Key To Optimal Health – Your Immune System
Your immune system is one of the most important systems in your body, regulating protection against disease and threats including viruses, bacteria and parasites. It is here that lies the key to your optimal health.
This system can be found in various places in the body as it is a collection of structures and processes that collectively look after your immunity. Its major components include the lymph nodes, spleen, bone marrow, thymus, lymphocytes and leukocytes.
Our Army Of Soldiers
When foreign substances invade our bodies, they are detected by several types of cells that work together to recognize them. They trigger B lymphocytes to produce antibodies that lock on to the invaders to destroy the threat. Once produced, these antibodies stay in our bodies, therefore if attacked again by the same kind of invader, the antibodies are ready to do their job. As people get older, they usually become immune to more germs as the immune system comes into contact with more and more of them. That’s why adults tend to get fewer colds than kids, for example.
Compromised Immune System
Some people are born with weak immune systems. Even if you start off with a perfectly healthy immune system, disease, allergies, poor nutrition can weaken or damage your immunity. An immune system that is not working to its full potential reveals itself in a broad range of ways.
This occurs when the immune system is not as strong as normal, resulting in recurring and life-threatening infections. It can be due to a genetic disease or acquired such as in the case of HIV and AIDS, or through the use of immunosuppressive medication (for example, after an organ transplant).
The body’s immune system mistakenly attacks its own healthy organs and tissues as if it is foreign matter. Examples of this includes lupus, scleroderma and ankylosing spondylitis.
The immune system overreacts in its response, provoked by allergens in the environment. The immune response can cause symptoms such as swelling, watery eyes and sneezing. Asthma, eczema and seasonal allergies are examples of this.
Cancers of the immune system
This happens when cells grow out of control. Examples of this includes leukemia and lymphoma which are abnormal overgrowths.
Boost Your Immunity
Start here on your journey to an optimal immune system:
- Look after your gut
Many people who suffer from a compromised immune system do so as a result of leaky gut syndrome, a condition resulting that causes toxins to leak out of the digestive tract into the rest of the body. Fix your leaky gut and your immune system will benefit.
- Embark on a healthy diet
Processed food, those with added chemicals such as flavourings, refined sugars and neurotoxins such as monosodium glutamate destroy your immune system. Instead, opt for organic fruits and vegetable rich in antioxidants and vitamins.
- Get moving
Exercising is one of the best ways to boost your immune system.
- Manage stress
Chronic stress aggravates your immune system and increases inflammation. Lean some relaxation techniques and use them to achieve harmony and mental discipline.
- Nourish your body
Unfortunately, eating right is not enough. Even natural foods nowadays do not have all the vitamins, minerals and nutrients you need. Top up with good quality supplements to keep your immune system performing optimally.
A healthy immune system is not out of your reach. At Santé Sanctuary, we offer a host of treatments and programs to get you and your immunity back on track.