A balanced, well-functioning immune system is essential to good health.
The human body is constantly under attack from bacteria, microbes, toxins and parasites but thankfully a healthy immune system is able to ward off most infections without us even realising it.
The immune system is generally very good at fighting off acute infections such as colds and flu. However, if you are one of those people that experience frequent illnesses or you take a long time to recover (more than 4-5 days) you may benefit from herbal or nutritional support at the first signs of illness to help to reduce the severity and frequency of infection.
For example, in a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, the herb Andrographis paniculata significantly reduced the duration of cold symptoms compared to placebo. By day four of the cold, the Andrographis group reported only mild symptoms whereas the placebo group reported moderate symptoms of shivering, fatigue and muscular aches. At Inner Vitality, we offer online consultations, so that when you are sick you can receive naturopathic care from the comfort of your own home… you can even stay in your PJs.
When the immune system does not function properly allergies, hypersensitivity or intolerances to certain foods and substances can occur. Frustratingly the triggers for intolerances are not always obvious. Symptoms can be delayed for several days or may only occur once a certain threshold of exposure has been reached. This makes it very difficult to identify the offending substances. We use a variety of tools to assist you to identify your food intolerances including the in-clinic Food Detective test.
Another sign of immune dysfunction is autoimmune disorders such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Coeliac disease, rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus just to name a few. This occurs when the immune system mistakenly identifies parts of the body as an invader and attacks healthy tissue reducing its normal function and causing inflammation.
With 70% of the entire immune system located in the gut, a healthy digestive system is the basis of a robust immune system. However, the health of our digestive system is highly reactive to pollutants and toxins from our environment, our diet, stress and other unhealthy lifestyle choices. Removing irritants and allowing the gut to heal can go a long way towards improving your immune status.
Contact the Adelaide naturopathic clinic to discuss your acute or chronic immune conditions today and start feeling good again.
Hancke J et al 1995 ‘Decrease of Symptoms and Improvement in the Recovery from Common Colds’, Phytotherapy Research, 9, pp.559-562