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Finding Balance With The Immune System

By James LaValle, RPh, CCN, MT 

One of the biggest things that can work against us when it comes to mounting a strong immune defense is increased inflammation. When your immune system is working to kill a bacteria or a virus – the immune cells themselves creates inflammatory substances. That’s part of how they fight the bugs.  If your body is already under metabolic stress (due to an unhealthy diet, being overweight or having a condition like heart disease or diabetes), the continued inflammation signaling from the immune cells can lead to metaflammation and inflammageing. Anything that causes chronic inflammation impairs our immune response and anything that prevents or fights inflammation helps it. This is why lifestyle choices like managing our weight, eating a healthy diet, getting regular physical activity and adequate sleep are so important. Many of us struggle to accomplish healthier diets and overall health-oriented lifestyles, and this is where supplemental support can help.

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The Impact of Toxins on the Immune System

The global population is constantly exposed to toxins – be it chemical, physical, or biological – which can have detrimental effects on the immune system and overall health. While the immune system is inherently capable of self-regulation following an immune response to toxin exposure, chronic exposure can strain it to the point of malfunction. This can lead to greater susceptibility to illness and infection, as well as a slower recovery process.

Impaired immune function resulting from the accumulation of toxins within the body can cause endocrine disruption and inflammatory dysregulation resulting in tangible but vague symptoms. A growing toxin burden among the population has heightened the risk of immunotoxicity, or adverse effects on local and systemic immune systems resulting from exposure to noxious substances, and sparked an increase in autoimmune illness prevalence.

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The Best Blogs of 2021

Yet another year is coming to a close, marking another groundbreaking year in medicine. 2021 continued to test the healthcare system and its dedicated professionals with COVID-19 surges and viral variants, rising cases of chronic disease, and nationwide health crises demanding immediate attention.

In line with the A4M mission to disseminate the latest knowledge in modern medicine, we strive to keep clinicians up to date and well-equipped to tackle any clinical challenge with our weekly blog articles. From the role of hormonal health in immunocompetence to the latest successes in Alzheimer’s disease therapeutics, topics featured on the A4M blog highlight essential developments in the industry. To wrap up the year, we compiled a list of our readers’ favorite blogs from 2021.

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