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Immune System...A natural boost for a healthy immune system.
Building up the Immune System, the healthy way.
There are different systems that perform vital functions for the survival of every living form. These systems include the digestive system, reproductive system, respiratory system, nervous system and the immune system. This article will focus on the importance of the immune system and the best healthy way to boost the immune system.
Every human being has an immune system that is made up of tissues, proteins, organs and special and unique cells that helps to defend the body against germs and other microorganisms every other day. The immune system does a remarkable job of keeping an individual healthy and at the same time preventing illnesses. Lack of a proper functioning immune system leads to diseases and infections. It is therefore important to learn how to boost your immune system the best way ever (naturally) so as to enjoy a healthy long life.
Basically the immune system performs two major roles: it identifies microorganisms and other foreign elements that are pose a potential threat to the body, it later destroys these harmful microorganisms, substances or/and foreign cells. All the organs and specialized cells of the immune system offers the body full protection against diseases and this type of protection is commonly referred to as immunity. The immune system attacks microorganisms and other substances that are harmful to the body system and cause diseases, in fulfilling this task it follows an order of steps that is known as the immune response. In order to have a strong immunity, it is very important to have a healthy immune system that will be able to perform these critical functions of body protection.
Immune system has disorders that may reduce its capability in performing its tasks. These disorders may lead to a very weak immune system and a low immunity against diseases. The major contributors to a weak immune system vary widely. The most common factors to a low immune system are:
- Malnourishment. This is where the body lacks enough nourishment. The lack of important nutrients especially vitamins can greatly lower the body’s immune system.
- Stress. Another factor to a low immune system is the presence of stress in one’s life be it physical or psychological.
- Chemotherapy. Chemotherapy is an anti-cancer medication which is very effective in treating cancer. But on the other hand the process of chemotherapy is harmful to the immune system of the body as it kills some cells and tissues of the immune system.
- AIDS. This is the major contributor to a weak immune system. It is a viral attack on the body’s defense (immune) mechanisms.
The strength of your immune system greatly lies in the type of lifestyle you lead and more so the type of food you eat. A proper diet goes a long way in boosting the immune system. There are different ways on how to improve the immune system but the most effective method of building up immune system is through eating certain natural and healthy foods. These foods will contribute in special ways to the effective function of this complex system.
In order to boost your immune system, you should consume the following: Kiwi, Acerola, citrus fruits, oils (natural), propolis, garlic, alfalfa, yogurt, royal jelly, proteins, royal jelly and tomato.
To avoid a weak immune system, the foods to avoid are: white sugar, shellfish, total fat, coffee and alcoholic beverages.