What is the immune system?

by | Dec 11, 2018

We put a lot of emphasis on the immune system and its proper functioning in relation to cancer, but do we really understand what the immune system is and how it works? It is hard to pin it down because it is a system – meaning that it’s a group of organs, cells and processes that, when working together properly, prevent infection and illness. Generally, we tend to think of our body’s parts working in isolation, but we need to think of them operating as a ‘whole’ and think about how our environment can upset just one of the system’s elements, making our bodies defenceless. Think basics, think natural – if our bodies operated in a natural environment we wouldn’t have any problems. Modern life presents so many deviations from natural living, why are we surprised when illness and disease are rife?! I’m sure you have seen this list before, but here it is again, to keep your immune system strong, go back to basics.

Diet
Put simply – Fruit and veg, if man made it, avoid it! This is not always realistic, but stick to the principle when you can. Plenty of fibre and nutrients – berries, nuts and root vegetables should be part of your staple diet.

Water
Most of your body operates in a fluid environment – keep this environment clean and hydrated, drink water all day!

Exercise
Our bodies are designed to move and do things, so move and do things! Not only does movement help burn excess stored energy, but it also helps the lymphatic system work properly – because it doesn’t have a pump and relies on gravity to flow.

Toxins
There are some nasty chemicals out there, some can disrupt your hormones or worse. Use natural cosmetics and cleaning products, be very careful!

Sleep
Get 8 hours or more, keep your bedroom dark so you don’t wake up too early.

These are the basics, this is what our immune system thrives on. There are additional things you can do like take supplementary nutrients – do your research!

References: Harvard Health