Why Choose Desire To Live Now?
Hello, I am Tracey Mixon and I am a Functional Medicine provider with Desire To Live Now.
My mission is to help locate the cause of chronic inflammation and help to decrease it or get rid of it as naturally as possible mostly through diet and lifestyle changes.
What is inflammation?
Inflammation is the body’s response to injury and infection in order to signal the immune system to defend the body and repair damage.
The immune system is very complicated but this is how I break it down.
I am a huge fan of Sci-Fi and Fantasy. I’m that person that probably read the book two or three times before the movie or TV show was ever thought about. Knowing this you will understand my analogy of the immune system.
The first line of defense or your innate immunity is equal to a wall that is built around a village to protect it. Examples of innate immunity are your skin, gastrointestinal tract, respiratory tract, and even cilia and body hair. These walls have defense mechanisms built into them also that also help such as mucous, bile, gastric acid, saliva, tears, and sweat.
When the enemy (or antigen) attacks the wall for the first time, a primary response is activated by the chemical properties of the enemy and processed or recorded in case of future attacks by this same enemy.
This activates the second line of defense or your adaptive immunity. They are like the soldiers that patrol the wall and the village. This army of soldiers is trained to recognize and attack antigens that have been processed. They also train so that any future attacks are handled more swiftly and efficiently.
The wall’s job is to protect and process, The soldier’s job is to patrol and respond to attacks. Inflammation is the result of this process. As you see inflammation is a normal immune response.
When inflammation is excessive or chronic is when help is needed.
In the medical field, we like to use what’s called mnemonics to remember lists and processes.
The mnemonic I use when I’m investigating root causes of inflammation is the FIX NEEDS mnemonic.
F- Food Sensitivities.
Allergies are pretty straight forward. Sensitivities not so much. A food sensitivity can take from 1 hour to 1 week to show up and the effect could last up to 90 days. The more you eat the offending food the worse the symptoms get and most of the time you are not blaming it on the food at all. The symptoms can be anything from headaches, mood swings, pain, brain fog, or GI symptoms such as bloating or gas. Common sources of food sensitivities are dairy, gluten, caffeine, FODMAPS, eggs, and artificial sweeteners.
You can do an elimination diet to try to figure it out food sensitivities but it”s still easy to miss. I always recommend to test and don’t guess. We offer food sensitivity testing in order to provide a personalized elimination diet based on the foods that test to cause sensitivities. We also help with elimination diets such as the AIP diet, and the low FODMAP diet.
I-Infections and Microbial Imbalance
The average person has more microbes on and in their body than cells. They can be good, meaning they work with your soldiers to defend the body, or they can be bad meaning they are working to bring down the wall.
The soldiers work hard to defend the wall and the village. The microbes on your skin and in your gut may also work hard to protect you along with your soldiers, yet they may also overgrow and turn against your soldiers and the wall. There is a fine balance.
Then there are infections that don’t go away and seem to always hide and wait for opportunities to attack. An example of these are chronic viral infections like the Epstein Barr virus (EBV), herpes simplex virus (HSV), and bacterial infections such as e. Coli infections, Borrelia burgdorferi (Lyme’s disease). There are also chronic yeast or candida infections.
The best way to defend against these types of infections is to build up the immune system and create an environment in the body that inhibits them from thriving and attacking.
Xenobiotics are any artificial chemicals or compounds that can possibly be harmful. Examples are food additives, synthetic drugs, pollutants, plastics, herbicides, insecticides, and preservatives. There are many ways these substances can affect your immune system. When you eat, drink, inhale, or touch these substances, it can set off your immune system in a type of allergic reaction or sensitivity. Sometimes, it may not be a situation that you are allergic or sensitive to the substances in normal or small amounts but they can causes problems when your body doesn’t eliminate them well or not at all and they build up in your system. Another way they can possibly affect you if you consume or are exposed to an excessive amount of the substances at once and it overwhelms your body.
The best help for this situation is the identify the substance, stop the exposure, and detox it from your body. How to detox the substance depends on what the substance is, how much is there, and what your body is able to tolerate.
N-Nutrition Deficits or Imbalances
Proper nutrition and hydration are the most important key factors in healing. Your diet says everything about your health. Chronic nutritional or hydration deficits or imbalances are often significant root causes of inflammation or issues with slow or impaired healing.
To determine vitamin or mineral deficits or imbalances can be easily tested in order for you to determine your specific supplementation needs, IV therapy, or diet plan.
E- Endocrine Disruption
We investigate your endocrine system to check for any deficiencies or imbalances of hormones. Your hormones affect every cell of your body and pretty much have a hand in running everything. Examples of hormones that are evaluated are testosterone, estrogen, progesterone, DHEA, cortisol, thyroid hormones, and melatonin.
Epigenetics is the study of how your genes or genetics affect your health. There are genes that are passed down from our ancestors that cause illness and disease and there are environmental factors that mutate our genes like toxins and radiation that may also cause disease and illness. We identify certain gene expressions and modify their effects with diet and lifestyle modifications.
There is a saying that your genetics load the gun but diet and lifestyle pull the trigger.
There is a series of chemical reactions that every cell goes through when processing macronutrients such as carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. This process helps the cell transform these nutrients into a usable form of energy called adenosine triphosphate (ATP) and waste carbon dioxide. ATP fuels your mitochondria which is the battery pack in your cells. Dysfunctional mitochondria mean you have low or dead batteries in your cells which can cause a lot of problems, depending on the cell.
What causes dysfunctional mitochondria? Everything I’ve mentioned so for plus…
Stress whether it is real, assumed, or anticipated, affects the body just the same. Stress is a natural response, but when it’s chronic or excessive, physical, mental, and emotional symptoms occur interfering with one’s state of health.
If you want to know more about any of these topics or if you would like for me to talk to you about your health concerns feel free to request a free consultation with me.