The immune system – a good friend
Your immune system is like a good and loyal friend. It not one of those loud friends that take front and center at a party.
It just works behind the scenes making sure everything is ok. But it is always there when most needed.
Moreover, you often overlook this vital defense system. So, it’s time to check in with your old friend and see what it’s up to.
What’s the role of the immune system?
Above all, it helps to protect you against disease and foreign bodies. It helps identify viruses, bacteria, and parasites. And it distinguishes these from the healthy tissue within your body.
It’s made up of different structures within the body. You will be familiar with some of them. For example, the spleen and bone marrow.
But other structures play their part. You may be less familiar with lymphocytes, leukocytes and the thymus.
- Lymphocytes – are small white blood cells
- Leukocytes – are disease-fighting white blood cells
- The thymus – is the organ in which t-cells mature
These are all your allies that help combat pathogens, bacteria and toxins. And in a healthy human, the system is very robust.
Nevertheless, there are many ways in which you can compromise your immune system.
Things that can weaken the immune system
Undoubtedly, there are bad practices that can weaken the body’s natural defense system. For example, if you smoke, drink or eat badly, it’s not going to help.
In addition, if you are lacking in essential vitamins such as B6, C, or E it can cause issues. And other factors like poor sleep or over-training can be detrimental.
Kick-starting your immune
It’s always wise to keep your immune system as robust as possible. Currently, there is a major scare concerning the Coronavirus. Just today a Brighton GP surgery has had to close down.
And whilst this particular virus is exceptionally worrying, it always pays to keep your immune system healthy.
There are, of course, common sense ways you can reduce the chance of catching any virus.
- Wash or sanitize your hands regularly (especially after using public transport)
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you sneeze
- Avoid touching your eyes and mouth when out and about
But if you want to strengthen your immune system as well, here are some helpful tips.
- Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables and whole grains
- Exercise regularly
- Get plenty of rest and sleep
- Manage your stress
- And try and maintain a healthy weight
Another fantastic way to boost your immune system is through Manual Lymphatic Drainage. You can read all about the benefits in one of our previous blogs. But in a nutshell, it is a great way to keep the Lymphatic System working optimally. And the Lymphatic is an integral part of your immune defenses.
If you would like to explore some of the ways to keep yourself immune strong, do contact us. We look forward to keeping you safe and healthy.