Your immune system defends your body against attack from viruses, harmful bacteria, pathogens, or diseases that you come in contact with. But this complex system of defense can be compromised or imbalanced by many lifestyle factors, including food allergies, toxins, and sudden illness or viruses.
Autoimmune disorders cause havoc with your health since your immune system is malfunctioning, attacking and damaging its own healthy tissues instead of the harmful invaders it’s meant to attack. Dealing with this kind of illness can be challenging as your body’s defense systems are working against it. If left untreated, serious medical issues may occur and even organ damage.
There are hundreds of autoimmune illnesses, each of which have their own unique symptoms. Symptoms of Autoimmune Thyroid Diseases can include depression, fluctuations in weight, difficulty sleeping, and anxiety. Celiac Disease manifests itself through digestive problems neurological issues, rashes, and the sudden loss of control of your body’s movements. Those suffering from Rheumatoid Arthritis will often notice symmetric joint problems the wrists and hands.
Recently, I had a 10 year old girl who was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease. I bring this up because it’s of value to understand that autoimmune is not just an adult problem. As a mom I feel sad by the fact this will become more common diagnoses for our youth. Utilizing functional medicine is the key in this locked system of autoimmunity.
I use a functional blood/urine testing, conventional blood tests and a detailed discussion of your symptoms and history, to help diagnose your autoimmune disease and then map out an effective treatment plan, that we can execute together with plenty of support and guidance.
Healing autoimmune illness is a special blend of changes to your diet, stress levels, and incorporating natural medicines and lifestyle adjustments, to restore and retrain your immune system, so that you can experience vibrant health again.
If you have been experiencing symptoms that may be connected with autoimmune diseases and are looking for answers, schedule an appointment with Modern Health KC today!