Nutritional Counseling, Whole Food Supplements, and Immunity SupportBased in Portland, Maine
Now more than ever it is important to protect and support our immune systems.
The best immune system defense is year-round support. If that sentence isn’t’ timelier as of this writing, I don’t know when it would be! We are now faced with a crisis that has shut our country down and caused most Americans to run and hide. No! Draw a line in the sand and hold your ground. If we have to live with COVID 19, we have to learn to beat it back or fight it off should we become infected. I don’t see the point in living a life in fear.
By supporting the immune system every day, the body is well-equipped to take on the challenges of everyday life, and yes Covid 19. People often think about the immune system only when experiencing a challenge. Like any battle, preparation is key, your immune system “battles” are no different.
A complex system needing multifaceted support.
The immune system is made up of many components, including the spleen, thymus, lymph nodes, and lymphatic tissues in the gut. Targeted nutrition can support the immune system function through general support and specific action including natural killer cells, Beta cells, macrophage cells, immune effector cells, and secretory immunoglobulin A and immunoglobulin E.
Gut health and immune system health are strongly connected, in fact, the gut is home to a majority of the body’s rich and complex immune system. Probiotic strains can influence the immune system by modulating cell signals and an abundance of cell types while interacting receptors in the gut tissue. As you can see, your immune system will not be able to function 100% if it is not healthy and supported. This is why a probiotic is vital to not just your overall health, but to a fully functioning immune system.
In addition to probiotics, there are several support supplements that will help with both long- and short-term immune system support. I cannot stress enough the importance of ionized calcium in your blood. At one point in medical care, your levels of blood calcium were used to determine your overall risk factors. This is done with a simple test that is non-invasive and easily performed.
Like many things in life, one prescription does not fit all people. It is however important to find out what support you may need. One benefit of the current COVID 19 crisis is that people are looking for ways to boost their immune function. The great thing about that is once you are at your best, you will be able to fight whatever comes around, even after COVID 19 is a bad memory.
An effective technique…
Dr. Hayes has recently been trained in Meridian Autonomic Testing (MAT), which is a marriage of kinesiology and acupuncture meridians. With this system, we can assess where your nutritional faults may lie. Dr. Hayes is very excited to bring this to his health arsenal. It allows him to target specific areas while also assessing whether the supplements are helping or even necessary.