How Functional Medicine Treats Autoimmune & Allergic Disorders
Autoimmune disease and allergies are conditions that make sufferers feel they were “betrayed from within” as the symptoms arise from a dysfunctional immune system.
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Functional Medicine’s Approach to Autoimmune and Allergic Disorders
From Hashimoto’s disease to Rheumatoid Arthritis and Asthma, autoimmune diseases and allergic disorders can target every major organ system and they affect millions of people in the United States. Newer medications such as biologics are injectable, costly, and may lose effect over time since the underlying problem with the immune system has not been addressed.
At Spire Health Pathways, we will help individuals calm their immune systems and help restore balance, leading to regulation of the immune system. If you are already working with a provider, we will support their efforts with nutritional and lifestyle interventions that address the root cause of your problem.
What Is Functional Medicine’s Approach to Autoimmune and Allergic Disorders?
Functional Medicine’s approach is health-oriented and is based on the knowledge that Food is Medicine. We will discuss super foods and design a food plan that supports the immune system as well as targets nutrients that are known to be most important to the immune system and the organs most affected by your particular disease. We will also promote a healthy gut because the gut is one of the first places we engage with our environment and it helps define what is “friend” or “foe”.
Autoimmune and Allergic Diseases require a look at your sleep quality and quantity and an examination of your exposure to chemicals and toxins in the environment. We will help you to determine how you can limit those exposures and how to decrease the stress and demand on your body both physically and emotionally since stress may be playing a role in the development or continuation of your symptoms.
How Does Functional Medicine for Autoimmune and Allergic Disorders Work?
Your provider will gain a deeper understanding of your symptoms and what triggers them starting with your first visit which will cover your health history and the events in your life that have made you who you are. We will look at markers of inflammation, measure nutrient levels including Vitamin D, and examine your gut health. We often recommend nutrigenomic testing to further personalize your care. These are tests of your DNA and how it is affected by nutrition as many patients with these disorders require targeted, personalized nutritional support based on their genes.
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