Building Up Immunity

Last months coverage on children and this being the flu season, made me think that a review of the immune system was in store. Of course I’m sorry, but we are again going to have to return to your gut (it’s amazing how important this system seems to be yet ironic how underestimated it is). Like we mentioned over 80% of the immune system is located in the gut wall, therefore a healthy gut is a healthy immune system that can fight off infection and foreigner invaders. The immune systems main purpose is to protect us against bacteria, microbes, viruses, toxins, and parasites. Components of it include:

  • bone marrow,
  •  lymph nodes,
  • spleen and
  • Thymus.

There are a couple of levels of immunity, beginning with anatomical barriers, foremost the skin, but also mucus membranes and physical responses like tears, sweat and salivation. Next there is an innate immune system responsible for any bacteria or such that makes it past the anatomical layer. If a bigger response is needed, then white blood cells (lymphocytes) mount a local attack by calling on specific antigens. If that is not enough they call in the big dog helper T-cells that combine with the molecule to make a lymphoblast, which secretes an array of interleukins for an even bigger response. Something else to consider are Th1 and Th2, which need to work in balance. Th1 is your normal respondent to anything in the environment. It is found anywhere that the body can come in contact with the environment:

  • Skin
  • Eyes
  • Tears
  • Saliva
  • Mucus secretions
  • Digestive systems
  • Sex organs

Th2 is responsible for allergic reactions. When flora is disrupted, then the Th1 can’t do its job and Th2 goes into overdrive to make up for this. Therefore things in the environment that weren’t a problem (dogs, foods, makeup, etc.) become problems. All allergies and auto-immune diseases have insufficient flora at their root. The problem is, as we looked at last week, is that a lot of us are screwed right from birth with the teachings of conventional wisdom and the flora that we inherit from our mothers. Add in our less than stellar eating and too many processed foods and we’ve shot ourselves in the foot. It’s no wonder our immune system are constantly compromised, we’re sick all the time and diseases and allergies run rampant in our society. A way to healthier immune system, should of course start in the gut. Tips for improved flora:

  • Avoidance of sugar
  • Avoidance vegetable oils
  • Avoidance of grains
  • Avoidance of legumes
  • Plenty of animal fat
  • Protein
  • Leafy greens
  • Fermented foods
  • Probiotics
  • Less antibiotics that diminish flora
  • Oral contraceptives detour levels as well
  • Stay away from chronic cardio that depletes store
  • Life balance and less stress
  • Mood boosting activities and positivity (they done studies where 5 minutes of ‘forest bathing’ or time outdoors boost mood and altruism and witnessing altruism boosts immunity)
  • Sex

So if you want good immunity, you need your good flora to out number the bad. Practice lifestyle changes that are favorable for the gut. For more on our fat-burner weight-loss programs check out our website at bodychange.net.

 

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