28 Aug Healthy Gut = Healthy Immune function
The role of the immune system
Like brave soldiers, the immune system cells travel throughout the body searching for viral and bacterial infections and other foreign invaders to destroy. At the first sign of trespassers, they charge into battle. When working at its optimal best, it does a superb job of keeping your child healthy and free of illness. When you nurture the immune system it will repay you by supporting your child’s overall health and wellbeing.
How the immune system works
The immune system is a complex army powered by different types of cells, organs and tissues which work together with military precision. When the immune system encounters a foreign invader, known as a pathogen, it mounts an attack called an immune response. Antibodies are specialised proteins made by the immune system in response to an invasion. They cannot kill a pathogen but rather target and mark the invader so killer-type cells know where to launch their attack and destroy them. How does the immune system know it’s under attack? Harmful pathogens have individual identifying markers called antigens. A robust immune system is able to detect a specific antigen as it enters the body and in response produce a unique antibody. These tailor-made antibodies are able to lock onto the antigen and signal immune system headquarters to send in killer cells to destroy the pathogen.
Healthy immunity begins in the gut
Because 80 percent of the immune system is interlaced within the wall of the gut, it needs a strong leak-proof barrier to keep it safe from coming into contact with toxic substances and function effectively. In this respect the immune system and friendly bacteria work in unison to defend against foreign invaders. Nutrition is another key influence, as the immune system needs specific vitamins and minerals to keep it healthy.
Naturopathy Can Help With the following childhood conditionsFiona provides tailored health plans based on a multitude of factors relevant to your child’s symptomology (how they are feeling), pathology (how their body is responding), plus dietary and lifestyle factors.
- ✅ Digestive complaints – constipation, diarrhoea, loose stools, pain or bloating
- ✅ Allergies and allergic conditions – such as asthma, eczema or hayfever
- ✅ Poor Immunity – recurring colds or ear infections
- ✅ Skin Conditions – rashes, eczema, acne, pimples or allergic reactions
- ✅ Moods – anxiety, depression or mood swings
- ✅ Food Intolerances – identifying food reactions
- ✅ Food Allergies – identifying food reactions
- ✅ Growth and development issues – fussy eaters or nutritional malabsorption
- ✅ Behavioural challenges – ADHD or others
- ✅ Energy – poor energy or chronic fatigue
- ✅ Picky Eaters – fussy eaters
- ✅ Sleep – trouble falling asleep or staying asleep
What happens in a consultationDuring your consultation, Fiona will seek information about your pregnancy, birth and post birth experiences. This will provide an integrated view to give a full picture of the foundations of your child’s health status. You can expect to leave your consultation with a thorough understanding of the potential contributing factors of the presenting symptoms. Fiona will provide you with a comprehensive treatment plan that incorporates possible herbal/nutritional medicine, dietary/lifestyle recommendations, recipes and handouts. Plus an overview of the consultation so you feel empowered to care for your child’s wellbeing with Fiona’s guidance. At The Children’s Naturopath, Fiona Stock an expert in childhood health, she understands children’s needs and considers working with kids and teens to be an absolute joy. She finds that children typically respond to naturopathic treatment very well – bouncing back to good health in no time. And she treasures the opportunity she has to teach kids about their bodies and engage them in their health journey, setting them up with strong foundations and knowledge for life.
Meet Fiona Stock
Fiona is skilled at getting to the heart of childhood health challenges – helping to initiate lasting change.Fiona Stock is a respected Paediatric Naturopath & Children’s Nutritionist with a career spanning over 23 years. Armed with an abundance of experience and a true desire to transform your child’s health, she’ll listen closely to understand the underlying causes of their troubling condition. Fiona gets to the heart of your child’s presenting symptoms by deciphering what their body is trying to tell you. She will suggest simple and specific changes as well as herbal or nutritional medicine where required to nurture and restore your child, so they can enjoy the good health they deserve. Deeply compassionate and highly skilled, either of the Naturopathic Consultation Options with Fiona is a wonderful investment in your child’s health. If you’ve tried everything and are yet to find solutions to your child’s health challenges – this could well be the path to take.
Fiona treats the following conditions:
- ✅Poor Immunity
- ✅Poor Focus & Concentration
- ✅ Behavioural Problems
- ✅ ADHD
- ✅ Depression
- ✅ Anxiety
- ✅ Food Allergies
- ✅ Food Intolerances
- ✅ Constipation
- ✅ Diarrhoea
- ✅ Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- ✅ Tummy Pain
- ✅ Eczema
- ✅ Asthma
- ✅ Obesity
- ✅ Auto-Immune Disease
- ✅ Recurring Infections
- ✅ Fussy Eaters
- ✅ Sleep Issues
- ✅ Plus many more…
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