The immune system is the body’s natural guardian against disease. It defends the body against “attacks” by bacteria, parasites, viruses and fungi. You may not know it, but there is a continuous battle going on inside your body between these attackers and your immune system. A war of one kind or another is fought every single day!
Your immune system is remarkably intelligent because it “remembers” experiences and reacts accordingly. An example is the chicken pox…if you already had them, you won’t ever have them again. The immune system makes that possible. It is a sensitive system of checks and balances that produces a prompt, appropriate and effective response to ongoing attacks.
I read an interesting analogy recently…to understand how amazing the immune system is, all you have to do is look at what happens when something dies. Everything shuts down including the immune system. Within hours, it is attacked by bacteria, parasites, etc. The minutesomething dies, it’s body is dismantled over a very short period of time and a skeleton is left over. To put this rather morbid analogy into perspective…your immune system is doing amazing things to keep THAT from happening while you are alive!
The immune system protects you in three different ways:
1. It creates a barrier that prevents bacteria and viruses from entering your body in the first place.
2. If a bacteria or virus does enter, it tries to detect and eliminate it before it can make itself at home and reproduce.
3. If the bacteria or virus IS able to settle in and reproduce, your immune system is in charge of eliminating it.
What you may not know is that things you take for granted every day are either strengthening orweakening your immune system…things that come naturally to you like sleeping, eating and exercising. No doubt you’ve noticed the significant rise in people’s use of over-the-counter and prescription drugs. I have good news…you needn’t walk that path. Ever. Keep reading.
In the last newsletter, I talked about that magical hormone called cortisol, otherwise known as “the stress response” hormone. Guess what decreases the immune response? Yep – cortisol. I might sound like a broken record at this point, but stress tops the list when it comes to your body’s ability to function – including your immune system. Here are 5 things you can do TODAY to get your body on the right track.
1. Handle Your Sleep
2. Take The 7-Day Challenge
3. Eat “Booster Foods”
4. Move It
5. Hook Yourself Up With Some “D”
Have you noticed that no one prescribes penicillin anymore? That one-time miracle drug is now mostly ineffective. When you don’t finish your prescription, the bacteria get used to the antibiotics and they don’t work ever again. This is a very serious problem.
At this very moment, we have a family member on four antibiotics for an infection she got from surgery. She nearly died because her body was antibiotic resistant. Remember MRSA?Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. It is enormously difficult to treat. One of the biggest concerns of going into the hospital today is hospital-acquired infections which attack already weakened systems. It is one of the chief causes of death in hospitals.