As a medical provider, we can help “flatten the curve” of the Coronavirus by ensuring that patients build up their immune systems. This approach starts with optimizing hormones to ensure that the body is working at optimal levels. Hormones, like testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone, help modulate various components of the immune system by acting on the cells themselves and helping them communicate. Ensuring that the body has hormone support can help promote its ability to function at optimal levels, reducing strain on essential processes, like the immune system. Once hormones are optimized, this is a great time to boost the immune system using supplements and nutraceuticals.
Testosterone and Immune Function
Women have been shown to have a heightened immune system as compared with their male counterparts. This difference in immune response may be tied to estrogen levels. Estrogen interacts with immune cells, mostly through estrogen receptors. These receptors affect multiple aspects of immune cell function, including T cell activation and multiplication. T cells are especially important because they help the body fight infection. Estrogen is also responsible for helping to regulate and boost other cells in the immune system, including neutrophils and natural killer cells. Estrogens can also alter the function of macrophages, the white blood cells that help remove foreign particles, bacteria, and viruses from the bloodstream.
While vitamin D has long been known to be essential to immune response, there may also be a relationship between progesterone, vitamin D, and the immune system. Within the immune system, vitamin D helps regulate protective T cells. Progesterone may increase T cell reception of vitamin D. This increased sensitivity to vitamin D may boost the production of these protective cells, thus creating a more robust immune system overall.
As a BioTE Certified Provider, we understand that optimizing hormones is necessary to create a strong foundation for long-term health. Providing the body with the right tools is an essential step in building a strong immune system, allowing the body to fight off infection, and perform well in stressful situations. Once hormones are balanced, patient health can be further optimized using our clinical-grade nutraceuticals and supplements.
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