Your first line of defense against diseases is your immune system and choosing a healthy lifestyle. Healthy-living strategies are a good way to start giving your immune system the upper hand against acute and chronic diseases.
Following general good-health guidelines is the single best step you can take toward naturally keeping your immune system strong and healthy.
The Immune System At Work
The system defends the whole human body against germs and microorganisms every day.
The immune system is able to distinguish these pathogens from its own healthy tissue.
What The Organs Do For The Immune Response
The tonsils and thymus make antibodies.
The lymphatic system with its network of lymph nodes carries lymph fluid, nutrients, and waste material between the body tissues and the bloodstream.
Bone marrow is a soft tissue found mainly inside the long bones of the arms and legs, the vertebrae, and the pelvic bones of the body. It is made up of red marrow, which produces red and white blood cells and platelets, and yellow marrow, which contains fat and connective tissue and produces some white blood cells.
The white blood cells are the primary defenses of the immune system.
The Cells Of The Immune System
There are several different cells of the immune system that all have a specific function in defending the body against acute and chronic illnesses and diseases.
- Helper T cells - detect infection and get the other cells of the immune system ready for battle
- Cytotoxic, or killer, T-cells - destroy infected cells
- Regulatory T cells - tell the immune system when the battle with the pathogens is over and to stop fighting
- Memory T cells - remember how to defeat an infection and can respond rapidly if the same infection reoccurs
There are B cells that encounter disease causing substances, and respond by maturing into plasma cells which produce antibodies.
Antibodies are highly specialized proteins in the blood also known as immunoglobulins. Antibodies attach themselves to foreign invaders and mark them for destruction.
Phagocytes are cells that ingest pathogens by surrounding and digesting it. The main types of phagocytes are neutrophils, monocytes, and macrophages.
How To Improve Your Immune System
The immune system can only work efficiently when the host, in this case - YOU - provides it with what is needed for its proper function.
The video provides 10 basic tips that can be practiced on a daily basis that can help you to boost your immune system.
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