Understanding the immune system has become a critical topic in these days of the Covid 19 Pandemic. You hear so many different statements, and I see people are insecure and actually have no idea how our immune system works. Now, I understand that someone who is not trained in medicine will have no idea how our body functions and defends us against viruses, bacteria, fungi, and all kinds of infections. It is amazing to see how we are created, and every part fits together.
We have our own soldiers and military defense in our body. Amazing!
I will describe to you how your little army is protecting you.
Eating well, living a healthy lifestyle is a must to keep our soldiers strong.
What is the Immune system?
The immune system is a network of biological processes that protects an organism against disease. ( Wikipedia)
The amazing thing is that nearly all organisms have some immune system. Many species have two major subsystems of the immune system, the innate immune system, and the adaptive immune system.
The first one includes the external barriers and is the defense against pathogens, where the skin, mucous membranes of the throat, and gut belong to. The immune system detects and responds to various pathogens; viruses, parasites, cancer cells, and objects like splinters.
The adaptive immune system responds; for example, if we contact a pathogen, we build antibodies against them. You see this happening with vaccination. This is actually the response of our body against the vaccination. By doing so we build up immunity. Amazing defense system.
The immune system has different cells, like Killer T cells, Helper T cells, and Gamma delta T cells. The first one kills cells infected by pathogens or not working properly.
Helper T cells control the immune response and direct other cells to kill pathogens. They are not cytotoxic active.
Gamma delta T cells possess a T cell receptor and are in a high amount present in the gut mucosa.
How does the Immune System work?
The immune system is built up by different soldiers standing at the front to detect and fight the enemy and respond.
There are our soldiers, like the white blood cells( Leukocytes), which also includes Phagocytes and Lymphocytes. Macrocytes, neutrophils, and dendritic cells belong to the phagocytes that identify and eliminate pathogens by attacking or swallowing up microorganisms.
Phagocytosis performed by the phagocytes is an essential task by submerging pathogens or particles. They eliminate the enemy by eating them.
If you see such a process happening in the video above, it is fantastic to see phagocytes performing their tasks.
There are groups, like the macrophages and neutrophils, which travel through the blood hunting invaders.
Dendritic cells are positioned in the tissue to contact the external environment, located in the skin, nose, lungs, stomach, and gut.
Lymphocytes are the Natural killer cells that destroy cancer cells or virus-infected cells by attacking the host cells.
The first response that happens when a pathogen gets in is inflammation.
We get infected, and our body responds with inflammation, showing symptoms like redness, swelling, heat, and pain. Sometimes we develop fever, also a symptom by the body to get rid of the invaders.
If you have cut yourself in your finger, you get all these signs of redness, swelling, bleeding, and pain due to our immune system’s reaction to healing the wound and get rid of pathogens. It is mostly a local reaction, and the damage is covered and healed again within some days. If you like to read more, here is the link to Wikipedia.
Foods to boost our immune system
Now you know we have our own military defense system, which helps us to stay healthy. Our task is to feed our soldiers and keep them strong. If your defense system is weak, you will be weak. Every pathogen will be able to overcome you. You are prone to all kinds of chronic diseases and infections which have a difficult time healing.
Our immune system has so much to do that it will become weaker. Understanding the immune system means leading a healthy lifestyle with fresh, organic food, with the right diet, and moving our body. We need to eat lots of organic vegetables and fruits, seeds, healthy protein, and fats.
Healthy fats help our hormone levels balanced, helping our cells be alert for the right signals. Everything goes smooth if you live a naturally healthy lifestyle.
By consuming lots of fresh juices and green powders, you help your immune system to recover every day; dead and damaged cells are easily sorted out and replaced. It is like a good inner political guidance that helps all functions to blossom.
It would help if you had healthy proteins to renew your cells. A healthy body has a healthy brain and a healthy defense system.
To walk every day for a half-hour will already give you a boost. Your body needs oxygen for its cells. When you move, you breathe more deeply, your lymphatic system will be able to flow and reach your cells.
Likewise, in your blood system, the oxygen and nutrients will reach the cells and feed them, taking rubbish with it back to be cleared out. It is a real miracle of how everything works together. Keep it up!
How do Autoimmune diseases start?
Autoimmune diseases are on the rise. So many people have chronic inflammation in their bodies. Our diet certainly doesn’t help.We move less! Many people are lonely, have financial distress because of having huge debts, or no jobs to support themselves.
Our environment is polluted! Our bodies have a stressful time getting rid of all the rubbish in our system, pesticides, herbicides, heavy metals, plastics, etc. News are mostly negative and impact our minds.
This stress has such a toll on our immune system that it begins to react in a strange way attacking its own tissue and organs till it has destroyed itself, and so the body.
How does this happen?
First, Autoimmunity is the immune response of the body against its own healthy tissue and cells. It can be everywhere in the body. This is called Autoimmune Disease. There has been a thesis that autoimmunity is a self-defense mechanism of our body to survive.
It does not really lose the ability to distinguish between its own cells and invaders.
It might be necessary to keep up the blood chemistry in homeostasis and allowing a rapid response in the early stages of an infection. It develops a problem when the body doesn’t stop to attack the own cells, and autoimmunity becomes chronic.
We know many diseases, like celiac disease, Inflammed bowel system, diabetes mellitus type 1, systemic lupus erythematosus, Sjogren’s syndrome, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Graves disease, Addison’s disease, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, etc.
They are often treated with steroids, but I know from my own experience and other’s testimonies that it is always better to change the lifestyle by adapting the diet and healing the body with fasting and doing the colon cleansing the body detox.
Very important is supporting the body with whole supplements after the colon is healed. To approach the self-healing mechanism is the most important step of the healing plan.
Without our immune system, we would be dead very soon. Every pathogen would have it easy to penetrate the body and make us ill. If we are healthy, our immune system works very well to delete every invader to stay healthy. Understanding the immune system is vital for us.
It is essential to eat a healthy diet, move our bodies, and keep stress in balance.
Please let us know what you think, and do you have experiences with an autoimmune disease? I would love to hear it.
To your health,