Does your immune system hold the key to your illnesses?

September 26, 2017 Health and Fitness

The one thing we don’t often think about when trying to get better is to treat the source of the illness; instead, we tend to treat the symptoms . Does it not seem obvious to treat the underlying cause? Additionally, we don’t consider the effect our immune system can have on our overall health, from our skin to our tolerance of certain foods, or even our moods! So what can we do to improve our immune system? Have a look at these conditions as examples and see if there is anything that you think you can do to boost your immune system and potentially treat these conditions.

Skin Conditions

Skin conditions are not just unsightly; they can make us feel very self-conscious. The main cause of skin conditions such as acne are toxins trying to leave the body. The best way to get rid of general skin conditions like this is to adjust your diet accordingly. You may find that in relation to your immune system, which is linked directly to the gut,  a simple food intolerance is the cure to your skin woes. Even something like psoriasis is classed as a disease of the immune system. You can check out westdermatology.com for some details on the various types of psoriasis. Psoriasis is, unfortunately, one of those things that cannot be cured completely, but if you treat your immune system right, by feeding it the right things, then it will have a positive impact on your immune system overall and help to calm your psoriasis.

 

Your Energy Levels

 

Do you have bouts of low energy, or  generally find yourself feeling tired all the time? Often people don’t think of their digestive system and its impact on their energy levels, but your gut and your immune system are in fact intrinsically linked. If you are feeding your body the wrong type of food, your digestive system is going to spend more time on digestion, which will have an impact on your overall energy levels and your mood. We all know the impact of feeling hungry; it leaves us ‘hangry’ and irritable. The way to counteract this is to fuel your gut with probiotics. Probiotics are good bacteria, which are essential for a healthy digestive system. When your digestive system isn’t functioning as well as it should, not only will you have issues like indigestion, IBS, or acid reflux, but it will impact on your overall mood. So get those probiotics supplements and start feeding your gut right.

 

Allergies

Another direct impact of the immune system and a lack of good bacteria in your gut, is being prone to developing allergies and catching virus’, such as the common cold. If you find yourself feeling run-down or are always the first person to catch a cold, it could very well be your gut bacteria at the heart of your problems. While eating a balanced diet is one of the cornerstones to maintaining a healthy gut and immune system, you do need to be aware of those things that you might have an intolerance to. The most common food intolerance is gluten or wheat, but people are also allergic to other foodstuffs such as celery, mustard, or nuts. You can take a food intolerance test or an online blood test from a site such as static.thriva.co to pinpoint exactly where you are going wrong in your diet.

 

Your immune system is the key to everything, and it’s all connected. It’s important to remember that, so remember the impact of the food you’re eating and its effects on your focus, mood and energy levels.

 


This post was written by, and in collaboration with – Danielle Flemmings

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I'm Sophia Whitham, a Classics graduate from Kings College London embarking on a journey into marketing with Kafoodle. A keen writer, foodie and traveller I have combined my interests into this little corner of the internet to take you on a walk in my world...❤

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