Everyone is born with a miraculous immune system created to protect you. Your immune system is designed to protect you, but you also need to protect your immune system.
The immune system is a large, complex network of white blood cells, proteins (antibodies), glands, tissues, and organs that work together to help you fight infections and diseases, bacteria, viruses, parasites, allergens and other microorganisms that cause infection.
Your immune system includes white blood cells, organs, your skin, and tissues and membranes of the lymph system, such as the thymus, spleen, tonsils, lymph nodes, lymph vessels, and bone marrow.
What an incredible network.
White Blood Cells
White blood cells are key players in your immune system. They are made in your bone marrow and are part of your lymphatic system. White blood cells move through your blood, membranes and tissues throughout your body looking for foreign invaders (microbes) such as bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungi.
How Your Immunity Works
Basically, if an antigen enters your body, your B-cells recognize it (either from having had the disease before or from being vaccinated against it, such as Polio), and the B-cells will produce antibodies.
When the antibodies attach to an antigen like a key fits into a lock, they signal other parts of your immune system to attack and destroy all of the invaders.
The antibodies that your immune system produces (T lymphocytes) attach to the antigen and make it easier for all your immune cells to destroy it and control your body’s immune response.
If you have an autoimmune disorder, your immune system does not distinguish between healthy tissues and potentially harmful antigens. As a result, your body sets off a reaction that destroys normal tissues.
The 10 most common autoimmune diseases are:
- Rheumatoid arthritis.
- Hashimoto’s autoimmune thyroiditis.
- Celiac disease.
- Graves’ disease.
- Diabetes mellitus, Type 1.
- Vitiligo (whitish patches on the skin).
- Rheumatic fever.
- Pernicious anemia/atrophic gastritis.
Ways To Improve Your Immune System
- Maintain a healthy diet, daily;
- Exercise regularly;
- Stay hydrated;
- Get plenty of sleep;
- Minimize stress by removing the source and practicing forms of meditation and relaxation;
- Get a hair analysis to determine what supplements your body needs or does not need.
Your immune system is designed to protect you, but you also need to protect your immune system.
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Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only, and is educational in nature. The FDA may not have evaluated some of the statements. This article is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please discuss with your own, qualified health care provider before adding supplements or making any changes to your dietary program.
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