As I continue my discussion on building a strong Immune system, I thought I’d take some time to explain what our Immune system is and how it works.
Think of your Immune system as the “police” of your body. It is there to protect you from any invader that might be trying to take over your health and well-being. It’s there to stop the germs, bacteria, and killer cells from starting to take control. Bottom line our Immune system is trying to protect us from getting sick.
For me when I look at the intricacies of our body, I am amazed. It causes me to pause when I realize how our body is made up of a network of tissues, organs and cells that work like a symphony to keep us alive and well.
So, let’s break down our Immune system a little more.
When our body is attacked by invaders or infectious organisms, our Immune system goes on the attack to halt these organisms that are trying to latch on and cause an illness or a disease. Our Immune system involves different organs and are strategically placed in our body.
For example, our Tonsils and Thymus are there to attack what may come in through our respiratory system. Our Thymus will make white blood cells (WBCs) that we call T Lymphocytes that will help fight off an infection. Our Tonsils will stop germs entering our body through our mouth and nose. They too contain a lot of white blood cells.
Unfortunately, in my time, when I was younger the minute your Tonsils got infected, out they came. Mine came out when I was two years old. To me that’s a bit extreme for a two-year-old to go through. What if my Tonsils were just doing their job and really didn’t need to come out?
Next, we can look at our Lymphatic system. This system is made up of lymph nodes and vessels that carry fluid and nutrients into our bloodstream. It also carries waste material into our bloodstream. As the fluid is flowing through the Lymphatic system, it is filtering and stopping any invader that is trying to cause ill health.
We cannot forget about our Bone Marrow. Our Bone Marrow is soft tissue found inside the long bones of our arms and legs. It is also in the bones of our pelvic and vertebrae. Our Bone Marrow produces RBC, WBC, platelets, and yellow marrow. Its purpose is to ward off pathogens and invaders.
Our Spleen is used to filter our blood by removing old or damaged cells. It will also help destroy bacteria from the lymph system.
Let’s not leave out our White Blood Cells (WBCs). WBCs are created by the Bone Marrow, and they are created to protect our body from infection. If we have a high white blood count, we could probably deduce that we have an infection. These WBCs are attacking any bacteria or virus invading our body.
Do you ever wonder why some people get sick more than others? Well first I adhere to what Bernard, a scientist has said,
“The pathogen is nothing, the terrain is everything!”
Keeping your “terrain” or your Immune system strong and healthy will prevent those invaders from creating havoc in your body.
There are three types of immunity to look at: passive, innate, adaptive. You may have heard people like Dr. Shiva talking about this during the covid outbreak last year. He was trying to educate us on how our Immune system works and why we didn’t necessarily need to live in fear.
Let’s take Passive immunity. They typically call this “short-term” immunity. It comes from a person like a newborn having its mother’s immune system. Through the placenta, the mother’s antibodies are transferred to the baby to help fight off any invaders trying to attack the baby.
Sometimes Passive immunity can be in the form of an injection that contain targeted and specific antibodies.
Then we have something called the Adaptive immunity. This is developed as we grow and live life here on earth. It is the antibodies from the diseases we were exposed to or got healed from. Once we come out the other side of an infection, we then have antibodies that will prevent us from potentially having that illness again.
Lastly, we have the Innate immunity. We are all born with this Innate immunity, or some might say “natural immunity.” It is there as our overall protection. This is the immunity that I long to help develop in everyone. This system includes organs like our skin or our mucous membranes. It is our body’s external line of defense and is there to prevent diseases from entering our body.
What can happen if our Immune system is weak and cannot do its job as the “police” and protect us from those invaders? Well, there are some common Immune system disorders such as:
- Cancers (leukemia and lymphoma)
- Immunodeficiency disorders (can be acquired or genetic)
- Autoimmune disorders. This is where your own body’s immune system is attacking itself. Some of those autoimmune disorders can be Lupus, Arthritis, Multiple sclerosis (MS), Type 1 Diabetes, Guillain-Barre syndrome, Psoriasis, Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy.
Understand that if your Immune system is weak and compromised, you could end up with a full-blown disorder. Therefore, it is so important to be intentional about creating and keeping a strong Immune system. Are you suffering with anyone of these disorders? Know that with some proper medical guidance from a Functional Medicine Doctor and lifestyle changes you can reverse these disorders more times than not.
But instead of having to stop these disorders, how about focusing on preventing them? Work at keep your Immune system strong and healthy. That’s what my video series and PODCAST will be instructing you how. Let’s begin the journey. I hope you join me.
If you have any questions or would like to be Coached in this area, please reach out and contact me. I would be honored to work with you guiding you to a life of health and well-being.
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