Is your immune system working for you, or against you?
Is Your Immune System Misbehaving?
If your immune system and your ability to balance the inflammatory forces in your body is impaired, watch out!
When your immune system is working with you it’s amazing at protecting you from invading pathogens, recognising ‘friend from foe’ and keeping you healthy. However, when this system goes haywire, it can either behave like a rebel army bent on destroying its own country, or a lazy Border patrol disinterested in protecting the frontline.
If this happens you may find yourself suffering with allergies, eczema or asthma… all signs of an over active immune response. On the other hand you may ‘catch’ every cold going and struggle with persistent and reoccurring infections, signs your immune system has packed up and gone on strike! Or maybe your immune system decides to launch an attached on its own body tissues and you develop an autoimmune disease, such as hashimoto’s, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis the list goes on.
What Causes Immune Dysregulation?
We all know that chronic stress, sleep deprivation and poor diet can weaken our immune system, but did you know that that there are numerous other factors that can impact it too. These include:
- Nutrient deficiencies (such as vitamin D and zinc)
- Food allergies, sensitivities and intolerances
- Poor digestive function (70-80% of your immune system is located in your gut lining!)
- Increased intestinal permeability (AKA leaky gut)
- Chronic infections
- Overuse of antibiotics
- Mood disorders
- Hormonal imbalances
- Environmental toxins (e.g. heavy metals, mould biotoxins)
How We Help
When faced with immune systems issues you could choose to take immuno-supressive drugs, anti-histamines and antibiotics on repeat, or you could look for and address the underlying reason why your immune system is malfunctioning in the first place, such as poor gut health, nutrient deficiencies, high stress levels and poor sleep.
At The Health Formula we take the time to dig deeper to understand what’s contributing to your immune dysregulation. This is where a Functional Medicine approach can be so helpful. We use detailed intake forms and advanced laboratory testing which allows us to look for underlying patterns of dysfunctions which can disrupt the normal function of your immune system. Then, using customised natural treatments, along with diet & lifestyle changes, we’ll provide you with actionable steps you can take to support and rebalance your immune system and get your body’s defence force back in action.