There are over 80 different autoimmune diseases. An autoimmune disease is when the body is so inflamed from the inside, it begins to turn on itself and begins to attack its own cells. What the body attacks determine what autoimmune disease an individual has. Some diseases that are associated with autoimmune conditions are Rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and fibromyalgia.
There are different events and circumstances that bring on an autoimmune disease. It varies from person to person. However, it has been shown that environmental exposures are linked. Environmental exposures occur when we breathe in poor quality air and eat food that has been sprayed with pesticides and chemicals. It is referred to as an antigen overload.
An antigen is a substance that enters the body. However, when this antigen enters the body the body reacts by producing antibodies. Similar to what happens when you get a vaccine. However, these substances that enter the body are not ones that we want a reaction to. Antigens can include things like toxins and bacteria.
As previously discussed, autoimmune disease is when the system no longer recognizes part of itself and begins to attack its own tissues. However, the true reason behind it is unknown. It does have to do with the factors mentioned above. A large part of functional medicine is not only getting down and treating the root cause of the disease but to live a more natural life. By living a more natural life and undergoing lifestyle changes, we change the things around us. Changing these factors will impact your body in the best way possible. An example of a lifestyle change we encourage our patients to take is to get rid of air fresheners in the home and instead replace them with some plants. Plants naturally clean the air and give off a fresh scent. Air fresheners are full of artificial fragrances that are mixed with toxins and foreign substances to the body. Click here for a study regarding this topic. It can be hard for people to adjust at first because we are conditioned to think that clean has a smell. When in reality, clean smells like nothing at all.
By getting rid of these artificial scents, we are already positively impacting our genes to alter in a way that benefits us. Another lifestyle change we want to adjust is nutrition. By switching to organic foods, grass-fed, and free-range, we are significantly reducing the number of pesticides ingested. This will reduce gut inflammation, provide more nutrients to feed your genes and your cells, as well as positively impact the genes. Additionally, we encourage our patients to increase their intake of fruits and vegetables. Not only are we feeding our genes, but we are providing proper nutrients for our body systems to properly function and make efficient energy. An added bonus of all this is the patient’s body composition begins to change in a positive manner.
The way we measure our patient’s body composition is with the InBody 770. This advanced machine provides a great deal of information for us regarding the patient. We track patients Anthropometric measurements in order to determine their lean muscle mass, fat density, visceral fat (fat surrounding the organs- a key indicator of disease risk), water percentage, and height and weight. We measure our patients every 8 weeks and keep a detailed record. These reports are great indicators for health and also assess inflammation and edema. There is more information regarding the InBody below.
The InBody is some of the best technology a clinic can offer. This information is unmatched and helps us see if the treatment protocol created for our patients is working effectively for their body. If not for treatment purposes, I still recommend patients get scanned to establish a baseline and to learn more about their body. We only get one body, so knowing about it and how to take better care of yourself should be priority. -Kenna Vaughn, Senior Health Coach
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Dr. Alex Jimenez DC, MSACP, CCST, IFMCP*, CIFM*, CTG*
Licensed in Texas & New Mexico