Promote Immune Health – IntelliScience

AltLife’s IntelliScience approach is designed to restore your
health by acting on the root causes that are impacting your
body’s ability to function healthily

Immunity is our body’s ability to keep us safe from disease-causing agents like microbes etc., and to ward off the pathogens that have entered the body. So, better the immunity, the healthier the body is! Immune health or levels of immunity of a person is determined by the abundance and potential of immune cells (mainly B-cells and T-cells). So, to keep the immune system functioning properly, it is essential to keep the production of immune cells efficient.

At AltLife, we take a three-pronged approach to strengthen one’s immunity:

  1. Reduce metabolic imbalance and increase the production of immune cells
  2. Improve cellular health and hence optimize cellular function
  3. Providing the essential nutrients that are important to fuel immune health like – ascorbic acid (Vitamin C), Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Folates, Antioxidants, Zinc, Selenium and Iron.

Our programs integrate these goals with every aspect of your daily life that has an impact on Immunity.

Food & Nutrition

We nourish both body and mind to establish harmony. Powered by our AI based platform – ANA (AltLife NutriSmart AI) –
our meals are designed to ensure:

  • Inclusion of the right mix of macro & micro nutrients based on the AltLife Nutrition Approach (LCHF focus) to improve and strengthen one’s Immunity

  • Inclusion of prebiotics and probiotics to strengthen our gut microbiome

  • Inclusion of natural antioxidants, anti-inflammatory nutrients and adaptogens to reduce oxidative stress and inflammation

  • Inclusion of completely organic, unprocessed & toxin-free ingredients to ensure no harmful chemicals and disguised High Fructose Corn Syrup and other harmful additives enter your system

  • Inclusion of the right amount of all essential nutrients to ensure good health and satisfy the respective Dietary Reference Intakes (DRI)

The program structure ensures that you eat at the right time of the day in sync with your body’s circadian rhythm and ensure effective cellular health maintenance.

Behavioural Science

We seamlessly track all the changes and progress
that your body undergoes in a convenient, effective manner –
with regular diagnostics and a highly intuitive app.

Any lifestyle solution is only as effective as it is sustainable. To drive adoption and deliver lasting changes to your lifestyle, every solution component has been thoughtfully reinforced with concepts from behavioural science.

Regular tracking and logging of activities is one such example. Observing continuous changes to your body creates a virtuous cycle of adherence and better outcomes.

Our regular diagnostic tests help you keep track of where you need to improve. At the same time, our early warning indicators help you proactively course correct.

The program structure ensures that you eat at the right time of the day in sync with your body’s circadian rhythm and ensure effective cellular health maintenance.

Immunity Decoded

Here are some Frequently Asked Questions to help you understand
the AltLife approach to improve Immune Health.

Immunity is extremely essential for our body to not only fight diseases but also to safeguard the body from any possible future pathogen encounter. Our body remembers certain infections and creates and saves antibodies against them for future use. Immunity or defense system of our body is a complex process with a series of mechanisms. Pathogens can enter from anywhere or can be of varying strengths. Therefore, our body has designed our immune response in multiple layers called as the ‘lines of defense’. Skin is our first line of defense. There are certain signs to understand that your body has become weak or the immunity levels have down:

  • You catch cold more often than usual
  • You fall sick and feel nauseated often
  • The wounds take longer than usual to heal
  • You feel skin drying, along with the palette of the mouth
  • Your body temperature stays a little higher than normal most of the times
  • The heartbeats are faster than usual.
  • You feel stressed or even angry most of the times
  • You experience gastrointestinal issues

Weakened immune system can lead to various pathogenic diseases caused by bacteria, viruses, molds, etc. Apart from making our body susceptible to various infectious diseases, weak immunity may also have various other implications like – disrupted gut health (gut and immune functions work closely and support each other in functions); onset of various lifestyle diseases stemming from obesity (caused by inflammation), frequent allergy from various allergens like food, animals, pollens, etc., autoimmune disorders where immune system malfunction can lead to immune cells destroying body’s own cells (examples include Rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimoto disease, Type 1 Diabetes, etc.), inflammation caused in the blood vessels can also cause damage in the brain and may in extreme situation lead to brain dysfunctions.

