. Leaves can be up to a foot long. The essential oils developed in the leaves act as a natural defense mechanism for the plant itself. The oils protect plants from insects and bacteria. Leaves should be harvested before flowering. Today, there are large farms with these trees that are pruned regularly for mass oil production. 

The volatile oil of the type cineole, called eucalyptol, is the predominant method of healing for this plant. This acts as an expectorant for us in Western Medicine. 

In countries that easily blend herbal and western medicine (like we do in my clinic), it is used for many reasons. In Germany, it is actually an approved therapy for bronchitis. The volatile component of the plant will change the nature of human lung secretions and make them easier to remove. Cilia, or small hairs, line the lung and air passages and will actually physically move the mucus from the deep lung to an area that can allow coughing evacuation. 

For asthmatics, eucalyptus is very helpful too. In one study, a group of asthmatics using eucalyptol were able to reduce their dosages of steroids; this was found in a study that compared that group to a placebo (fake medicine) group. 

Eucalyptus is an awesome antiseptic. It combats the bacteria and viruses that cause upper respiratory infections.   

 

Today we do not recommend the ingestion of eucalyptus. Although ancient peoples have and still do eat some of the parts of the plant, for us the ingestions can be harmful. There have been reports of nausea and vomiting, low blood pressure, increased heart rate and even breathing problems if the herb is taken orally.

This begs the question of how do Koala bears stand it? 

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I believe in the power of plant-based remedies and natural methods of healing, and I decided to blend this with the effectiveness of traditional western medicine in my Well Theory products.

Use Well Theory as your source for more methods of relieving pain for connective tissue disorders today.

Signing off,

Meredith Warner, MD

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation

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Vitamin C & Immune Function

Hi, I’m Dr. Warner here –

I am the founder of the Well Theory. Let’s discuss immune function, immunity, and vitamin C, which was one of the key components in my multivitamin. My Immunity Boosting Multivitamin can be referred to as being pro-immunity – it aids in the processes of healing and boosts the function of the immune system.

 

Why is vitamin C so important? You’ve probably heard since childhood that vitamin C helps to fight colds and flu, and it will commonly be seen as an ingredient in medicines that come out every cold and flu season.

But why is it good for immunity?

vitamin c is pretty awesome

The more I learn about vitamin C, the more I’m just blown away by its immunity-boosting capabilities.

Vitamin C is an antioxidant and prevents infections. It’s essential in your diet – meaning you have to take it as the human body is unable to produce or synthesize it on its own.

If you already have a well-balanced diet that incorporates plenty of vitamin C, that’s ideal. Eating well can be difficult and takes time and planning, so many people – myself included – find that supplementation is necessary to get the essential vitamins and nutrients to improve immunity.

I recommend my multivitamin – which is packed with vitamin C – to my surgical patients to give them the best chance for fighting infections and healing quickly. My multivitamin has a daily dose of 1000mg of vitamin C.

The Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) and other regulatory bodies will tell you that you don’t need that much, but I have found this to be a good amount for people healing a wound or fighting off an infection in a state of oxidative stress. Vitamin C is water-soluble, and any amount that the body does not use is easily expelled through digestion.

While taking a multivitamin is a great step towards building your immunity, eating the right foods is the best way to absorb essential vitamins and minerals. Read our blog on 10 Immunity-Boosting Foods to find out what you should start including in your diet today!

why vitamin c is necessary

Vitamin C is mandatory for sustaining an effective immune response to infection. Most of us are vitamin C deficient as it is the fourth leading cause of nutrient deficiency in the United States. A normal virus would normally not cause more than a runny nose or watery eyes, but vitamin C deficiency can cause this virus to bloom into more serious, problematic conditions such as pneumonia.

This is especially important for respiratory infections which is why we see a lot of vitamin C products for the common cold. Vitamin C prevents the common cold, and it helps the body to fight it off faster. Without this prevention, the common cold can become a deeper, lower respiratory infection and become pneumonia.

who is at risk?

