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Boost immune performance through regular physical activity

Optimal immune resilience requires your immune system to have the ability to communicate throughout your whole body. The body has a variety of immune cells such as antigen presenting cells or macrophages, and their job is to continuously sample various compounds that come into the body. If they happen to sample a virus, bacterium, or…

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Support your immune resilience through your diet

Immune resilience is your body’s ability to deal with biological pathogens such as the viruses and bacteria we encounter in daily life. Our level of immune resilience determines whether or not these pathogens infect us and cause a significant and ongoing immune response. If you have an autoimmune condition, you may already be avoiding gluten,…

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Sleep: Your most powerful immune ally

Have you ever noticed that you’re more likely to get the cold or flu when you’re sleep-deprived? In all of the research studies looking at mechanisms that support immune resilience, NOTHING comes close to getting plenty of good sleep — no supplement, no diet, and no other lifestyle strategy. We’ve all heard sleep is important,…

Immune resilience and immune tolerance are closely connected

When it comes to having better defenses against viruses, bacteria, and other pathogens, it’s important to understand the concepts of immune tolerance and immune resilience, and how they relate to each other. Immune tolerance Immune tolerance refers to the immune system’s ability to appropriately respond to the environment. Proper tolerance means it does not over…

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Autoimmunity and immune resilience to viruses such as coronavirus, or COVID-19

It’s important to understand the relationship between autoimmune disease and immune resilience during a time when many people are concerned about the coronavirus, or COVID-19. But first, what is autoimmune disease? Autoimmunity is a disorder in which the immune system erroneously attacks and destroys body tissue. It’s an extremely common yet largely overlooked immune disorder…

Dear Doctor: One patient’s frank insight into brain injury, mental health, and chronic illness

Mathias Herriges is a patient who has been working with Dr. Kharrazian to manage his sports-related brain injury and related chronic health conditions. He originally shared this letter to the Kharrazian Institute Members Only Facebook group. It is shared here with his permission. This is a follow-up to my case study presented roughly 9 months…

Part I: The autoimmunity mind-body connection

(Click here to read Part II of the Autoimmunity Mind-Body Connection.) When managing a chronic health condition — pain, inflammation, hypothyroidism, an autoimmune disease — it’s easy to get caught up in the nuts and bolts of care. Strategies such as an anti-inflammatory diet, supplements, medications, sleep hygiene, exercise, and other functional medicine protocols can…

Part II: The autoimmunity mind-body connection

(To read Part 1 of the Autoimmunity Mind-Body Connection click here.) So how exactly do happiness, positivity, and socialization improve health? They profoundly influence stress levels, inflammation, and the release of feel-good chemicals, all of which play roles in autoimmune management. Social isolation, pessimistic thinking, toxic relationships, unhappy marriages, dead-end jobs, living a life without…