The major cause of immune health disruption lies in non-consumption of a healthy diet consisting of essential nutrients for well-functioning cellular machinery.  Inflammation is many times attributed to improper eating patterns like binge eating, relying much on processed and packaged foods, increased sugar intake, too much stress and many more similar lifestyle-related reasons. Other factors that may decide the immune health include vaginal or cesarean birth, drug use/abuse, unhygienic conditions and habits or improper biological clock pattern.

  • Diet that lacks the nutrients like antioxidants, Vitamin C, iron, folic acid, etc. that are important for maintaining immune health
  • Recent infection or inflammation. Recent recovery from surgery.
  • Chronically increasing stress
  • Pregnancy
  • Lack of proper hygiene
  • Regular consumption of certain drugs including antidepressants.
  • Sleeping disorders and/or unmanaged sleeping routines leading to disruption of body clock.
  • Excess alcohol intake and/or smoking.

Absolutely! With few efforts and tweaks in the dietary plan, it is possible to restore the normal count and efficiency of the immune cells. Our immune system is closely linked to the well-functioning of other body organs like – thymus (that helps in formation and maturation of T cells), bone marrow (helps in the formation and maturation of B cells), spleen (helps in storage of matured immune cells), and lymph nodes (helps in transportation of immune cells to different parts of the body through the lymphatic system and nodes). With working towards improving cellular health and reducing the ill-impacts of oxidative stress in the body it is possible to improve the levels of immunity in our body.

Lifestyle interventions for managing and improving immune health are an effective way to have a healthy body. Dietary modifications help in the administration of nutrients like Vitamins A, D, C, E and K, folic acid, minerals like zinc, selenium and iron, that are essential for healthy growth and development/maturation of immune cells including B-cells and T-cells. Regularly indulging in moderate physical activity that includes cycling, swimming, running, brisk walking, strength training and HIIT etc., have been proved to be beneficial for healthy immune cell growth and improving the overall cellular health. Mindful meditation and yoga practices trigger the restfulness and stress-relief for our immune system, helping in easing out the function. Even though the response of lifestyle changes on immune health can be different for different individuals, the effects are certain and some tweaks in daily routines are way better than popping pills for better health.

Our body likes to be in a state of equilibrium, ensuring good health, called Homeostasis. Our central nervous system (Brain and Spine) constantly gets inputs from different parts of the body and responds with direction on the right action to take.

BALANCED METABOLIC PROCESSES

  • Maintenance of blood sugar levels at the appropriate levels (counterbalance between insulin & glucagon)
  • Regulating how much we eat to ensure we only consume adequate levels of food (leptin feedback loop)
  • Cleansing the metabolic by-products that impact health, if present (arterial plaque, beta amyloid deposits in the brain)
  • Well-functioning Thyroid gland that plays a role in optimum metabolism

OPTIMUM CELLULAR HEALTH & FUNCTION

  • Healthy cellular membranes (membranes of the cell, nucleus, & mitochondria)
  • Optimizing for Mitochondrial health & function (energy generation process)
  • Controlling chronic inflammation and managing oxidative stress (Reactive Oxygen Species caused damage)
  • Recycling old/weak cells and generation of new cells (autophagy)
  • Measuring cellular function/efficiency and if function is reducing beyond an extent, invoking cell suicide (apoptosis)

STRONG DEFENCE CAPABILITY

  • Efficient & effective immune system that helps the body deal with harmful pathogens (viruses, bacteria) and toxins
  • Stem cell availability to help with repair of key organs in case of damage
  • Preserving DNA sanctity and reduction in loss of fidelity and function in newer cells
  • Presence of the beneficial bacterial species in our gut (gut microbiome)
  • Ensuring the right levels of circulatory system capability (angiogenesis)

Every day we make choices – some bad and some good. However, over the years when we keep making bad choices, we end up challenging our body’s ability in ensuring good health. While the body does its best to ensure issues are resolved, over the years these issues pile up and affect our three vital functions which in turn manifest as various lifestyle conditions:

1. Imbalance in the Metabolic Processes

Over time, due to the wrong food choices we made, we start producing more glucose than we require. Glucose production is directly linked to what we eat and the extent of stress we face. Our body starts producing more and more insulin – the glucose regulator, to take care of the excess glucose. A constant excess production of insulin in the body leads to a decrease in sensitivity towards insulin. This condition is called “Insulin Resistance (IR)”.

Insulin Resistance(IR) leads to the creation of a vicious cycle, where, to compensate for the loss in sensitivity, the body produces more insulin thereby further decreasing its efficiency in glucose regulation. Over time, this leads to a conversion of the extra glucose into fat which drives obesity. Another major factor in developing IR is the lack of adequate physical activity. Having more muscle mass helps in the absorption of excess glucose and hence arrests development of IR.

Our liver does the bulk of heavy lifting in processing the food we ingest and converting the extra glucose to fats. With more glucose getting converted to fats, the liver starts accumulating some of this fat and this leads to excess fat depositions in the liver. This condition is called ‘Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease’.

A combination of reduced flexibility of our vasculature and factors that increase the blood volume drives onset of high blood pressure. This gets impacted by obesity and in turn has an impact on cardio-vascular disease. Lack of adequate physical activity also impacts this condition.

Our lifestyle choices also lead to increases in the small/dense LDL & triglycerides, while the protective HDL in our blood reduces. In addition, lack of appropriate nutrients in our diet, results in increasing inflammation in the body by the reactive oxygen species (ROS). ROS are byproducts of our energy production cycle which react with the small/dense LDL and lead to arterial plaque. This over time increases our cardio-vascular risks.

While all this is happening our blood sugar could still be in control, but the metabolic imbalance would have already started. As this continues, the IR worsens, and our pancreas maxes out on the amount of Insulin it can produce. This is when we eventually get diagnosed with pre-diabetes or diabetes due to the rising blood sugar levels.

Higher insulin resistance also impacts cleansing of the metabolic by-products – beta amyloid and tau protein in the brain. Over time, it impacts the nutrition of our neurons and leads to decline in our cognitive capabilities and could develop into Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Lack of adequate and quality sleep also impacts the cleansing of metabolic waste from our bodies.

Metabolic & hormonal imbalances including insulin resistance are also at play in the onset of PCOS.

2. Reduced Cellular Health & Function

Our cellular health and function depend a lot on the right mix of nutrients we consume. In the absence of the right nutrient mix, various building blocks of the cell and the human body do not function properly.

Our cell and mitochondrial membranes play a critical role in cellular health and function. These are bi-lipid membranes made of fat. In the absence of the right quantity and quality of fats and other nutrients, the membranes do not form properly and hence do not function at optimum levels.

Our DNA, genome and epigenome also play a critical role. In the absence of the right nutrients, as cells replicate, there is a loss in the fidelity and function of the epigenome. This eventually leads to an increased risk of losing the genome sanctity, giving rise to mutations, and hence to higher susceptibility to disease.

Our cellular health also has an indirect role in impacting our metabolism.

 3. Weakened Body Defense Mechanisms

Our immune system which forms the core of our defense mechanism, comprises various defense departments such as Macrophages, Natural Killer Cells, T Cells etc. It is critical in ensuring our body can fight against dangerous pathogens while also dealing with damaging toxins. It is imperative that we develop, nurture and maintain a high level of immunity to protect us against diseases and maintain good health. Lack of adequate nutrients impacts our immunity.

Stem cells play a critical role in re-building of the various cellular components. Without the right nutrition, our ability to maintain and nurture stem cells is compromised. This reduces our ability to fight diseases and repair damages.

Our body is a host to trillions of good bacteria. Most of these reside in our gut. The presence of the right diversity and density of gut bacteria plays a significant role in the quality of our metabolism and in ensuring a good emotional balance. However, without the right nutrients and with exposure to harmful toxins (includes antibiotics), this balance in our gut microbiome gets impacted, thereby affecting our metabolism.

Immunity is extremely essential for our body to not only fight diseases but also to safeguard the body from any possible future pathogen encounter. Our body remembers certain infections and creates and saves antibodies against them for future use. Immunity or defense system of our body is a complex process with a series of mechanisms. Pathogens can enter from anywhere or can be of varying strengths. Therefore, our body has designed our immune response in multiple layers called the ‘lines of defense’. Skin is our first line of defense. There are certain signs to understand that your body has become weak or the immunity levels have down:

  • You catch cold more often than usual
  • You fall sick and feel nauseated often
  • The wounds take longer than usual to heal
  • You feel skin drying, along with the palette of the mouth
  • Your body temperature stays a little higher than normal most of the times
  • The heartbeats are faster than usual.
  • You feel stressed or even angry most of the times
  • You experience gastrointestinal issues

