Strategy 1: REDUCE THE WORKLOAD
Free radicals like reactive oxygen and nitrogen species (ROS, RNS) are molecules missing an electron, making them highly unstable and capable of destructive interactions with lipids, DNA, and proteins. (2). At normal to low levels, ROS and RNS are necessary for the immune system – they are released by innate immune cell macrophages to destroy invading pathogens, and they act as innate system messengers, warning of incoming invaders.
Strategy 2: BUILD A STRONGER ARMY
- Over 70% of the body’s immune cells are produced in the gut, meaning the majority of our immune system is housed in the gut.
- There are 10 times more microbes (bacteria) in the intestines than there are cells in the body – this essentially means we are more microbe than human! (9).