/Functional Medicine

The Immune System

2020-03-13T19:21:49+00:00March 13th, 2020|Categories: Functional Medicine|

Your Immune System The main function of the immune system is to protect the host from harmful environmental factors such as microbes or chemicals, which preserves the integrity of the body. Components of your Immune System White blood cells are also called leukocytes. They circulate in the body in blood vessels and the lymphatic vessels that parallel the veins and arteries. White blood cells are on constant patrol and looking for pathogens. When they find a target, they begin to multiply and send signals out to other cell types to do the same. Our white blood cells are stored in different places in the body, which are referred to as lymphoid organs. These include the following: Thymus — a gland between the lungs and just below the neck. Spleen — an organ that filters the blood. It sits in the upper left of the abdomen. Bone marrow — found in the center of the bones, it also produces red blood cells. Lymph nodes —small glands positioned throughout the body, linked by lymphatic vessels. Immunity - 3 Types Innate immunity We are all born with some level of immunity to invaders. Human immune systems, similarly to those of many animals, will attack foreign invaders from day one. This innate immunity includes the external barriers of our body — the first line of defense against pathogens — such as the skin and mucous membranes of the throat and gut. This response is more general and non-specific. If the pathogen manages to dodge the innate immune system, adaptive or acquired immunity kicks in. Adaptive (acquired) immunity This protect from pathogens develops as we go through life. As we are exposed to diseases or get vaccinated, we build up a library of antibodies to different pathogens. This is sometimes referred to as immunological memory because our immune system remembers previous enemies. Passive immunity This type of immunity is “borrowed” from another source, but it does not last indefinitely. For instance, a baby receives [...]

Seasonal Affective Disorder Package

2020-02-21T18:17:14+00:00February 21st, 2020|Categories: Functional Medicine, Vitamin D|

Seasonal Affective Disorder Let's face it. Michigan winter's are downright depressing and dreary. The cold season causes us to retrea to our homes until spring finally arrives. If you are finding yourself stuck in a funk all of winter, you may be suffering from seasonal affective disorder. (S.A.D.) Due to the lack of sunlight during the daytime in winter, residents of michigan are more prone to SAD than more southern states.   Warning signs of SAD: Less energy Trouble Concentrating Fatigue Greater appetite Increased desire to be alone Desire to sleep   Weight Gain In order to treat the symptoms and stay true to yourself through the winter season, Age Management of West MI has created a Seasonal Affective Disorder Package in order to deter the symptoms. Vitamin D3 Injection Intramuscular injections instantly bypass the digestive system to ensure 100 percent absorption of key amino acids, vitamins, and mineral nutrients in therapeutic dosages. This IV therapy is meant to treat Vitamin D deficiency. The body manufactures vitamin D from cholesterol, through a process triggered by the action of sunlight on skin, hence its nickname, “the sunshine vitamin.”  Yet some people do not make enough vitamin D from the sun, among them, people who have a darker skin tone, who are overweight, who are older, and who cover up when they are in the sun. With the use of a Vitamin D3 injection at 100,000 iu/ml 1 time a month, energy levels will increase while fatigue levels will significantly decrease.   Neurotransmitter support  Our supplement store offers multiple supplements that support optimal serotonin and dopamine levels.  L-Tryptophan is an essential alpha-amino acid that is a precursor to the neurotransmitters serotonin and melatonin. Supplementation with tryptophan has been shown in numerous clinical trials to be safe, well-tolerated, and supportive of well-being, calmness, relaxation, sleep, and appetite control.  DopaBoostTM is designed to support the body’s natural production of dopamine, a neurotransmitter associated with attention, [...]

Sweet Dreams

2020-01-24T15:28:13+00:00January 24th, 2020|Categories: Functional Medicine|

Not Enough Time in the Day? How often do you find yourself yawning, thinking about the chance you'll be able to get back to sleep? Everyone seems to wish for more time in the day to catch up on sleep, work, or relaxation. In reality, you don't need more time in the day, you just need more sleep to carry yourself through the day. There are multiple pharmaceutical grade supplements that can aid in getting yourself to fall asleep, stay asleep, and wake up feeling well rested and ready to take on your day! Melatonin To begin with, Melatonin is a supplement that helps with sleep issues. Societies modern lifestyle prevents the human body from winding down the way it should. This is due to the blue light we surround ourselves through our phones, the TV, and the computer. In order to promote an effective sleep cycle, melatonin has been proven to normalize abnormal sleeping patterns. Melatonin is a hormone that your brain produces in response to darkness. It helps with the timing of your circadian rhythms (internal clock) and with sleep. Light exposure in the evening can prevent melatonin production.  The typical dose of Melatonin for adults can be between two tenths of a milligram and five milligrams 60 minutes before bedtime.  It is recommended that children  take a smaller dose. If you've tried melatonin and would like to try a different supplement to assist with your sleeping habits, there are other options. Click the image to shop. Magnesium Click the image to shop. Secondly, Magnesium is a critical element for overall health- including sleep! The body does not produce magnesium, but it is pretty easy to get from food or supplements. It is not uncommon for people to have magnesium deficiency. If that is the case, the lack of minerals can throw the body off track across a broad range of functions. Insomnia is [...]

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