The Immune System
The immune system is the body’s defense against infection
When the immune system is functioning properly, people take it for granted because it’s doing its job – preventing illnesses caused by germs, viruses and bacteria. When the immune system becomes compromised, people may suffer from chronic illness that negatively affects their quality of life. At our functional medicine clinic near Milwaukee, our team addresses a compromised immune system from many different angles, always creating an individualized treatment plan for each patient.
Several factors can weaken the immune system
A healthy immune system is comprised of a variety of cells that work together to protect the body from viral infections, fungi, bacteria and parasites; however, there are several factors that can depress the immune system and cause it to function poorly. These include:
- Exposure to environmental or occupational chemicals or toxins
- Lack of sleep
- Excessive alcohol
- A diet high in saturated fats and/or refined sugar
- A protein deficiency
Chronic illnesses put extra stress on the immune system
Chronic illnesses, diseases like AIDS and primary immunodeficiency diseases that are caused by genetic abnormalities target the immune system. Other chronic illnesses, diseases and conditions can also weaken the immune system. These include:
- Multiple sclerosis
- Chronic candidiasis
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Chemical sensitivities
- Allergies and illnesses caused by toxic mold
- Lyme disease
The importance of good nutrition and proper supplements
Nutritional deficiencies can also impact the immune system. At our functional medicine clinic near Milwaukee, we understand the importance of good nutrition. We create individualized nutrition plans that includes supplements to provide vitamins and nutrients that people are often missing in their diet.
Our team tests patients to determine what nutritional deficiencies exist and need to be addressed.
We employ a variety of tools to strengthen the immune system
When patients come to our functional medicine clinic near Milwaukee, they can expect to be treated as a whole person, instead of just a series of symptoms. Our team works together to determine what is weakening the immune system and devise a treatment plan to help.
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