The elderly, institutionalized, or nursing home patients are especially at risk as they are immunosenescent – meaning their immune system is weakened. Many are malnutritional, ill, and are vitamin C deficient. When these individuals are supplemented with C at IV levels and high oral doses, they do better with respiratory infections. If you have an elderly relative in a nursing home, consider increasing their vitamin C dosages.

Vitamin C also protects our body from our own immune system. Neutrophils in the immune system attack and absorb pathogens by releasing toxins and proteins. These neutrophils are then eaten by macrophage cells to clean up these toxins. If the macrophages do not carry out this task, the toxins from the dead neutrophil will be released into the tissue causing a pro-inflammatory response that can damage the tissue.

vitamin c for immune health

What does vitamin C do? Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and electron promoter. It reduces oxidative damage and protects us from the toxicity that our own immune system produces to damage the pathogens. This means that vitamin C is a self-protective mechanism and makes the lymphocytes and the neutrophils within the immune system function better.

Vitamin C is important for mitochondrial energy production. This nutrient provides daily power to the cells so that they have properly functioning mitochondria.

It also regulates the cytokine release from immune cells. Immune cells release certain chemical messengers, like cytokines, that trigger inflammation, bring in the macrophages, and encourage the attack on pathogens. If you have too much of the wrong cytokine, you may experience excess inflammation, tissue damage, and toxicity. Also, if you have too much of the wrong kind of cytokine, you may not experience enough inflammation.

Vitamin C helps to regulate the number of cytokines based on the type and intensity of the infection. The body requires enough vitamin C in every cell, including in the immune cells and the entire system to regulate this.

vitamin c for chronic inflammation

If you are surrounded by heavy pollution, like we are in South Louisiana, you are exposed to higher levels of oxidative stress because your body is constantly fighting off heavy metals, pesticides, and air pollution. The body then produces reactive oxygen species that can cause chronic inflammation. This can be affected by excess weight, as well.

To fight this, the body will deplete what little vitamin C it has to stabilize the cell membranes and protect the cells from oxidative stress.

If you are in an area of high pollution or if you smoke, you have low vitamin C levels and are constantly under oxidative stress. If you have diabetes, are obese, or just stressed out in general, you are also under oxidative stress.

Your body will constantly seek vitamin C and other antioxidants to lower this oxidative stress. Any illness will require even more vitamin C to protect the immune system. This is why I believe that vitamin C supplementation is crucial to health, as well as why I chose 1000mg for my multivitamin. From regular, daily oxidative stress and general stress, we can all benefit from healthier skin and connective tissues, as well as less inflammation and a strengthened immune system.

Summary

Vitamin C causes the immune system to function and communicate better to optimally fight pathogens and infections. It stabilizes cell membranes and protects against oxidative damage. Remember – if you have an older relative, or if you or someone you know smokes, they should supplement with vitamin C. The body does not produce vitamin C naturally, so eating vitamin C-dense foods or supplementing is necessary to have the right amount in your system.
Vitamin C supplementation will give you a long-lasting, improved ability of both your innate and acquired immune system while also protecting you from oxidative damage. If you don’t eat enough oranges and cherries, Vitamin C supplementation is necessary to boost immune cell function and effectiveness.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation

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Boost Your Immune System

Healthy Strategies For Boosting Your Immune System

Dr. Meredith Warner, Orthopedic Surgeon & Natural Medicine Support, discusses what she is telling her patients to do.

During these times, we have to maintain our bodies and keep them strong.

Now more than ever, it’s important to strengthen your immune system to fight off viruses and keep your body healthy and protected. All of us at Well Theory are here to help.

The name of the game is to keep your stress under control so you can reduce your body’s inflammatory response. Inflammation is thought to be one of the leading causes of many different types of chronic conditions and diseases.

Secondly, ensure your body has the nutrients it needs to fight off illness. You should be getting most of these nutrients from your diet but if that is not the case, supplementation is going to be critical.

