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Immune Health

Consistently fend off pathogens from attack.

The immune system could be accountable for up to 40% of the body’s ability to manage weight.

SYMPTOMS OF LOW IMMUNITY
  • Frequent Illness
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Frequent Minor Ailments
  • Poor Gut Health
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Weight Gain

Lifestyle changes are necessary to reach true, sustainable improvement.


IMMUNITY: Rating Influence

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Immune Health: Discussion

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Influence on immunity:

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Immunity starts with the gut.

There can be other leading causes, too (tooth, mouth, and nasal health, for instance).  But gut health is the main hub of immunity. 

With over 70% of the body’s immune system residing in the gut — and billions of microbes entering the via the mouth every day — when things go wrong, it’s the gut that’s affected. 

Stress directly causes the gut to suffer — and when the gut suffers, inflammation isn’t far behind. When inflammation is chronic — immunity is certainly suffering.

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Influence on immunity:

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Poor sleep means worse immunity.

That conductor of your body’s “clock” is the SCN (Suprachiasmatic Nucleus) and it syncs up every bodily function.

Your entire body runs like a large orchestra — each system needs to be following the same conductor for the system to work efficiently.

The reason you eat more after a bad night of sleep? The system isn’t synced and you need more energy.

A disrupted sleep schedule throws off the body’s ability to tell time and, therefore, sync its various parts.

One of the first systems to suffer after chronic circadian disruption? Gut health — and with it, your immunity.

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Influence on immunity:

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Immunity can be improved by fixing nutrient imbalances.

A main characteristic of low immunity is poor gut health — and poor gut health causes poor absorption of nutrients.

Nutrient deficiency deeply weakens your ability to fight off infections — and make you feel worse in the process.

Give yourself time — months even — to slowly and steadily improve your nutritional status. Take small, sure steps in the right direction.

Be sure to work on gut health, too. Better absorption of nutrients from food and supplements will make your life infinitely easier.

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Influence on immunity:

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Fight inflammation, pathogens, and poor blood flow… with light.

Therapeutic light has the ability to upgrade digestive health, lower inflammation, and directly improve immunity (including autoimmunity). 

However, the wrong wavelengths of light can raise cortisol and make inflammation worse. 

All in all, if you need to improve your immunity — a fantastic place to start is to grow your knowledge about light and how it affects your biology.  

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Influence on immunity:

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Eat the right foods for you.

There are a lot of folks harping on which foods to eat. The truth is that what is good for you is what helps YOU. 

The best diet for you? The one that makes you feel best.

If you feel worse on a diet, there’s no reason to continue eating it. Pay attention to how each food makes you feel — over the long run. Keep in mind that most dietary changes result in stress on the body — therefore, be mindful of temporary reactions to change.

Modify your diet slowly. Sweeping changes can be hard on the gut.

Last, find a macro ratio that works for you.  (I suggest 2:1:1 Carbs:Protein:Fat to most of my clients). 

Remember: There is no perfect diet for everyone.

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Mold can wreak havoc on the gut, mouth, nasal passages, and entire immune system.

From the constant inflammation and cortisol to the immune system being ever on alert, if you’re having major issues with illness, it’s worth considering whether you might be (or have been) exposed to mold in your home or place of work.

Fungal issues can be at the heart of many pernicious ailments — and with mold being a fungus — getting a handle on whether your immediate environment is exposing you to mold may be of immeasurable value.

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Compromised immune system? Live in a sick building?

Your immediate environment may include mold, but it may also include a high exposure to chemicals (flame retardants and other chemicals from newer products), radon, heavy metals (mercury from broken fluorescent lights), or EMFs — and these can all affect your ability to fight off your constant exposure to pathogens from people and buildings.

Keeping your home clean, becoming progressively more aware of the potential issues with your home or workplace, and taking methodical steps to improve your environment(s) may be necessary steps to take control over your immunity.

A person with a strong immune system may “do okay” in your sick building (for a while), but that doesn’t mean it’s working for you.

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