Even the word pandemic sounds ominous. Fear is eerily present now in a way never seen in recent history. People wearing masks trying to keep germs at bay, staying home to reduce exposure to pathogens—it takes a mental toll. Here’s a suggestion—realize that fear is augmented by the unknown. If you want to really take a look at how to stay healthy, learn about your immune system. Not the immune system—YOUR immune system.
How do you do that? Here’s one way—get the Micronutrient Test from SpectraCell Laboratories, which includes an immune assessment called Immunidex within its panel.
This is a blood test that actually quantifies how well your immune cells (specifically, lymphocytes) respond to something in their environment.
It isn’t something just created in response to coronavirus. This type of test—which is often called lymphocyte proliferation or lymphocyte function in the medical literature—is a very well established marker for immune function, and overall health. SpectraCell has been measuring this for over 25 years now. Most people didn’t know that the ability of your white blood cells to work at their best (meaning they can fight infections efficiently) is a quantifiable lab test. It is absolutely the most underrated aspect of SpectraCell’s micronutrient test.
In a nutshell, SpectraCell’s Micronutrient Test is a blood test that measures how deficient your cells are in over 30 different nutrients—all the familiar ones like vitamin D, zinc, magnesium, folate, etc plus many less familiar but equally important nutrients like coenzyme Q10, pantothenate, and serine. But here’s the best part—the very first step in this lab test is a measure of immune function. Since SpectraCell’s micronutrient test is performed on your lymphocytes (white blood cells responsible for fighting infections among other things), the first step requires that the lab isolate and test how well the lymphocytes are functioning, before they are evaluated for nutritional status. The result is a score called the Immunidex. Higher is better—the higher your Immunidex, the more adaptable your immune system is (translation = the better it works).
So, what does this have to do with mental health? The answer is twofold:
If you really want to quell the fear of the unknown by taking a bold step in securing your own personal cellular health, the SpectraCell micronutrient test can help you do it, and
Micronutrient deficiencies affect more than immunity, they impact mental health directly!
So, two birds, one stone scenario—by correcting micronutrient deficiencies via SpectraCell testing, you improve immune function and mental health at the same time! (not to mention a giant laundry list of other health conditions). We should all remember that micronutrient deficiencies compromise health. Period. Micronutrients are the tools our cells use to do what they are supposed to do. Without the tools (i.e. micronutrients), cells don’t work the way they are designed to and disease occurs. Micronutrients are needed for health—immune health, mental health, heart health, hormone health—they require the same tools—nutrients! In fact, the functions of nutrients totally overlap, which is why a deficiency can affect so many bodily systems. A few examples:
- Zinc and selenium: key roles in mood (mental health) + immunity to infections.
- B vitamins: needed for neurotransmitters (mental health) + reduces susceptibility to viruses.
- Vitamin D: helps stave off depression + boosts immunity.
Check out these helpful resources below!
The Role of Micronutrients in Depression
The Role of Micronutrients in Anxiety
The Role of Micronutrients in Fighting Viral Infections
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