Did you know that over 70% of your immune system is found in your gut?
While frequent hand washing and social distancing are crucial in preventing the spread of illnesses, being mindful of the food and beverages you consume can also help support your immune system and keep you well. Taking steps to ensure your digestive system is functioning properly is an essential part of maintaining your overall health.
When food is broken down during digestion, your gut works to absorb nutrients that are used to support a variety of bodily functions and eliminate waste from your body. Healthy bacteria found in your gut is also used to stimulate the development of T‑cells, which are responsible for distinguishing your body’s cells and tissue from potentially harmful things in your body. When there is an imbalance in your gut, such as an overgrowth of “bad” bacteria, it can confuse your immune system causing it to start attacking your own cells. If your immune system is busy reacting to healthy cells, not only is it easier for you to get sick, it’s also harder for your body to recover. This is why maintaining the balance and health of your digestive system is important to protect your immune system.
The First Step - A Complete Assessment
What is causing you to have a poor immune response? Due to the reasons listed above, dietary factors and nutrient deficiencies often play a key role. Stress is also a common cause of poor immune function so an assessment of your mental wellness and ability to stress manage will also be conducted. Your Naturopathic Doctor will assess for these and any other issues through a complete assessment and physical exam. They will also advise you on any relevant blood work or laboratory testing required to uncover potential nutritional deficiencies, or related conditions. If additional testing is indicated over and above what has already been done, we will advise you accordingly.
A Customized Treatment Plan
Once the core issue(s) has been identified, your Naturopathic Doctor will formulate a treatment plan based on the most up-to-date information available. This will include one or a combination of the following:
- Diet and Nutrition
- Vitamins and natural supplementation
- Herbal medicine
- Stress management and lifestyle changes
- IV Vitamin Drips
You will also receive follow appointments which are spread out and conducted to reassess your progress and ensure that you are on the road to better immune health. Regular modifications to your plan along with continual support and encouragement will be provided so you can stay on track to acheiving long lasting improvements.
The Result? Benefits of working to improve the health of your immune system are life long. Engaging in the healthy lifestyle practices we recommend for our patients often leads to a better state of mental health, increased energy levels, better work and home life productiveness, more effective stress management skills and an improved overall sense of optimal health and wellness
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