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Supporting Our Immune System in The Wintertime

Supporting Our Immune System in The Wintertime
Supporting Our Immune System in The Wintertime

As we approach the shorter and darker days of the wintertime, the incidence of colds, flus and other illnesses increases. Fortunately, there are various ways that we can support our immune system to help prevent or lessen the severity of seasonal sickness. Most importantly, our work should start in the kitchen. The foods we consume play an integral role in supporting various physiological processes, such as those occurring within our immune system.  It is important to focus on eating a healthy diet consisting of vegetables, fruits, legumes, whole grains, lean protein, and healthy fats. It is also wise to ensure that the foods you consume are rich in micronutrients and minerals such as Vitamin D, Vitamin C, B Vitamins, Zinc, Magnesium  and more.

 

Some Immune Boosting Foods:

 

  • High Quality Proteins– Organic and pasture raised chicken and turkey, grass fed beef, wild caught fish
  • Colorful Berries– Blueberries, Blackberries, Raspberries, Strawberries etc.
  • Leafy Greens– Kale, Arugula, Spinach, Collard Greens, Swiss Chard etc.
  • Bell peppers
  • Tomatoes
  • Cruciferous Vegetables– Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower etc. 
  • Fermented foods– Yogurt, Sauerkraut, Kimchi, Kefir, etc
  • Herbs and spices– Garlic, ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, cumin etc.


Other Immune System Supporting Tips:

 

Drink plenty of water. Your body can become dehydrated quickly – even while you are sleeping or just breathing – so you must replenish those lost fluids often throughout your day. When your body is dehydrated, that slows down the progress of infection-fighting immune cells called lymph. Without the rapid movement of these cells, your system may become immunocompromised.

 

Get Moving! Exercise can help to boost your immune system because it improves your overall circulation. The better your circulation, the more easily immune cells, and infection-fighting molecules can travel throughout your body.

 

Catch some ZZZs. Sleep is integral to almost everything your body does, including the creation of infection-fighting cells. If you do not get enough sleep, you will likely be more susceptible to bacteria and viruses.

 

Eliminate stress. Okay, this one is easier said than done, but it is still important for the health of your immune system that you try to mitigate the stressors in your life. A stress response in your body reduces the level of immune response your body can have, leaving you vulnerable to viruses and disease. If possible, remove yourself from stressful situations and practice deep breathing, meditation and mindfulness.

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Supporting Our Immune System in The Wintertime
Supporting Our Immune System in The Wintertime

WHY DO WE DO THIS TEST?

This test looks for the inappropriate presence of bacteria in the small intestine known as Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth or “SIBO”.

LOCATION PERFORMED

At home

SPECIMEN TYPE

Breath

COLLECTION INSTRUCTIONS

COST

$85-$225 depending on insurance coverage. 

Supporting Our Immune System in The Wintertime
Supporting Our Immune System in The Wintertime

WHY DO WE DO THIS TEST?

This test evaluates the presence of harmful mycotoxins (toxins produced by molds).

LOCATION PERFORMED

At Home

SPECIMEN TYPE

Urine

COLLECTION INSTRUCTIONS

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS

Glutathione for 1 week, then bath or sauna.

COST

$699

INSURANCE

Fully covered by Medicare. Repeat test prices $249

Supporting Our Immune System in The Wintertime
Supporting Our Immune System in The Wintertime

WHY DO WE DO THIS TEST?

This test evaluates the genetic profile for multiple health indicators. Click here for more information.

LOCATION PERFORMED

At home

SPECIMEN TYPE

Blood Spot

COST

$319

INSURANCE

No insurance accepted

COLLECTION INSTRUCTIONS

Supporting Our Immune System in The Wintertime
Supporting Our Immune System in The Wintertime

WHY DO WE DO THIS TEST?

This company can test for lyme, babesia, bartonella and additional tick-borne illnesses. Click here for more information.

LOCATION PERFORMED

In office

SPECIMEN TYPE

Blood

COST

around $1600 (depends on panel selected)

INSURANCE

Fully covered by Medicare. May be reimbursed with PPO plans.
Supporting Our Immune System in The Wintertime
Supporting Our Immune System in The Wintertime

WHY DO WE DO THIS TEST?

This test evaluates the presence of harmful mycotoxins (toxins produced by molds).

LOCATION PERFORMED

At home

BLOOD FLUID

Urine

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS

Glutathione for 1 week, then bath or sauna.

