Is Your Immune System Strong Enough to Fight Flu Viruses?

Is Your Immune System Strong Enough to Fight Flu Viruses?

The kids are back in school studying hard and that means a couple of things. Summer is going to be gone before we know it and cold and flu season is knocking on the door. I hope you made it into Baum’s and got the kids started on some good immune system support!

Maintaining a healthy, properly functioning immune system is the key to attaining true health. The immune system fights off disease-causing microorganisms so the body can heal itself. The immune system is the key to fighting every kind of insult to the body, from a shaving nick to the countless mutated viruses that seem to flourish these days.

Weakening of the immune system results in increased susceptibility to virtually every type of illness. Some common signs of an impaired immune system include:

  • Fatigue
  • Listlessness
  • Repeated infections
  • Inflammation
  • Allergic reactions
  • Slow wound healing
  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Candida
  • Yeast infections

Most healthy adults catch on average two colds a year. People who have significantly more colds and infections than that are likely to have a problem with immune function. By understanding some of the basic functions of the immune system and how they pertain to your health, you can make better choices to stay healthy.

In its simplest terms, the role of the immune system is to identify things that naturally belong in the body and to destroy those that don’t belong in the body. The immune system is unlike other systems in the body . It’s more like complex interactions involving many different organs, structures and substances. Among them are, white blood cells, bone marrow, the lymphatic system, specialized cells and specialized substances. Ideally, all of these components work together to protect the body from infection and disease.

The immune system has the ability to learn to identify and then to remember specific foreign invaders that it has encountered. It does this through two basic means known as cell-mediated immunity and humoral immunity.

This is where I can’t get over how utterly amazing the human body is…

In cell-mediated immunity, white blood cells called T cells, mature in the thymus gland. The thymus gland is located behind the top of the breastbone and is a major player in the immune system. In the thymus, each T cell is programmed to identify one particular type of invading enemy. It is then released into the blood stream to search out and destroy the invader that corresponds with its programming! They attack the invader in part through a secretion of proteins called cytokines.

Humoral immunity involves the production of antibodies. Antibodies are not cells, but special proteins whose chemical structures are formed to match the surfaces of specific antigens (foreign invaders such as viruses or bacteria) When they encounter their specific antigens, antibodies either damage the invading object or alert the white blood cells to attack it. Antibodies are produced by another group of white blood cells called B cells. These are manufactured and mature in the bone marrow. During development, the B cell is exposed to a certain antigen. It then engineers an antibody to match it and stores a blueprint of the invader so that it can initiate the production of antibodies in the event of another exposure. It remembers even if a long period of time lapses between exposures! B cells can match virtually any foreign invader!

Immune System Stressors

The immune system can work as it should only if it is cared for properly. This means getting all the right nutrients and providing the right environment, plus avoiding things that tend to depress the immune system such as:

  • Chemicals in household cleaners
  • Overuse of antibiotics and other drugs
  • Pesticides
  • Food additives
  • Environmental pollution
  • Everyday stress

Immune System Boosters

Fortunately, there are ways to nourish and boost your immune system to keep you healthy and protected during cold and flu season. Eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables is a great start. Getting plenty of good sleep every night is another great way to reduce stress and restore your entire body. Don’t skip on sleep!

There are also lots of great vitamins and herbs that help to boost your immune function. Some of them are:

Probiotics

Like acidophilus, restores beneficial bacteria to the intestinal tract to keep harmful bacteria and yeast in check.

Immune System Support

Builds immunity and fights infections with Echinacea, mushroom extracts, and more.

Oil of Oregano

Discourages the growth of microorganisms, viruses, and parasites.

Stop in today and check out our entire line of immune products!

*These statements have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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