Our first Tip:

Supplementation with an immunity-boosting multivitamin

Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Meredith Warner formulated this multivitamin complex with essential vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and hemp to improve the health of your immune system. We use high-quality, key ingredients to keep you feeling your best from the inside out:

Full Spectrum Hemp Powder

Lowers chronic inflammation that can lead to autoimmune disorders

Magnesium Oxide

Alleviates muscle cramps, bone pain, and symptoms of anxiety and depression, as well as boosting nerve function and promoting better rest.

Vitamin C

A powerhouse ingredient for boosting immunity and improving tissue repair and healing.

Zinc Gluconate

Improves cell health and development and aids in the body’s ability to fight off bacteria and viruses.

Vitamin D3

Helps the body to absorb calcium, strengthens bones, and protects against chronic disease and respiratory issues.

Calcium Citrate

Promotes stronger bones and encourages healthy nerve function by balancing blood and calcium levels.

And often as we age, our appetites decrease. The best way to efficiently absorb nutrients is naturally, through our diets – but with less food intake, you receive fewer vitamins and minerals. This loss of appetite combined with slower bone replacement – which happens naturally as you age – make supplements that specifically support bone health essential for avoiding fractures and maintaining your quality of life.

Our Next Tip:

Stay strong at home

Stay on top of physical activity and overall wellness from the comfort of your own home! From arm exercises to yoga and cardio, there are plenty of ways to incorporate low and moderate intensity workouts into your day. Just 30 minutes of activity can go a long way in boosting your mood and your strength.

Here are 10 exercises that we’ve shared to improve your home workout.

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Don’t forget the benefits of sunshine! Go for a walk, soak up some sun, and enjoy some fresh air, and exercise. Follow this up with a hobby at home and plenty of rest.

Our Final Tip:

Tools for stress

A healthy mind and body can be cultivated with exercise and by nourishing the body. Pair our Immunity Boosting Multivitamin Complex with our Broad Spectrum CBD Oil Tincture, designed to provide you with the full benefits of hemp-derived CBD for stress reduction, improved joint health, and inflammation reduction.

Looking for healthy recipes to aid in strengthening your immune system? Make sure to check out The Herbal Kitchen for balanced nutrition backed by science.

From all of us at Well Theory – stay healthy, stay positive, and do something today that you enjoy for a life lived well.

A Life Lived Well

Beyond the medicines formulated for pain relief and overall wellness, Well Theory provides you with sources to craft a happy, balanced lifestyle. From a cooking show centered around healthy recipes to informative blogs and notes from Dr. Warner herself, Well Theory helps you take control of your life so that you can age vibrantly, alleviate pain naturally, and live well.

Dr. Warner believes that small steps can make a huge difference in how you live.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation

Surgeon Formulated
For Your Peace of Mind

Natural Ingredients + Cutting-Edge Medical Breakthroughs.

100% NATURAL PAIN RELIEF FOR PEOPLE WORLDWIDE
  • FDA-REGISTERED
  • PARABEN-FREE
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  • 100% NATURAL

Workouts To Do At Home

Workouts To Do At Home

10 Body-Sculpting Workouts

to do at home

Remember that strengthening the body with exercise and balanced nutrition is essential to strengthening your immune system! A strong immune system will help your body to fight off illness.

During this period of social distancing, it can be difficult to prioritize your health and exercise. We’re here to help by sharing 10 exercises that you can easily do to improve flexibility, build strength, and break a sweat at home for a thorough workout routine.

1. Leg Extension Yoga Stretch

Start by laying on your back on a yoga mat.

Loop a belt or resistance band around the ball of one foot, holding the ends in your hands. Slowly extend this leg straight up towards the ceiling, keeping the sole of your foot parallel to the floor.

Keep your opposite leg extended out on the floor, or bend at the knee if this is more comfortable.

Using the belt or band, gently pull your leg towards your chest, taking deep breaths and remembering to keep your leg straight. Hold this stretch for three deep breaths, and then repeat with your other leg.

2. Supine Twist Yoga Stretch

This is a great stretch to alleviate tension in your lower back. Lay flat on your back on a yoga mat and draw your upwards into a 90-degree bend. Cross your right leg over the left, and then gently twist your hips and low back to the right until your legs are resting on the ground.

