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Why Is The Immune System So Important For A Healthy Life?
Disorders of this system can result in autoimmune diseases, inflammatory diseases and cancer. We have covered these diseases in previous editions of Holistic Living Magazine and I wanted to make the immune system a topic in itself, as it is crucial to having great health.
As suggested in its title, it is a system, not a single organ. To function well, it requires balance and harmony. You can imagine if your cells are attacking themselves, there is not a lot of balance or harmony in the body and it is not a great foundation for good health. So how do we provide our body with the balance it needs? You will learn more about this throughout the magazine. I will let the experts tell you…
What Does It Do?
It is made up of cells, tissues, proteins, chemicals and organs that work together to defend us against germs and microorganisms. It is the body’s defence against infectious organisms and other invaders.
The white blood cells that make up the immune system are made in the bone marrow. These cells move through blood & tissue. Every time a microbe or germ is conquered, the immune system remembers it. If the body comes into contact with that microbe again, it will be defeated quickly.
It produces proteins called antibodies that can help neutralise infection or toxins that some germs produce.
Germs are everywhere and most of the time our immune system gets rid of the threat and does ‘a battle with the bugs’ that threaten us and kills them off.
In most cases, our immune system does a great job of keeping us healthy and preventing infections. Sometimes, problems can lead to illness and infection.
Through a series of steps called the immune response, the immune system attacks organisms and substances that invade our systems and cause disease.
The Major Components Of The Immune System Are:
- the Lymphatic System;
- Bone Marrow;
- the White Blood Cells;
- the Thymus;
- the Spleen;
- the Complement System; and
Approximately 70 – 80% of your immune tissue is located within your digestive system. The health of your gut bacteria and the health of your immune system are vitally linked. When your gut bacteria is balanced, your immune system is also balanced. But when it’s out of balance, so is your system.
Throughout this magazine, there are articles from our experts to help you understand how to keep your gut and immune system healthy. You will learn some great ways of boosting your system and gut health so you can give your body the best foundation for enhanced health. Healthy living strategies are a good way to start giving your body a great advantage.