COST

$299

INSURANCE

No insurance accepted
Supporting Our Immune System in The Wintertime
Supporting Our Immune System in The Wintertime

WHY DO WE DO THIS TEST?

This test evaluates a wide range of environmental toxins that may be leading to harmful health effects.

LOCATION PERFORMED

At home

BLOOD FLUID

Urine

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS

Glutathione for 1 week, then bath or sauna.

COST

$199

INSURANCE

No insurance accepted $30 discount given if done with mycotoxins.
Supporting Our Immune System in The Wintertime
Supporting Our Immune System in The Wintertime

WHY DO WE DO THIS TEST?

Blood work for blood count, urinalysis and vitamin levels.

LOCATION PERFORMED

BLOOD FLUID

Blood

NOTES

You often have to fast for these tests-please check your providers notes.

COST

Depending on the test, deductible or copay may apply.

INSURANCE

Depends on insurance coverage, deductible or copay may apply.
Supporting Our Immune System in The Wintertime
Supporting Our Immune System in The Wintertime

WHY DO WE DO THIS TEST?

Glyphosate (“Round Up”) is a pesticide that is widely used and this test indicates the body’s levels.

LOCATION PERFORMED

At home

BLOOD FLUID

Urine

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS

Glutathione for 1 week, then bath or sauna.

COST

$99 ($69 if performed with mycotoxins or environmental toxins).

INSURANCE

No insurance accepted $30 discount given if done with mycotoxins or GPL Tox.
Supporting Our Immune System in The Wintertime
Supporting Our Immune System in The Wintertime

WHY DO WE DO THIS TEST?

This test evaluates many measures including micronutrients, antioxidants, minerals, detox, overview of gut function, omegas and toxic exposure. Click here for more information.

LOCATION PERFORMED

At home.

SPECIMEN TYPE

Urine

COST

$179 – $400

INSURANCE

Depending on insurance coverage. Fully covered by Medicare.

INSTRUCTIONS

Supporting Our Immune System in The Wintertime
Supporting Our Immune System in The Wintertime

WHY DO WE DO THIS TEST?

This test evaluates the gut function and indicates microbiome balance, overgrowth, infection, inflammation, parasites and digestive efficacy. Click here for more information.

LOCATION PERFORMED

At home

SPECIMEN TYPE

Stool

COST

$179-$425 depending on insurance coverage.

INSURANCE

Depending on insurance coverage. Fully covered by Medicare.

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS

No probiotics for one week.

VIDEO INSTRUCTIONS

Supporting Our Immune System in The Wintertime
Supporting Our Immune System in The Wintertime

WHY DO WE DO THIS TEST?

This test evaluates the full menstrual cycle, female hormones, and adrenal profile.

LOCATION PERFORMED

At home

BLOOD FLUID

Urine

COST

$160-$329

INSURANCE

Depending on insurance coverage. Fully covered by Medicare.

NOTES

Must be off hormones in order to do the testing.
Supporting Our Immune System in The Wintertime
Supporting Our Immune System in The Wintertime

WHY DO WE DO THIS TEST?

This test is specifically for a tick-borne illness called “Bartonella”.

LOCATION PERFORMED

In office

BLOOD FLUID

Blood

COST

$260

INSURANCE

No insurance accepted
Supporting Our Immune System in The Wintertime
Supporting Our Immune System in The Wintertime

WHY DO WE DO THIS TEST?

This test evaluates the presence of potentially harmful heavy metals stored in the body.  Click here for more information.

LOCATION PERFORMED

At home

SPECIMEN TYPE

Urine

COST

Testing: $79 x2 paid to Doctor’s Data
DMSA: $38 paid to Johnson’s Compounding Pharmacy

INSURANCE

Not covered by Insurance
Supporting Our Immune System in The Wintertime
Supporting Our Immune System in The Wintertime

WHY DO WE DO THIS TEST?

This test measures saliva cortisol testing throughout the course of one day and informs us where there might be an adrenal imbalance.

LOCATION PERFORMED

At home

BLOOD FLUID

Saliva

COST

$80

INSURANCE

No insurance coverage

Supporting Our Immune System in The Wintertime
Supporting Our Immune System in The Wintertime

WHY DO WE DO THIS TEST?

This test is designed to look at food sensitivities (IgG immune responses). It is available in both a 99 or 184 panel. Click here for more information.

LOCATION PERFORMED

In office

SPECIMEN TYPE

Blood

COST

$129-238

INSURANCE

No insurance accepted