Monday, May 25, 2015

3 Strategies for Bolstering Your Immune System

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

 

  1. 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.
  2. 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).
It is now understood by many doctors and scientists that the microbiome is actually an organ all its own, believing that large changes to its composition may be as damaging as changing the structure of another bodily organ. 

Strategy 3: CONTROL INFLAMMATION

 The adrenal glands are perhaps one of the most important regulatory glands in our bodies, yet they are one of the most overlooked and overworked. The adrenals produce cortisol (aka the stress hormone). Evolutionarily, cortisol temporarily inhibited the immune system so all bodily energies could be directed towards the fight or flight response. This makes a lot of sense, I mean, who wants to be worrying about sneezing while fleeing from a large animal?!

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