Your immune system is your body’s natural defense system against disease and illnesses. It’s evolved along with us, over millions of years, and keeps us safe from the bacteria and viruses who would love to make a meal of us! When your immune system is strong and healthy, the rest of your body benefits too! A healthy immune system is key to your overall wellbeing.
But when your immune system is weak, it leaves you susceptible to infections like the flu, bronchitis, pneumonia, urinary tract infections, fungal infections, colds, and many others. A weak immune system can also leave you vulnerable to cancer. The immune system can sometimes be over reactive as well, which creates inflammatory conditions like asthma, sinusitis, eczema, psoriasis, and arthritis.
In the most extreme cases, the immune system can begin to attack the body itself, which can cause diabetes, thyroiditis, inflammatory bowel disease (Celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis), rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, Sjögren’s syndrome, systemic lupus erythematosus, and many others.
What is Celiac Disease?
Celiac disease is an autoimmune condition where your body is hypersensitive to gluten, which is present in wheat and other grains. Though all humans should avoid gluten when possible, those who suffer from celiac disease often suffer greatly when they consume gluten.
Each person experiences reactions to celiac disease very differently, so it’s difficult to pin down a “typical” case. But if you experience any of the following symptoms, you may be suffering from celiac disease:
- Abdominal pain, especially after consuming gluten
- Constipation or diarrhea
- Weight gain or weight loss
- Heartburn or stomach pain
- Unexplained fatigue
Dr. Nardini, ND offers naturopathic health treatment for those who suffer from celiac disease.
What is Crohn’s Disease?
Crohn’s disease is an autoimmune condition where the body attacks the digestive tract, usually the small intestine. When food enters the digestive tract, your immune system will attack it, which causes a buildup of white blood cells. This causes uncomfortable inflammation.
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you may be suffering from Crohn’s disease:
- Frequent bowel movements.
- Discomfort and pain along the digestive tract.
What causes Crohn’s disease? At this point the cause is unknown, though there are several theories on the matter. Stress and food sensitivities are very often contributing factors.
Dr. Nardini, naturopathic doctor, offers naturopathic solutions to those who suffer from Crohn’s Disease.
What is Rheumatoid Arthritis?
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune condition where your immune system attacks the membranes, which line your joints. If you experience some of the following symptoms, you may be suffering from rheumatoid arthritis:
- Abnormally warm joints
- Inflammation or pain around joints
- Decreased range of motion
- Loss of appetite
If you suspect you may suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, contact Dr. Nardini, ND .
Immune System Health
Naturopathic treatment can help you strengthen your immune system and keep it in balance. After all, prevention is the best medicine, and if your immune system is strong and healthy, your body will be much better able to fight off any diseases you may encounter.
At Nardini Naturopathic we can help you to understand the contributors to an imbalanced immune system and work with you to build healthy, balanced immunity through naturopathic medicine. Call today to find out about whether our immune health solutions are right for you.
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