What Is The Immune System?
What is the Immune System? How does it work? How can I support my immune system?
These are the questions I asked before I started my journey toward a healthy lifestyle. I had been blessed with relatively good health my whole life. Suddenly, at the age of 25 and six months pregnant, I moved to Michigan. Two weeks later, I caught my first Michigan cold. Six months later, I had been sick five times! I was beginning to wonder if I had any immune system at all!
Everyone said that just like a new teacher getting used to the classroom full of germs, I would soon have immunity to all the Michigan colds. Fast forward three years later and I was getting sick just as often! I felt like I was sick more than I was well! I decided it was time for a change. So I asked, "What is the immune system, and why isn't mine working?"
Immune system construction for foreign invader destruction!
“Immune system” is the term we use to describe your body’s defense against foreign bodies. It consists of vital organs, such as the thymus, spleen and lymph nodes, and cells such as white blood cells (neutrophils, macrophages, lymphocites), t-cells and b-cells.
By foreign bodies, I mean bacteria and viruses. Your immune system also has to deal with allergens, like dust and pollen. Sometimes, your immune system overreacts to a foreign body, and you get an allergic reaction to something relatively harmless.
Viruses cause colds and the flu. Your immune system has two lines of defense against bacteria and viruses. It can destroy any pathogen (a.k.a. foreign invader) even if your body has never been exposed to it before. This is your innate immunity (also known as your
primary immune response
.) But if you HAVE crossed paths with the pathogen before, your body already has defense cells waiting. You should be that much faster at fighting off infection. That is your acquired immunity.
Three years after living in Michigan, crossing paths with a pathogen of the phlegm or upchuck variety every 4-6 weeks, I figured my acquired immunity should be kicking in rather nicely. Unfortunately, I would catch a cold, it would be passed around my family and/or circle of friends, and then I’d get it AGAIN!
Thankfully, I found
natural immune system boosters
that have improved my health tremendously.
There are lots of factors that can lead to a poor immune system. By improving your diet, decreasing your stress, and staying active, you, like me, will FEAR NO COLD!
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