THE IMMUNE SYSTEM - OUR BODY'S DEFENSE - WHY IT IS SO IMPORTANT?
In a world smaller and more connected than ever before, with more and more of us travelling every year, it is becoming common for viruses to spread and affect many people.
While the world’s attention is fixed on ways to prevent exposure to the novel coronavirus COVID19, there is an equally important health issue that requires immediate attention - the importance of a healthy immune system in combating viruses.
Our modern medical system can develop vaccines and treatments fairly quickly, but we must also agree that it is most crucial to have a healthy immune system above all to fight these infections naturally.
The Flu, Cold, Coronavirus, Autoimmune Diseases - what do all these things have in common? Our immune system!
The immune system is a specialized network of cells, nodes, tissues, and organs that work together to defend us against diseases and infection. When fully optimized our immune system is able prevent infections, destroy viruses and balance good/bad bacteria levels without us ever giving this process a second thought.
Our immune system responds in two stages - the innate immune response, and the adaptive immune response. The innate immune response consists of physical, chemical and cellular defense mechanisms. It rapidly starts upon infection and helps to contain the spread and reproduction of the virus.
The second line of defense against pathogens is called adaptive immune response. Immune cells can produce antibodies against specific pathogens. The adaptive immune response occurs after and more specifically targets the virus that has infected us. The reaction is highly specific and effective. Its important goal is the creation of memory cells for long-lasting protection.
Our immune system has evolved to protect us against all viruses including coronaviruses. It is imperative, particularly at this time that we take all the necessary steps to support our immune system. Please, remember - PREVENTION IS THE BEST MEDICINE!
It is our responsibility to boost our immune system which is our primary weapon that fights all kinds of diseases.
If we needed another reason to get a good night sleep, this might be it. Sleep plays a big role in how well our immune system functions. During sleep, our body produces cytokines which are molecules that help stimulate the immune system and improve the function of immune cells known as T cells. T cells are immune cells that identify and kills viruses.
People who do not get enough sleep take longer to fight off viral infections.
Sleep has two distinct benefits in terms of boosting the immune system. First of all, getting enough sleep allows the body to naturally heal and detoxify. When we are stressed or anxious, our body releases adrenaline and cortisol which lowers our immunity.
Secondly, when we are sleeping our body produces a master hormone called melatonin, which is an incredibly underestimated hormone important to the entire body! Melatonin has many benefits, among them is to help prevent certain diseases. Inadequate amounts of sleep or even sleeping with too much light present will decrease our melatonin production which directly lowers immune response.
Good nutrition is fundamental to improving immunity. We should eat foods with high antioxidant levels. Fruits and vegetables, berries, dark greens, whole grains all contain an array of antioxidants and phytonutrients. These components can neutralize free radicals throughout the body.
Eat organic! The excessive pesticides and GMOs used in conventionally farmed products have been linked to the decades long spike in immune system and developmental disorders throughout the world. GMOs and processed foods can cause leaky gut syndrome, in which undigested proteins, sugars and fats leak from the small intestine and into the bloodstream. Leaky Gut Syndrome can cause chronic fatigue, food sensitivities, brain fog and even autoimmune conditions.
Physical activity isn't just for building muscles and helping us to de-stress — it's also an important part of being healthy and supporting a healthy immune system.
We now know that exercise makes our body stronger, increases circulation of blood, stimulates the lymphatic system and helps the body flush toxins and deliver nutrients to every cell.
On daily bases we do not think about how stress affects our ability to fight off infection, but in reality, our state of mind can have a significant impact on our health. When we are experiencing more stress, our immunity is compromised, which puts us at a higher risk of getting sick. Managing stress may help us fight germs and infection.
Stress management techniques include meditation, yoga, breathing exercises, moderate exercise such as getting outside for a walk or run, among others. In addition, research on social stress highlights the value of friendship. A few close friends can help us feel connected and stay strong through stressful times.
Water plays many important roles in our body, including supporting our immune system.
A fluid in our circulatory system called lymph, which carries important infection-fighting immune cells around the body, is largely made up of water. Being dehydrated slows down the movement of lymph, leading to an impaired immune system. Dehydration can also cause headaches and hinder our physical performance, focus, mood, digestion, heart and kidney function. These complications can increase our susceptibility to illness
Water not only keeps us hydrated, but also carries oxygen to every single one of our cells. Oxygenated cells are optimized cells!
Water is also effective in removing toxins from the body, so drinking more of it could help prevent toxins from building up and harming our immune system.
Cigarette smoke contains more than 4,000 chemicals and most of them are known carcinogens. Our body tries to fight each and every chemical as foreign bodies. This happens every time we smoke which leaves our immune system tired and unfit to fight against diseases.
There is also a very strong evidence that alcohol disrupts immune pathways and affect the body’s ability to defend against infection.
Vitamin D is especially important for immune system health. It has anti-inflammatory effects and it boosts the production of immune cells. According to the research, Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to a number of illnesses and disorders, from cancer and autoimmune disorders to cognitive disorders and Parkinson's disease.
Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant and supports various cellular functions of both the innate and adaptive immune system. Boosting our vitamin C intake through the diet is great, but for a true immune boosting protocol, Vitamin C must be administered through IV, bypassing the digestive system which creates a limit for the amount of Vitamin C that can be absorbed through digestion.
The true potential of our immune system is still unknown, but we all are aware of the vital role it plays in keeping us healthy and feeling our best.
Please return the favor and keep your immune system strong!
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