Support the Immune System With Hormone Optimization
At All About You, we know that keeping a patient's hormone levels optimized can help keep their immune system running normally. As we optimize our hormones, many crucial functions of the body are supported. Everything from how we sleep to how our bodies respond to foreign invaders can continue to function correctly when our hormones are optimized—giving us a better chance to remain healthy no matter what comes our way!
A Healthy Night's Sleep
As part of that process of hormone optimization, we are helping improve sleep, which has been shown in studies to strengthen the immune system.
With people spending so much time in their homes, depression will be accelerated during the coming weeks and months. Hormone optimization can help reduce anxiety and decrease the severity of depression, thereby improving immune function.
Promote a Healthy Thyroid
Thyroid optimization is an integral part of Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy. It has been reported in multiple studies that optimizing our active thyroid levels improves our neutrophils and lymphocytes, including our natural killer cells, which help destroy the viral particles. (Frontiers Endocrinology 04 June 2019)
Support a Healthy Immune Response
Once our innate immunity has attacked a virus, we need to consider what happens next as our adaptive immunity is called into action. As is true with most of the cells in our body, T3 is an essential thyroid hormone in promoting the maturation of our adaptive immune cells. These cells, once mature, promote pro-inflammatory cytokines, including IL-6, IL-12, and TGFB1. This adaptive response favors the development of cytotoxic T cells, which further modulates our immune system's response to targeting and killing viruses.
Additional Support With Nutraceuticals:
Zinc—one of the ingredients in IODINE+—has been shown to reduce the severity of respiratory illness. Zinc may improve the integrity of respiratory cells by protecting them from inflammation and infection. (Molecular Physiology 2006;290:433-441)
Vitamin D is essential in maintaining the innate and adaptive immune responses. (ncbi.nlm.nih.gov) If you have a deficiency in vitamin D, you will have an increase in susceptibility to infection. Although the mechanism is not clearly established, vitamin D is known to have anti-viral effects. In 2017, a large prospective trial showed taking vitamin D can reduce the odds of developing respiratory infections by approximately 42%. (BMJ 2017;356:6583)
We all know that our gastrointestinal tract is important to our overall immune system health. Probiotics, as recommended in the BioTE Method, can help improve a person's health by up-regulating their immune function. There are clinical trials that have shown probiotics reducing acute respiratory infections—many of which are caused by viruses. (Cochrane.org)
So, what can you do? The answer is simple—do whatever you can to boost your immune system!