Immune dysfunction 101
Immune dysfunction and allergies is on the rise in babies, children and adults. Often in society we mask the symptoms of immune dysfunction, such as using corticosteroid cream for eczema, anti-histamines for hay fever and a puffer for asthma. If only the symptoms are treated there is still the underlying cause and predisposition to a hypersensitive immune response. This means, you will often develop new symptoms of immune issues, stemming from the same predisposition and weakness. For example, most children with asthma or eczema may develop hay fever as an adult, as the symptoms as a child are masked (such as a puffer and steroid cream), but the cause of immune dysfunction is not addressed, therefore the body continues to show 'new' symptoms.
Add in the emotions involved with dealing with recurring immune issues, like frustration and low self esteem, it's easy for patient's to feel unsupported and throw their hands in the air, as they feel nothing is working. As a naturopath, we delve deeper than looking just at your symptoms. We address the cause of your immune dysfunction so there is long term change, as well as giving you symptomatic relief.
Almost 1 in 5 Australian's have an allergic disease and this is increasing, according to Allergy and Immunology Foundation of Australia
1 in 9 Australians have asthma and eczema occurs in 1 in 5 children
SIGNS & SYMPTOMS OF IMMUNE DYSFUNCTION:
- Recurring colds/flus
- Cold sore flare-ups
- Hay fever
- Food intolerances
- Low Vitamin D levels
- Autoimmune diseases - Crohn's disease, Hashimoto's disease, coeliac disease,
TESTING & WHERE TO FROM HERE:
To find out what is going on with your immune system we start by changing your diet; focusing on an immune boosting diet that is anti-inflammatory, gut restorative and immune modulating to get you results, and we look at testing options. We can use a range of tests to understand exactly what is going on with your immunity. The most common tests are food intolerance testing, allergy testing, zinc testing and coeliac gene testing, as well as a full blood test
We support you with nutritional guidance, meal plans, shopping lists, recipes and a bespoke prescription pad to get your immune system in tip-top shape. Contact us now to book in your consultation