So what is the big deal about the immune system?

Well, the immune system is at the helm of your health. It drives your boat. Not just where it goes but how fast it gets there and whether or not it hits a reef or steers into a storm. To do that the immune system has to recognize threats and plot a course. It has to give intelligent orders to the crew so the crew can recognize and carry out its mission. It has to be intelligent enough to recognize the way to return safely if any new threats arise. Finally, a properly functioning immune system needs to reward the crew with plenty of free time ashore to rest, socialize, and live life to the fullest.

The immune system is not much different. It is in control of your health. When it is working right it keeps you healthy, functional, alert, strong, energetic, and supports intelligent produtivity. The immune system determines where and how much energy is used to fight off threats. It primarily determines if your brain or your heart or your lungs or your joints or liver or pancreas or kidneys or any other part of your body stays healthy and energized.

The fact is that we really do not develop problems unless something causes our immune system is either over-react or under-react. Help the immune system work correctly and it destroys threats so the body is free to maintain itself or be repaired, provided it has a good supply of the right kinds of nutrients, rest, and exercise.

An under-active immune system response might initiate an inflammatory immune system response but be unable to recognize or respond correctly to the threat. (A threat can be any kind of bacteria, virus, fungus, mold, parasite, toxin, or injury.) Therefore, the cause remains and continues to damage, destroy, or alter cellular tissues. That would be typical of an under-active immune system response.

An over-active immune system response would recognize the threat but would continue to trigger mucus or inflammation (swelling and pain) even after the threat is under control. A second classification of over-reactive immune system response is called an auto-immune response. An auto-immune response occurs when the immune system attacks and destroys the cells of your own body.

There are a wide variety of factors that can alter your immune system response besides virus and bacteria. A teaspoon of sugar may help the medicine go down but it will compromise your immune system for four or five hours. Lack of sleep, just miss a few hours will do it. Food that contains preservatives, pesticides, antibiotics, hormones, toxins, and especially low nutrient junk food is a no-brainer. Pollution, extremes of heat and cold, drugs, certain food allergies, bites, injuries, and other factors can be subtle but can trigger extreme immune system responses such as shock or death.

There you have it in a nutshell. One of the prime factors of poor health is whatever interferes with a healthy immune system response. The key is to keep your immune system working properly.

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