It's that time of year, kids are back in school and the weather is getting colder which means immune systems fighting off colds, flus, viruses and more allergies! YUCK! Before I tell you a few ways to boost your immune system, do you know how it works? A massive but very delicate system that fights and aides in keeping the peace in your body. Keeping you alive and well is its only job, but are you aware of everything else that can occur in the body due to the immune system being attacked? Inflammation. Skin irritations. Intestinal and bowel issues. This amazing defense mechanism inside of us does so much daily to keep us going. This amazing little system often times goes unnoticed though it works around the clock, I guess you could say it's as "busy as a bee". However when we wake up feeling sluggish and under the weather we drastically take notice and immediately blame our immune system. But should we? Or should we blame ourselves for not giving proper aide to the immune system to remain strong?
What is the immune system?
Let's start at the beginning, the immune system is a network inside the body made up of cells, tissues and organs that all work together to keep your body safe from ailments, disease, and toxins. White blood cells are the big players in this system, also known as leukocytes. There are two types of leukocytes, they come together to find and destroy substances and disease-causing organisms inside the body. The immune system is made up and comprised of so many things in the body, right down to your skin. Your skin is much like plastic wrap protecting food from bacteria and germs, it acts as a barrier to protect your organs and blood from viruses, bacteria, and toxins in our daily lives.
**Did you know that your skin secretes an antibacterial substance that kills germs as they land on your skin? This keeps you from growths or an "extra layer" when you wake in the morning after a nights rest.
Going inside the body is a bigger, more complicated story. The immune system is huge, it contains the thymus, spleen, lymph system, bone marrow, white blood cells, antibodies, and even hormones. That is a lot working together to keep you healthy and alive!
HOW CAN I AIDE IN KEEPING MY IMMUNE SYSTEM STRONG?
I get asked this question often given the industry I work in. There are so many ways that you can strengthen your immune system, the real question is; Are you willing to put in the work? You can't just eat an orange and expect to be a superhero and immune to sickness suddenly. No, I am sorry, it takes real work to keep from getting sick. But don't worry, eventually it will just be a part of your daily life and you will notice allergies lessen, days of work missed are also lowered, and your mood has increased to be more positive.
While there are many other ways to boost the immune system these are a great starting point for those looking to better their health and immune system in the beginning. But all in all, the best thing you can do is to just plain and simple take care of yourself, eat accordingly to your body and lifestyle and drink plenty of water.
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