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
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.
This type of immunity is “borrowed” from another source, but it does not last indefinitely. For instance, a baby receives antibodies from the mother through the placenta before birth and in breast milk following birth. This passive immunity protects the baby from some infections during the early years of their life.
Immunization introduces antigens or weakened pathogens to a person in such a way that the individual does not become sick but still produces antibodies. Because the body saves copies of the antibodies, it is protected if the threat should reappear later in life.
How to take measures to strengthen your Immune System
Age Management of West Michigan’s integrative approach to medicine recognizes the importance of supporting and strengthening the body’s immune system to support longevity and the prevention of illness and disease. Age Management provides its patients with a variety of functional medicine programs, complimentary services, and natural supplements to support and strengthen they body’s innate immune system function.
The Gastrointestinal System
The GI system is the initial line of defense in most cases against pathogens and environmental toxins with 70 to 80% of our immune system occurring in our gut. Since the GI system plays such a driving force in our body’s immune system function, it is looked at as a starting point for functional healing.
GI Repair and Restore Program
The GI Repair and Restore program is a 9 Week functional program designed to address and heal underlying dysfunctions occurring in the GI system to restore optimal GI and immune system function. All autoimmune and immune system compromised patients at Age Management are recommended to go through the program to restore optimal functioning of the GI system which correlates in optimal functioning of the immune system. Enabling the body’s immune system to be able to do its job and protect the body from environmental pathogens is Age Management’s functional medicine approach to disease prevention. If you are interested in more information visit here.
Intravenous nutrient therapy is the most efficient way to provide the body with vitamin, minerals, and amino acids at a therapeutic level to promote health, healing, and well-being. The main benefit to IV therapy is the 100% absorption of nutrients by bypassing of the digestive system where lack of absorption of oral supplements is a common issue. IV therapy also allows for treatment with therapeutic levels of nutrients that can not be obtained through oral dosing to support and boost the immune system.
Age Management recommended IV therapy to boost the immune system is the IV Meyers with 10g Vitamin C for 1 x weekly for 4 to 6 weeks. If you are interested in IV Nutrient Therapy then please check out our website here.
Vitamin D Injections
Vitamin D can modulate the innate and adaptive immune responses. Deficiency in vitamin D is associated with increased autoimmunity as well as an increased susceptibility to infection.
Age Management of West Michigan recommends getting an initial Vitamin D level in the body first before supplementing with high doses of Vitamin D. Recommended optimal levels of Vitamin D in the blood are 60-70 ng/ml. Age Management offers cost-effective cash based options and insurance covered labs to get Vitamin D levels tested.
Age Management offers both injectable and oral dosing options to increase Vitamin D levels. For patients with low Vitamin D levels, AMWM recommends Vitamin D injections (300,000iu per injection/ 1 x monthly for 2 months) along with daily oral vitamin D (5,000iu) for 2 months as the most effective and quickest way to bring up Vitamin D levels. Daily support to maintain Vitamin D levels is oral dosing at 5,000iu daily. Visit our website here for more information.
Immune Boosting Supplements
A wide variety of botanicals, herbs, vitamins, minerals, and amino acids provide essential support and assistance to improve the body’s immune system function. Age Management recommends a clean diet with a variety of vegetables and fruits to be your main source of nutrients, but stand alone nutrients can provide additional immune system support.
Age Management recommends the following supplements that provide a wide range of immune system support for your specific needs:
Argentyn silver (liquid / nasal spray)
ALA (alpha lipoic acid)
Antioxidants (Vitamin C, Selenium, CoQ10)