Connecting Immunity & Stress

Connecting Immunity & Stress


Stress is known to deplete the immune system because it triggers a hormonal response in the body that suppresses the immune system's normal functioning. When we experience stress, our bodies release a hormone called cortisol, which helps to prepare us for the "fight or flight" response.


Cortisol works by diverting energy away from non-essential functions like the immune system, towards functions that are essential for survival in the short term, such as the heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing.

Prolonged or chronic stress can result in dangerously elevated cortisol levels, which can suppress the immune system. Cortisol can reduce the production of white blood cells, which are responsible for fighting off infections and diseases, and also inhibit the production of antibodies, find and neutralize pathogens in the body. 

Stress is also known to cause inflammation throughout the body, which can weaken the immune system and increase the risk of infections. Stress-induced inflammation can cause damage to tissues and organs, making them more susceptible to infections and diseases.


The good news…

Micronutrients, such as those found in our Etre Organic Beef Liver are essential for our immune health because they play crucial roles in various stages of the immune response. 

Research shows Vitamin A is necessary for the development and differentiation of immune cells, while vitamin D helps to activate immune cells and regulate inflammation.

Vitamin C supports the function of immune cells, and vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that helps to protect the immune system from damage caused by free radicals.

Minerals such as zinc, iron, copper, and selenium are vital for the production and activity of immune cells. 


Zinc  is necessary for the development and function of immune cells, while iron is essential for the growth of immune cells.
Copper is needed for the function of several enzymes involved in immune responses, and selenium helps to protect immune cells from damage.

Micronutrients also play a crucial role in supporting the immune system…

They help to activate immune cells and support their growth and development, which are important for fighting off infections and diseases.

Beef liver is an amazing source of several micronutrients. It is particularly rich in vitamins A, B12, and B6, folate, iron, and copper.

Beef liver is also an excellent source of vitamin B6, which is involved in numerous metabolic processes in the body, including the production of neurotransmitters and the formation of red blood cells.

Beef liver is also a rich source of folate - which is important for cell growth,  and iron - which is essential for the production of hemoglobin in red blood cells. 

Beef liver also provides a significant amount of copper, which plays a vital role in the formation of connective tissue and the functioning of the immune and nervous systems.



We recommend diversifying with a well-balanced diet that includes a variety of micronutrient-rich foods, crucial for maintaining optimal health and well-being - supporting your body's natural immune response and assisting the body in fighting off free radicals and diseases.

Our favourites are organ meats, oysters, dark leafy greens and an array of rich antioxidant fruit and vegetables.

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