The weakened immune system can lead to various pathogenic diseases caused by bacteria, viruses, molds, etc. Apart from making our body susceptible to various infectious diseases, weak immunity may also have various other implications like – disrupted gut health (gut and immune functions work closely and support each other in functions); onset of various lifestyle diseases stemming from obesity (caused by inflammation), frequent allergy from various allergens like food, animals, pollens, etc., autoimmune disorders where immune system malfunction can lead to immune cells destroying body’s own cells (examples include Rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimoto disease, Type 1 Diabetes, etc.), inflammation caused in the blood vessels can also cause damage in the brain and may in extreme situation lead to brain dysfunctions.

The major cause of immune health disruption lies in non-consumption of a healthy diet consisting of essential nutrients for well-functioning cellular machinery.  Inflammation is many times attributed to improper eating patterns like binge eating, relying much on processed and packaged foods, increased sugar intake, too much stress and many more similar lifestyle-related reasons. Other factors that may decide the immune health include vaginal or cesarean birth, drug use/abuse, unhygienic conditions and habits, improper biological clock pattern, etc.

  • Diet that lacks the nutrients like antioxidants, Vitamin C, iron, folic acid etc. that is important for maintaining immune health
  • Recent infection or inflammation. Recent recovery from surgery.
  • Chronically increasing stress
  • Pregnancy
  • Lack of proper hygiene
  • Regular consumption of certain drugs including antidepressants.
  • Sleeping disorders and/or unmanaged sleeping routines leading to disruption of the body clock.
  • Excess alcohol intake and/or smoking.

Absolutely! With few efforts and tweaks in the dietary plan, it is possible to restore the normal count and efficiency of the immune cells. Our immune system is closely linked to the well-functioning of other body organs like – thymus (that helps in formation and maturation of T cells), bone marrow (helps in the formation and maturation of B cells), spleen (helps in storage of matured immune cells), and lymph nodes (helps in transportation of immune cells to different parts of the body through the lymphatic system and nodes). With working towards improving cellular health and reducing the ill-impacts of oxidative stress in the body it is possible to improve the levels of immunity in our body.

Lifestyle interventions for managing and improving immune health are an effective way to have a healthy body. Dietary modifications help in the administration of nutrients like Vitamins A, D, C, E and K, folic acid, minerals like zinc, selenium and iron, that are essential for healthy growth and development/maturation of immune cells including B-cells and T-cells. Regularly indulging in moderate physical activity that includes cycling, swimming, running, brisk walking, strength training and HIIT etc., have been proved to be beneficial for healthy immune cell growth and improving the overall cellular health. Mindful meditation and yoga practices trigger the restfulness and stress-relief for our immune system, helping in easing out the function. Even though the response of lifestyle changes on immune health can be different for different individuals, the effects are certain and some tweaks in daily routines are way better than popping pills for better health.

Our body likes to be in a state of equilibrium, ensuring good health, called Homeostasis. Our central nervous system (Brain and Spine) constantly gets inputs from different parts of the body and responds with direction on the right action to take.

BALANCED METABOLIC
PROCESSES

  • Maintenance of blood sugar levels at the appropriate levels (counterbalance between insulin & glucagon)
  • Regulating how much we eat to ensure we only consume adequate levels of food (leptin feedback loop)
  • Cleansing the metabolic by-products that impact health, if present (arterial plaque, beta amyloid deposits in the brain)
  • Well-functioning Thyroid gland that plays a role in optimum metabolism

OPTIMUM CELLULAR HEALTH
& FUNCTION

  • Healthy cellular membranes (membranes of the cell, nucleus, & mitochondria)
  • Optimizing for Mitochondrial health & function (energy generation process)
  • Controlling chronic inflammation and managing oxidative stress (Reactive Oxygen Species caused damage)
  • Recycling old/weak cells and generation of new cells (autophagy)
  • Measuring cellular function/efficiency and if function is reducing beyond an extent, invoking cell suicide (apoptosis)

STRONG DEFENCE
CAPABILITY

  • Efficient & effective immune system that helps the body deal with harmful pathogens (viruses, bacteria) and toxins
  • Stem cell availability to help with repair of key organs in case of damage
  • Preserving DNA sanctity and reduction in loss of fidelity and function in newer cells
  • Presence of the beneficial bacterial species in our gut (gut microbiome)
  • Ensuring the right levels of circulatory system capability (angiogenesis)

