Heading into the busy holiday season when no one has time for lingering colds, the flu or recurring infections. It's not too late to fortify your immune system. But where do you start? Here are a few ways.
What does a weakened immune system look like?
9 Signs of a weak immune system
Frequent colds and other infections: It is normal for adults to have two to three episodes of a cold or infection a year and recover in seven to 10 days. Those with a weak immune system tend to have frequent episodes and may take longer to recover.
Digestive problems: Many scientists believe the root cause of most diseases is a weak digestive system. Signs and symptoms of a weak immune system and digestive symptoms include frequent diarrhea, constipation, bloating, etc.
Delayed wound healing: If the immune system is weak, wounds take longer to heal following inflammation, trauma, or surgery, and increase the risk of infection.
Easy fatigability: It is normal to feel tired after a long day. Those with a weakened immune system tend to feel tired or fatigued constantly despite getting adequate rest.
Skin infections: The skin is the first barrier of the body. A weak immune system can damage the skin barrier, resulting in frequent skin rashes, inflammation, infection, or dry skin.
Autoimmune diseases: In autoimmune diseases, the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks its own cells. When the immune system is weak, there is overactivity or abnormally low activity of the immune system. If the immune system is overactive, it increases the risk of autoimmune diseases.
Delayed growth and development: Weakened immunity may result in delayed growth and development in children.
Blood disorder and blood cancer: Some blood disorders indicate a weak immune system, such as anemia, hemophilia (bleeding disorder), blood clots, and blood cancers (leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma).
Organ inflammation: Organ inflammation can weaken the body’s immune system. Organ inflammation could happen due to injury, toxins, pathogens, trauma, heat, etc. Any injury to the body tissues that result in inflammation is a sign of a weakened immune system.
What tests measure the strength of my immune system?
If you have experienced any of the above symptoms, it's an easy process to delve a little deeper with testing. From simple urine-based vitamin tests to comprehensive blood work processed in a lab, Precision Wellness has a number of resources available to you. Begin with a consultation with our healthcare team if you want to pursue testing.
What Vitamins boost immune system?
Source: National Institutes of Health:
Consuming adequate amounts of several vitamins and minerals—including vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E, selenium, and zinc—is important for proper immune function, and clinical deficiencies of these nutrients weaken immunity and can increase susceptibility to infections. Other ingredients (whether provided through foods or dietary supplements), such as botanicals and probiotics, are not essential in the body but might positively affect immune function.
How do IV Vitamin Infusions boost immune systems?
According to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control, about one in ten Americans are deficient in key vitamins and minerals, correlating to identifiable trends in healthiness over time. Concurrently, the report also found that water-soluble and orally-taken vitamin supplements have only some effect on mediating nutritional deficiencies.
As it turns out, taking a fistful of vitamins and minerals in the morning isn’t the quick fix many of us hope for. Because oral vitamin supplements must be digested, chances are, you’ll only absorb about 40% of the vitamins you take. The rest will be discarded as waste.
The benefit offered by IV hydration therapy is that it delivers a nourishing fluid solution directly to your vein, sending a high concentration of key vitamins and minerals straight to the bloodstream, where your cells can reap their benefits immediately. In a recent Joe Rogan interview, biomedical scientist and nutritional health expert Dr. Rhonda Patrick concurred, adding that while oral supplements might have some effect on supporting your immune system, IV treatments, like IV vitamin C, are best for long term results and therapeutic treatment.
While IV therapy also hydrates your body, Precision Wellness has designed custom formulas specifically catered to keep you healthy, drawing on key vitamins and minerals needed to boost immunity, like those found in our Immunity Warrior IV.
What is in Precision's Immunity Warrior?
Protect yourself from potential illness and bounce back faster after being sick.
The Immunity Warrior IV supports your immune system and includes a combination of Vitamin C, B12, B Complex, Magnesium and Zinc to help combat illnesses. Add Glutathione for a powerful antioxidant. Vitamin C, Magnesium and Zinc are powerful nutrients that strengthen your immune system and reduce inflammation. Glutathione is a powerful antioxidant. This drip is perfect to fight viruses, bacteria, and seasonal allergies.
IV hydration therapy can deliver a variety of nutrients directly into the bloodstream, which can be beneficial for the immune system, especially if there are deficiencies. Here's how the ingredients in the Immunity Warrior support immune function:
Lactated Ringers: This is a solution that contains a mix of electrolytes and is similar in composition to the body's own fluid balance. It's used to treat dehydration and electrolyte imbalances. Proper hydration and electrolyte balance are crucial for maintaining the overall health of cells, including those of the immune system.
Vitamin C: Known for its immune-boosting properties, vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps protect cells from damage by free radicals. It also supports the function of various immune cells and enhances their ability to protect against infection. Vitamin C is also important for the skin’s defense system and acts as an antioxidant to help strengthen the barriers against pathogens.
Vitamin B12: This vitamin is essential for the production of red blood cells and DNA synthesis. It also plays a role in the proper functioning of the nervous system. While B12 is not directly known for enhancing immune response, a deficiency in B12 can lead to anemia, which can weaken the immune system.
B Complex: The B vitamins in a B complex can have various effects on immune health. For example, vitamin B6 is vital to supporting biochemical reactions in the immune system. B vitamins can help to maintain good health and aid in the fight against infections.
Magnesium: Magnesium is a cofactor for hundreds of enzymatic processes in the body and is important for natural killer cell activity and lymphocyte proliferation. It plays a role in the immune response, and a deficiency in magnesium has been linked to impaired immune function.
Zinc: Zinc is crucial for normal development and function of cells mediating innate immunity, neutrophils, and NK cells. It has a role in the development of adaptive immunity with both B-lymphocytes and T-lymphocytes requiring zinc for their development and activation. A deficiency can lead to a weakened immune response.
Glutathione: Often referred to as the master antioxidant, glutathione plays a critical role in reducing oxidative stress, protecting cells from free radicals, and supporting the immune system. It can help fortify cells against viral infections and may support the optimal functioning of both innate and adaptive immunity.