When was the last time you felt healthy?
Chronic immune dysfunction affects a growing number of individuals each year; therefore, understanding the underlying factors these diseases share will reveal a manageable plan to improve symptoms and optimize your health.
The development of the immune system begins before we are born. The health of our mother, her diet and lifestyle habits, and infections during pregnancy can have a dramatic effect on our immune system development. Starting the day we are born, the immune system must protect us from viruses, bacteria and harmful substances in our environment. As we grow, the immune system becomes adept to identifying and responding to invasions by microbes or toxins.
Autoimmune issues are on the rise and about 75% of these autoimmune conditions present themselves in women. Current science now recognizes that autoimmunity is often triggered by inflammation and various stressors in the body. When the immune system becomes overwhelmed with lifestyle and environmental triggers it becomes overloaded and begins to misfire.
What is AUTOIMMUNITY or AUTOIMMUNE?
Basically, it is an umbrella term for conditions that share the same mechanisms when the immune system attacks the body’s healthy tissue. Conditions like diabetes, Hashimoto’s, thyroiditis, celiac, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and fibromyalgia are just a few. These conditions are complex and get worse with time.
Supporting your Immune System with Lifestyle Medicine
Functional medicine works to understand the specific cause of dysfunction in a given individual, then uses simple steps to recuperate and thrive. With a functional medicine nutritionist, you will work to uncover the underlying causes of your symptoms and develop a plan to address the major factors contributing to disease. Many people experience marked improvements in longstanding symptoms and disease with simple changes to diet and lifestyle. To boost your immune system, we need to address:
- Diet & Lifestyle
- Gastrointestinal health
- Stress management
- Toxins & Environment
- Intervening on multiple levels is the best way to reach your peak immune potential
We understand that chronic immune dysfunction can have a significant effect on your quality of life. Immune issues are often blamed on “bad genes,” but in fact, it is the interaction of our genes with our environment that determines their expression and function. Our choices in diet and lifestyle, the health of our GI tract, how we manage stress and our toxic exposures all play a pivotal role in the function of our immune system. The choices you make now will have a big impact later.
At Forum Health Clarkston we work with many clients with chronic immune dysfunction let us customize a plan for you so you can start living in wellness.
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