What are we doing to ensure that we strengthen or enhance our immune systems during the winter months?
We have all been faced with the hardest last 2 years of our lives. It certainly has brought us awareness. One area of greater focus for my family is the importance of having a great routine in place to enhance our immune system to support a healthier lifestyle.
The immune system is made up of different organs, cells, and proteins that work together.
What are the main parts of the immune system?
a)White blood cells- these cells circulate the whole body to attack any suspicious organism that enters the body to protect from illness and injuries
b)Antibodies- these search and destroys the enemy that enters the body- eliminating pathogens
c)The complement system- refers to a series of 20 proteins, circulating in the blood and tissue fluids.
d)The lymphatic system- is known as the body’s sewerage system. A network of tissues, vessels organs to move a watery fluid called lymph back into the bloodstream
e)The spleen- this is a part of the lymphatic system, helps remove waste, maintains fluid balance recycles old blood cells activates the white blood cells to help attack viruses
f)The thymus gland- 2 identical size lobes located behind the heart at the breast level- This Is where T-cells complete the process of maturing and then they are released into the bloodstream.
g)The bone marrow- the spongy tissue that fills your bone. There are 2 types of bone marrow i) Redbone marrow- helps produce blood cells and ii) yellow bone marrow- which helps store fat
These are the parts of your immune system that actively fight infection. Now we know all of the parts and their functions.
What are the 2 main parts of the immune system?
The innate immune system. The system you are born with
The adaptive immune system. This is developed when your body is exposed to microbes or chemicals released by microbes.
Did you know that the immune system keeps a record of every germ (microbe) it has ever defeated so it can recognize and destroy the microbe quickly if it enters the body again?
The immune response is a system that is based on the effects of our lifestyle. Researchers are still trying to explore the effects of diet, exercise, age, psychological stress, and other factors. Regardless of whether they find the true connection or not, our bodies have an incredible way of communicating how certain things can harm us or have a positive effect on us.
There are proven health benefits, factors, and concepts that can benefit the way we take care of our immune response.
Due to the diversity of bacteria in our microbiome, we know that there are chemical, immune, and mechanical signals connecting receptors to our gut wall and then to the brain via nerve and blood pathways. I find this incredible!!!
If you are like me and you find the human body super fascinating, I will keep you posted on different monthly topics that will help you understand the function of our human body and the importance it has on our ability to maintain a healthy lifestyle. After all, we are keen on keeping your body, mind, and spirit in optimal health.
10 ways to boost our immune response
Maintaining a healthy weight
Drink alcohol only in moderation
Follow a sleep routine
Find ways to de-stress
Rest when the body signals you
Eat more whole plants foods
Consume healthy fats per day
Drink your water consumption suggested for your body type
Let’s reinforce your body’s defenses against harmful pathogens