Extend your arms out to the sides and look over your left shoulder, feeling the twist and stretch from your lower back to your neck. Hold this stretch for three deep breaths before repeating in the opposite direction.

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3. Happy Baby Yoga Stretch

Lay on your back on a yoga mat and pull your knees into your chest. Gently hug your knees into your armpits, feeling a stretch in your thighs and lower back. Bring your hands in between your knees to grab the soles of your feet, and bring them parallel to the ceiling. Slowly rock to the left and right, breathing deeply as you stretch and open the hips.

Yoga is a great practice for improving balance, flexibility, and overall mental and physical wellness. Read this blog on why yoga is beneficial for everyone – at any age or ability.

4. Side Stretch

Stand straight with your hands extended towards the ceiling, fingers interlaced.

Slowly bend from side to side, feeling the muscles of your abdomen stretch and extend. Remember to breathe deeply, exhaling as you bend to the side.

Take this stretch slowly. Repeat multiple times on each side of the body, stretching and loosening your oblique muscles.

5. Lateral Pulse

Work out the backs of your upper arms using a resistance band. Extend your arms straight in front of your with the resistance band around your palms. Make small pulses outwards, allowing the resistance band to activate the muscles of your arms. Do two repetitions of these for 15 seconds each.

6. Tricep Kickbacks

Use 5lb weights for this exercise. Stand with your feet a shoulder-distance apart and extend one leg a short distance behind you. Lean forward slightly and tighten your abdominal muscles, tucking your elbows up towards your body.

Grip the weights and extend your arms behind you, gently extending your elbow and engaging your tricep muscles, and then slowly curl them back until your wrists are in line with your elbows. Do 10-15 repetitions twice, resting in between each set.

7. Bicep Curls

Stand with your feet a shoulder-distance apart, knees bent slightly, and lean your shoulders forward to feel your abdominal muscles tighten. Using 5-10lb weights, grip your weights with your arms extended at your sides.

Bend your elbows and curl your hands towards your shoulders, and then lower them back towards your hips. Remember to keep your elbows as stationary as possible. Repeat this 10-15 times, rest, and then do one more set of 10-15 curls.

8. Rear Deltoid Press

Stand with your feet a shoulder-distance apart and roll your shoulders back. Bend your knees gently and lean forward slightly to engage your abdomen.

Grip your 5lb weights, hanging your arms at your sides with your elbows slightly extended. Stretch your arms out straight behind you and then slowly bring them back forward until they touch your thighs. Do 10-15 repetitions two times, resting in between each set.

9. Bent-Over Rows

Stand with your feet together and bend at the waist. Hook a resistance band under your feet and pull the band up towards your chest. Tuck your elbows into the body as you pull the band upward, exhaling as your elbows reach your waist. Do two sets of 15 rows, resting between each set.

10. Teapot Core Workout

Stand straight with your legs a shoulder-width apart. Hook a resistance band under your left foot and stretch the band upward with your left hand. Touch your right hand to your right temple, keeping your elbow pointed away from your body.

Keep your lower body tight and bend to your right with your upper body, feeling the stretch in your left oblique before returning to bend towards the left side. Repeat this for 15 times, rest, and do a second set before repeating on the opposite side.

We hope that you give a few (or all!) of these exercises a try to get your blood pumping at home, and strengthen your immune system even further with our line of Well Theory products for stress management, inflammation reduction, and overall health.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation

Surgeon Formulated
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100% NATURAL PAIN RELIEF FOR PEOPLE WORLDWIDE
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10 Immunity-Boosting Foods

10 Immunity-Boosting Foods

10 Foods

that boost your immune system

The immune system is the body’s defense against pathogens. Your immune system is what empowers you to function and perform with health and wellness. Does your immunity need an extra kick? Try incorporating some of these ingredients into your daily meals to help fight off viruses and infection!

1. Almonds

Almonds are rich in vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps to fight free radicals in the body and reduce inflammation. This keeps the immune response strong and steady. Almonds are also dense with healthy fats that leave you full and satisfied.