Every day we make choices – some bad and some good. However, over the years when we keep making bad choices, we end up challenging our body’s ability in ensuring good health. While the body does its best to ensure issues are resolved, over the years these issues pile up and affect our three vital functions which in turn manifest as various lifestyle conditions:

1. Imbalance in the Metabolic Processes

Over time, due to the wrong food choices we made, we start producing more glucose than we require. Glucose production is directly linked to what we eat and the extent of stress we face. Our body starts producing more and more insulin – the glucose regulator, to take care of the excess glucose. A constant excess production of insulin in the body leads to a decrease in sensitivity towards insulin. This condition is called “Insulin Resistance (IR)”.

Insulin Resistance(IR) leads to the creation of a vicious cycle, where, to compensate for the loss in sensitivity, the body produces more insulin thereby further decreasing its efficiency in glucose regulation. Over time, this leads to a conversion of the extra glucose into fat which drives obesity. Another major factor in developing IR is the lack of adequate physical activity. Having more muscle mass helps in the absorption of excess glucose and hence arrests development of IR.

Our liver does the bulk of heavy lifting in processing the food we ingest and converting the extra glucose to fats. With more glucose getting converted to fats, the liver starts accumulating some of this fat and this leads to excess fat depositions in the liver. This condition is called ‘Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease’.

A combination of reduced flexibility of our vasculature and factors that increase the blood volume drives onset of high blood pressure. This gets impacted by obesity and in turn has an impact on cardio-vascular disease. Lack of adequate physical activity also impacts this condition.

Our lifestyle choices also lead to increases in the small/dense LDL & triglycerides, while the protective HDL in our blood reduces. In addition, lack of appropriate nutrients in our diet, results in increasing inflammation in the body by the reactive oxygen species (ROS). ROS are byproducts of our energy production cycle which react with the small/dense LDL and lead to arterial plaque. This over time increases our cardio-vascular risks.

While all this is happening our blood sugar could still be in control, but the metabolic imbalance would have already started. As this continues, the IR worsens, and our pancreas maxes out on the amount of Insulin it can produce. This is when we eventually get diagnosed with pre-diabetes or diabetes due to the rising blood sugar levels.

Higher insulin resistance also impacts cleansing of the metabolic by-products – beta amyloid and tau protein in the brain. Over time, it impacts the nutrition of our neurons and leads to decline in our cognitive capabilities and could develop into Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Lack of adequate and quality sleep also impacts the cleansing of metabolic waste from our bodies.

Metabolic & hormonal imbalances including insulin resistance are also at play in the onset of PCOS.

2. Reduced Cellular Health & Function

Our cellular health and function depend a lot on the right mix of nutrients we consume. In the absence of the right nutrient mix, various building blocks of the cell and the human body do not function properly.

Our cell and mitochondrial membranes play a critical role in cellular health and function. These are bi-lipid membranes made of fat. In the absence of the right quantity and quality of fats and other nutrients, the membranes do not form properly and hence do not function at optimum levels.

Our DNA, genome and epigenome also play a critical role. In the absence of the right nutrients, as cells replicate, there is a loss in the fidelity and function of the epigenome. This eventually leads to an increased risk of losing the genome sanctity, giving rise to mutations, and hence to higher susceptibility to disease.

Our cellular health also has an indirect role in impacting our metabolism.

 3. Weakened Body Defense Mechanisms

Our immune system which forms the core of our defense mechanism, comprises various defense departments such as Macrophages, Natural Killer Cells, T Cells etc. It is critical in ensuring our body can fight against dangerous pathogens while also dealing with damaging toxins. It is imperative that we develop, nurture and maintain a high level of immunity to protect us against diseases and maintain good health. Lack of adequate nutrients impacts our immunity.

Stem cells play a critical role in re-building of the various cellular components. Without the right nutrition, our ability to maintain and nurture stem cells is compromised. This reduces our ability to fight diseases and repair damages.

Our body is a host to trillions of good bacteria. Most of these reside in our gut. The presence of the right diversity and density of gut bacteria plays a significant role in the quality of our metabolism and in ensuring a good emotional balance. However, without the right nutrients and with exposure to harmful toxins (includes antibiotics), this balance in our gut microbiome gets impacted, thereby affecting our metabolism.