Immune System Enhancement (Adults)

Immune System Enhancement (Adults)

The immune system protects the body from harmful foreign substances, by recognising and destroying them. These dangerous substances may be alive, like viruses, fungi or bacteria, or non-living, such as toxins, chemicals, medications, and foreign particles (such as a splinter). To function properly, an immune system must detect a wide variety of agents and distinguish them from your own healthy cells. Your immune system is your body’s army. It consists of a first line of defence in the form of your innate immune system, which you’re born with, and a second line of defence, which you acquire.

FRONT LINES

Much like a castle’s walls and mote, the innate immune system includes physical barriers to prevent harmful components from entering your body. Barriers include your skin, gut lining, mucous, tears and stomach acid. Your innate immune system also consists of foot soldiers that are first on the scene when invaders breach your physical barriers. While your foot soldiers aren’t all that bright or specific, they are strong and fast. Unable to differentiate between different types of threats, they launch an immediate, one-size-fits-all attack against foreign invaders. This attack involves a call to arms or siren in the form of inflammation (redness, swelling, heat and pain), firing at the foreign cell, gobbling-up invaders and destroying insurgents (tumours and infiltrated cells).

SPECIAL FORCES

Acquired or adaptive immunity is immunity that develops to attack specific invaders. These special forces are slower to react but they’re great at recognising invaders and acting appropriately. Special forces include commanders (T helper cells) that orchestrate and control the battle by instructing other immune cells. Immune cells called Killer Ts specialise in detecting dysfunctional cells that are harbouring viruses and killing them. B cells specialise in producing antibodies which bind to invaders and mark them for destruction. Special forces are also the record keepers, holding the memory banks for which invaders have been eradicated before, to ensure a more streamlined attack next time you’re exposed to the same invader.

IMMUNE SUPPORT

Various factors can either weaken or strengthen your immune system. You can’t do anything about some of these factors, like growing old (aging weakens your immune system). But reducing your stress levels, getting enough sleep, eating healthily, exercising moderately and on a regular basis, washing your hands, washing and cooking food properly and avoiding smoking and excessive alcohol are all things you can do to support healthy immune function. There is also evidence supporting the use of specific nutrients or natural medicines to boost or support immune function for the prevention or treatment of infections.


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