2. Sunflower Seeds

Like almonds, sunflower seeds are also high in vitamin E, as well as vitamin B6 and magnesium. Dry roasted sunflower seeds are a delicious addition to salads or eaten on their own.

3. Turmeric

This spice is known for its immunity-boosting and anti-inflammatory properties. Consuming turmeric in your meals or in golden milk teas can help alleviate symptoms of inflammatory conditions including osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

4. Green Tea

Green tea is antioxidant and flavonoid-rich. Green tea aids in lowering cholesterol, fighting heart disease, and improving immune function. Black tea and white tea are also great choices for boosting immunity.

5. Ginger

Ginger is known for its antioxidant qualities that protect against free radicals, arthritis, and viral infections. Ginger is also a great pain reliever and is anti-inflammatory. Eat fresh, grate into muffins, or steep in hot water to make a spicy, refreshing tea infused with all of this root’s healthy benefits.

6. Citrus

Citrus fruits may be one of the most well-known and researched for ingredients that are immunity boosting. Grapefruit, lemons, limes, and oranges are high in vitamin C which increases white blood cell production. Vitamin C also provides protection of your immune cells as they fight infections. Enjoy fresh-squeezed juice or peeled segments to get a healthy dose of vitamin C into your day.

7. Bell Peppers

Red bell peppers are fantastic sources of vitamin C which provide antioxidants and heightened immune response. Chop these fresh and add into salads, or slice and enjoy as a delicious, crunchy chip replacement with salsa or hummus.

8. Garlic

Garlic is a powerhouse when it comes to strengthening the immune system and lowering cholesterol levels. This ingredient is anti-fungal, antiviral, and helps to lower inflammation and protect against a variety of diseases and infections, including colds, heart disease, and the flu.

9. Oysters

If you can get past the texture of a raw oyster, they make a delicious meal that can also help to strengthen your immune system. Oysters are rich in zinc which gives a boost to white blood cell function, as well as vitamin C.

10. Elderberries

Elderberries have been used as medicine for centuries for their antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties. Eat these berries – or enjoy an elderberry syrup supplement – to fight colds, flu, and infections!

For delicious recipes that support a healthy lifestyle, make sure to visit The Herbal Kitchen and try one of our nutritious meals.

Boost Your Immune System

with ease

Well Theory makes strengthening your immune system simple with our Immunity Boosting CBD multivitamin. This complex is formulated with hemp, zinc, magnesium, vitamin C, and vitamin D to alleviate pain and inflammation, boost immunity, and manage stress in one easily digestible daily capsule.

 

Our Well Theory pain cream, spray, oil tincture, and multivitamin will help you to fortify the body from the inside out. Choose from our full line of surgeon-designed products today!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation

Surgeon Formulated
For Your Peace of Mind

Natural Ingredients + Cutting-Edge Medical Breakthroughs.

100% NATURAL PAIN RELIEF FOR PEOPLE WORLDWIDE
  • FDA-REGISTERED
  • PARABEN-FREE
  • 3RD PARTY TESTED
  • 100% NATURAL

A Guide To the Immune System

A Guide To the Immune System

Health & Immunity:

The importance of the immune system

The immune system is the body’s internal protection system against bacteria, parasites, and illness as well as toxins, environmental stressors and damaged cells.  

With the current increased need for protection against viruses, let’s learn more about the function of the immune system, the cells and tissues involved, and how to better fight off disease.

What Is the Immune System?

There is an innate and an adaptive immune system. The immune system is made up of and supported by leukocytes, or white blood cells. There are a variety of leukocytes, including granulocytes (neutrophils), lymphocytes, monocytes and macrophages. These cells travel throughout the bloodstream and lymphatic vessels, seeking out pathogens or foreign entities in the body in order to eliminate any threat to the system. These immune cells are stored primarily in the thymus gland, lymph nodes, the spleen, skin, bloodstream, mucosal tissue, and bone barrow.

 White blood cells fall into two categories: phagocytes, and lymphocytes.

