The immune system protects us from disease caused by bacteria, viruses and toxins, and helps remove foreign bodies and malignant cells from our system.
In addition, the immune system is responsible for down-regulating immune responses against external harmless triggers such as food, or against the bodies’ own tissue. Failure to do so can result in the development of allergy or autoimmune disorders.
Your Immunity starts in your Gut
The gut is a major entrance for pathogens, toxins and allergens and one of the major roles of the immune system in the gastrointestinal tract is to distinguish between harmless antigens, such as food, and health hazards.
How does it work?
When the body senses foreign substances (called antigens), the immune system works to recognize the antigens and get rid of them. These specialized cells and parts of the immune system offer the body protection against disease. This protection is called immunity.
Chiefs of the Immune System
- Gut (Digestive System)
- Blood Lymph
- Mucous Membranes
Your immune system takes a while to develop and needs help from vaccines.
Why should you boost your Immunity?
It improves cardiovascular health, lowers blood pressure, helps control body weight, and protects against a variety of diseases. Just like a healthy diet, exercise can contribute to general good health and therefore to a healthy immune system. A healthy immune system protects us by first creating a barrier that stops those invaders, or antigens, from entering the body. And if one slips by the barrier, the immune system produces white blood cells, and other chemicals and proteins that attack and destroy these foreign substances.
Things You Can Do to Boost your Immunity
- Eat fruits and veggies
- Frequently wash your hands
- Get a good night’s sleep
- Exercise more often
- Look into beneficial herbs and supplements
- Laugh a lot more
- Don’t touch your facial area too often
Things to eat:
Here’s a Immunity Boosting daily diet plan for you: