The immune system is a complex network of cells, tissues, and organs that work together to defend the body against harmful pathogens, toxins, and foreign substances. The primary role of the immune system is to protect the body from pathogens, such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites. It recognizes these invaders as foreign and mounts a defense response to eliminate them. The immune system consists of various components, including white blood cells, antibodies, and lymphoid organs, which work together to identify, neutralize, and remove pathogens, thereby safeguarding the body from infections and diseases.
Why is it important to have a CleanIMMUNE System?
Innate Immunity: The innate immune system is the body's first line of defense against pathogens. It includes physical barriers, such as the skin and mucous membranes, as well as immune cells that quickly recognize and respond to invading microorganisms.
Adaptive Immunity: The adaptive immune system is a complex network of cells and molecules that provides targeted defense against specific pathogens. It involves the production of antibodies and the activation of immune cells to eliminate pathogens and remember previous encounters for future protection.
Inflammation: The immune response often involves inflammation, which is a natural and protective response to infection or tissue damage. Inflammation helps to isolate and eliminate pathogens, remove damaged cells, and initiate the healing process. However, chronic or excessive inflammation can have detrimental effects on the body, highlighting the importance of a balanced immune response.
How does the Cleanbody Method support a CleanIMMUNE System?
There are three steps in the Cleanbody Method, and all of the steps support a CleanIMMUNE System.
STEP 1: EVALUATE
It is important for you to evaluate your immune health on a yearly basis with your healthcare practitioner. In our CleanSTART program, we will support you in investigating your immune health using lab tests such as:
Immune Function Testing: Specialized immune function tests, such as complete blood count (CBC), white blood cell differentials, and immunoglobulin levels, can assess the overall health and activity of your immune system. If you are working with our Cleanbody Team, we may discuss ordering immune function testing to understand your immune health.
STEP 2: OPTIMIZE
In Step 2 of the Cleanbody Method, we support you in optimizing your Cleanbody Pillars. The following Cleanbody Pillars support CleanIMMUNE:
CleanFOOD: Consuming a nutrient-rich diet that includes a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats supports immune system function. Key nutrients for immune health include vitamin C, vitamin D, zinc, selenium, and probiotics.
CleanFIT: Engaging in regular exercise, such as moderate-intensity aerobic activities and strength training, supports immune system function by enhancing circulation and promoting the movement of immune cells throughout the body.
CleanMIND: Chronic stress can suppress immune function. Implement stress management techniques, such as relaxation exercises, meditation, yoga, or engaging in activities that promote emotional well-being, to support a resilient immune system.
Adequate Sleep: Quality sleep is crucial for immune system health. Aim for 7-9 hours of uninterrupted sleep each night to support optimal immune function and recovery.
Hygiene Practices: Practicing good hygiene, such as regular handwashing, proper food handling, and maintaining a clean environment, helps prevent the spread of infectious agents and supports immune system health.
STEP 3: SUPPORT
In Step 3, we will explore additional supplements and treatments that can provide support in nurturing CleanIMMUNE, if needed. While a balanced diet and lifestyle are key, certain circumstances may benefit from additional interventions, including nutritional supplements, herbs and homeopathy, advanced nutrition plans, supportive treatments, and compounded medications when available for use.
Remember, the information provided here is for general guidance, and individual circumstances may vary. Consult with our Cleanbody Team in one of our CleanSTART Programs to receive personalized recommendations and support tailored to your specific needs.