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| According to one scientist, the immune system is the sixth sense; it recognizes viruses and bacteria the brain doesn't identify, and then converts that information into hormones that go to the brain to activate the immune process. The immune system works in partnership with other protective body systems. For example, the skin forms a physical barrier against foreign materials, while the respiratory system utilizes cilia, mucus and coughing to rid the body of inhaled microbes and pollutants. In addition, acid in the stomach and enzymes in the pancreas and intestines destroy many harmful microorganisms.
If foreign materials overcome the body's other protective mechanisms, then the immune/defense system begins operating. This system is composed of lymph nodes, blood proteins (known as immunoglobulin) and specialized white blood cells such as lymphocytes, as well as the organs that produce these cells and blood vessels that transport them.
Lymph nodes, or lymph glands as they are sometimes called, are usually small oval structures that are normally the size of small kidney beans. They are generally located in clusters near veins at strategic points along medium-sized lymph vessels at the knee, elbow, armpit, groin, neck, abdomen and chest.
The lymph nodes clean and filter blood, and serve as a gathering place for germ fighting cells during illness. The filtration process prevents bacteria, cancer cells, and other infectious agents from entering the blood and circulating through the system. The lymph nodes are also centers for productions and storage of some of the white blood cells, namely the lymphocytes and monocytes, which are important elements in the body's immune mechanism. During any kind of infection, the nodes become enlarged due to the multiplication of lymphocytes in the node.
All the parts of the immune system are designed to react rapidly to disease-producing organisms and their toxins. If the disease gets past these defenses, the body produces a generalized fever, localized inflammations and other reactions designed to conquer unwelcome invaders.
Antibodies (immunoglobulin) are important for proper function of the immune system. These proteins distinguish between the body's own proteins and foreign protein. When foreign protein is identified, antibodies can destroy it. It is estimated that there are 100 million different kinds of antibodies, each of which is custom-built.
The body constantly battles mutant (cancer) cells. Some immunologist believe that there are always malignancies in the body and that they are usually recognized and destroyed by the immune system.
Factors in immune system health
We live in a world of natural poisons and man-made pollutants. These environmental pollutants, along with improper diet and other harmful habits such as smoking and improper rest, can reduce the body's ability to protect itself from harmful bacteria, viruses, chemicals and other factors which can lead to disease.
Purdue University nutritionist Thomas Petro, Ph.D., wrote, "It's not that certain nutrients affect the immune system - it's that every nutrient affects the immune system." For that reason, a balanced diet is probably the most important consideration in maintaining a healthy immune system. In addition, when the body is deprived of some minerals, it is more likely to retain pollutants.
A great deal of focus has been directed at the antioxidant vitamins A, C and E because of their function in protecting the cells from damage caused by natural body processes, lifestyles, and environmental and chemical pollutants. These vitamins, along with the trace mineral selenium, help prevent important molecules and structures within the cell from reacting with oxygen, which often injures - literally burns - the cell structure. This process is called oxidation.
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|Thymus - responsible for the maturation and release of T-cells.
Lymph Nodes - Lymph filter sites throughout the lymphatic system isolate and destroy antigens.
Bone Marrow - Produce all blood cells.
Spleen - Assists in lymphocyte production and blood purification.
Lymphatic System - Eleminates antigens and damaged cells from the body.
|Nutrition for the Immune System|
| The Immune System is a complex network of specialized blood cells and organs that defend the body agains attacks by foreign invaders. When functioning properly, it fights infectious agents such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites. When it malfunctions, however, we become vulnerable to a torrent of diseases, from allergies to arthritis, and even certain cancers.
The immune system, as much as any other body system, depends upon good, all-around nutrition. It is one of the first systems to be affected by undue physical and emotional stress, but bounces back quickly if nutrition is complete and general health is good. Critical nutrients on which the immune system depends include vitamin C, folic acid, beta carotene, and the minerals manganese, selenium and zinc. Additionally, the very foundation of immune system function is good protein intake, because the antibodies that defend up against germs are proteins.
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|When foreign protein is identified, antibodies can destroy it.|
|If you have four or more of the following indications, you may consider nutritional aid to the immune system.
Lack of energy
Illness more than twice a year
Difficulty digesting certain foods
Recent or frequent use of antibiotics
Poor resistance to disease
Belching or gas after meals
Sore or painful joints
Difficulty in maintaining ideal weight
Slow recovery from illness
Exposure to air pollution daily
Feeling out of control
Recurrent yeast/fungal infections
Eat lots of fruits and vegetables.
Eat adequate complete proteins.
Avoid simple sugars.
Get adequate sleep and exercise.
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