Phagocytes or granulocytes are specialized cells that absorb and break down pathogens and bacteria. Neutrophils, monocytes, mast cells, and macrophages work to perform phagocytosis, remove dead cells, aid in wound healing, and protect the immune system from danger.

The granulocytes are the primary cell of the innate immune system. This is the first line of defense often. Pathogens have certain proteins or molecules that are recognized as dangerous and the neutrophils will engulf them and then destroy them with toxic chemicals.  

The second type of leukocytes is called a lymphocyte, these are found in bone marrow. These cells act as scribes, keeping a record of previously eliminated pathogens in order to recognize them in future attacks. T lymphocytes within the thymus either trigger an immune response or take direct action to break down cells that have been compromised, while B lymphocytes in bone marrow produce antibodies in defense against diseases. This system requires the ability to present the pathogen on the cell surface, to recognize that pathogen, to clone the immune cell and then to attack cells with that signal from the pathogen. It is very complicated and involves a significant amount of cellular communication.

What Affects Immune Health?

Generally, our immunity becomes stronger as we age because our system is exposed to many pathogens and must learn how to protect against them. Children’s systems are less developed, making them more susceptible to illness. Exposure to pathogens effectively trains the immune system. Our society today is likely too ‘clean’ to prepare an immune system for all of the potential pathogens out there.  

Immune disorders can also occur, leaving the immune system weakened against viruses and disease. Immunodeficiencies are often caused by unhealthy lifestyle choices such as malnutrition, or alcoholism, though age can also be a factor. Autoimmunity occurs when the body mistakes healthy cells for foreign ones, breaking down necessary and functional protectors within the system.

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Lastly, hypersensitivity is a disorder that sprouts from an over-functioning immune system in which the immune response is so strong that it can actually damage the body. All immune disorders have complex sources and many can be treated.

 

Immunity can be broken down into 4 categories:

  • Innate immunity is the initial system that recognizes threats. This involves white cells that engulf the pathogen and then destroy it. This is a blunt instrument but very effective. However, some pathogens have evolved to avoid destruction by innate immunity. The white cells are able to recognize ‘self’ cells and avoid destroying them usually.

    Most pathogens (bacteria, viruses, parasites, toxic chemicals, etc) produce proteins that are recognized as non-self or dangerous; these are antigens. The complement system is involved in innate immunity as well.
    Innate immunity also involves the basic barriers that protect us from the environment to include skin, the gastrointestinal lining, cilia, and body hair.  

  • Adaptive immunity refers to the way our system can evolve over time with exposure to antigens to better support the immune system, specifically through the development of antibodies that fight off particular diseases. This also involves T cells that recognize antigens (presented pathogens) and produce clones to attack that pathogen. This is called ‘acquired immunity’ as well. 

  • Passive immunity is a short-lived defense from pathogens. This is not naturally occurring in the body but is rather obtained from another source, such as the antibodies transferred via the placenta to the fetus in order to protect against infection.

  • Immunizations are used to strengthen the immune system by means of purposefully introducing a pathogen into the system. The pathogen is a weakened form, allowing the immune system to develop antibodies to protect the system from future viral attacks.

Diet, lifestyle, and the natural makeup of your body can affect the strength of your immune system. Keeping your system functioning optimally is vital to your health, wellbeing, and survival.

Protect Your Immune System

with Well Theory

With our Well Theory Immunity Boosting CBD Multivitamin, you can help your immune system to keep pain, stress, inflammation, and viruses at bay with a simple daily supplement.

 Our multivitamin complex is formulated with vitamin C, vitamin D3, zinc, full-spectrum hemp, calcium citrate, and magnesium oxide to fortify your immune system to keep you well protected from pathogens – all while providing you with full-body wellness. 

Learn more about the ingredients in our multivitamin and why they are essential to a healthy immune system.  

This surgeon-designed, science-powered multivitamin pairs with our CBD Oil Tincture, Pain Relieving Cream, and Pain Relieving Spray to keep you happy and healthy, manage stress, and relieve pain at any point in your day. Choose Well Theory today!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation