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Looking after your immune system will support good health
WELLNESS

Looking after your immune system will support good health

The immune system is composed of specialised cells, various proteins, tissue and organs. The role of the immune system is to defend us against millions of bacteria, microbes, viruses, toxins and parasites that would love to invade our body.

The immune system cells, tissues and organs work together to attack the disease causing microorganisms and protect the human body. The cells of the immune system are the leukocytes or the white blood cells. There are two main cell types that work in combination to destroy organisms and substances that invade the body.

Phagocytes: These are cells that protect the body by ingesting harmful microorganisms as they enter the body. There are a number of different types of phagocytes, the most common being neutrophils which fight bacteria primarily.

Lymphocytes: These are the cells that help the body to remember the organisms, recognise and destroy them when they invade the body again for a second or third time. Lymphocytes are of two types: B lymphocytes and T lymphocytes. These cells are produced in the bone marrow and they either remain there and mature to form B lymphocytes or move to the thymus gland and mature to form T lymphocytes. Both these cells have different functions; B cells seek their target and send defence to lock them out, whereas T cells destroy the target identified by the B cells.

The usual problems encountered within the immune system are usually associated with nutrient deficiency. Poor Immunity signs and symptoms are commonly implicated by sedentary lifestyle, not enough sleep, a weakened state of the body, a poor diet, consumption of alcohol and other stimulants.

It takes more than an apple to keep the doctor away.
Consume foods that are high in nutrients and minerals to keep your immune system on guard. Start your day with a “greens” drink to balance acidity for optimum health, rounding out your plate with plenty of colourful servings of fruits  and vegetables. Include nuts, seeds, grains and foods that are high in fibre to help eliminate toxic build up to ensure that your body and immunity runs smoothly.

Detoxing: Regular internal cleansing is vital for a strong immune system to eliminate bacteria, viruses, fungus, heavy metals and other invaders that weaken the immune system. This will depend on a type of detox program you are using to eliminate toxins.

Exercise: Doing moderate exercise just a few times every week is beneficial for human health. Exercise is not just for reducing the number of colds and strengthening immunity but it can also drastically improve cardiovascular health, improve healthy blood pressure, helps control body weight and protects your body from bad bacteria.

Just like a healthy diet, exercise can contribute to good general health and therefore to a healthy immune system. It may contribute even more directly by promoting good circulation, which allows the cells and substances of the immune system to move through the body freely and do their job efficiently.

Guest: Mapula Strachan
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