Eating for a Healthy Immune System

By Phone or In-Person!

This holistic-based health program is excellent for those needing an immunity boost.

How would you answer the following questions?

- Do you find yourself with colds, sore throats, respiratory/sinus infections, or the flu more
often than you would like?
- When sick, do you take more than a few days to recover?
- Do you heal slowly when injured?
- Have you engaged in, or are currently engaging in unhealthy lifestyle habits such as smoking, frequent alcohol consumption, recreational drug use, a sedentary lifestyle?
- Do you regularly consume a high-sugar, high-fat diet low in fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains and other healthy foods?

If you answer yes to any of the above questions, Eating for a Healthy Immune System may be appropriate for you.

During our initial appointment we will discuss your health history and eating habits. Based on your individual health needs I will offer education on healthy foods, herbal remedies, supplements and lifestyle modifications, teaching how to strengthen the body's natural ability to heal and fight infection.

Estimated Program Length: 2 hours*

$65/hr.

*The charge for the above Eating for a Healthy Immune System program is hourly since each
individual's needs are different, and therefore time requirements vary. I've placed an estimated length of time to assist you in the average length of time this health and wellness program was designed to take. If the program runs over you will be charged accordingly.


Why Boost your Immune System?


The average adult battles four colds per year and children battle an average of six. If either of these experiences sounds familiar, you may need an immune system boost. The immune system is the body's defense system and deserves special attention. It helps you remain healthy by fighting infections so you may quickly bounce back from sickness and succumb to illness and infections such as colds and viruses less frequently.

The organs that comprise the immune system are not all located in one distinct area, but are spread throughout the body. Immune system organs consist of the tonsils, adenoids, appendix, lymph nodes, lymphoid tissue, spleen, parts of the liver, bone marrow, circulating white blood cells, and the thymus gland. The lymph system is an important component of our immune system because lymph nodes act as filters preventing bacteria, cancer cells and any other foreign matter from entering the bloodstream. They also act as an important immune mechanism by producing antibodies.

The immune system also functions in many areas of the body that we may not realize. Did you know that 60-80% of your lymphatic system is in your small intestine? This lymph tissue is called gut-associated lymphoid tissue (GALT) and is an important part of immune system defenses. Your GALT directs the immune system to respond appropriately, helping to distinguish between nutritious compounds and possible antigens. Additionally, our skin can be considered a component of the immune system, as it is our barrier to the outside. You also may not realize, but tears help fight infection too; they do this through their antibody content that protects the eyes from germs.

You may have heard that the immune system is capable of learning and this is certainly true. It learns through its interaction with agents of disease and by fighting invading organisms. Through this ongoing process, the immune system is continually adapting throughout one's life. This process happens in early childhood and is how a child's immune system strengthens.

One of the best things you can do to boost your immune system is allow yourself ample sleep time; the immune system needs a good night's sleep in order to function properly. While sleeping, the immune system repairs itself and immune cells are able to better circulate throughout the body. Without ample sleep this process is interrupted, and levels of natural killer cells are lowered, directly weakening immunity. Natural killer cells are extremely important, as they are our body's first-line of defense against infection.

As you can see, a healthy and balanced immune system is essential; without it you would be ill far more frequently. When you come down with more colds, viruses and other infections than you should, it is a signal that your immune system needs help.

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