What is the immune system?
The immune system is a complex system of organs, tissues, and cells that protects the body from external threats. This collection of cells, proteins, secretions, and chemical mediators works together to protect your body. It includes:
- Physical barriers (skin, mucous, and the cell linings of the digestive tract, veins, and arteries)
- Cells that send immune signals
- Cells that defend the body
Physical barriers keep invaders out, chemical signals attract specific and non-specific attack cells, and memory proteins stand ready to protect against future challenges. The immune system also includes chemicals that promote tissue repair and a return to health. When properly functioning, the immune system is constantly acting to shield your body and protect you when the body is compromised.
Weakened Immune System linked to a diet high in refined food and highly cooked food, especially consumption of hydrogenated oils and/or fried foods; infection (including bacterial, viral, fungal, parasitic or a combination of these). Also linked to low pH (deficient minerals), toxic liver/gallbladder, intestinal infection, heavy metal exposure/toxicity; dental toxicity/infection, severe nutritional deficiencies.
To improve the overall functioning of the immune system, focus on the key detox organs (liver, kidney, large intestines); support and detoxify them first.
Special Considerations: Adopt a natural whole foods diet. Eat more organic fruit to cleanse the bowels and download the liver. Take daily walks; get regular sunlight exposure.
Common Symptoms of Immunity Imbalance:
- Frequent colds and flu
- High or low white cell count, etc.