I am sure that you have noticed that some people seem to catch one cold after another yet others have endless energy and seldom have colds. The secret is their power of immunity.Having a strong inbuilt immune system is the body’s first line of defense that prevents illness. It protects our organs from the foreign organisms that are found everywhere such as in the air, in our food and in the water.
The second line of defense is acquired immunity which is obtained from the immunity acquired when the body has been under attack from a disease or a vaccination i.e. resistance to a disease such as measles, chickenpox and most of the more well known childhood illnesses.Some white cells in our bodies remember and recognize these viruses you have met with before and produce antibodies to destroy that particular virus.
As an aside this is why many people believe that the more bugs kids are exposed to in the school playground the better their immune systems in later life. This has a lot of truth in it as it builds up their acquired immune system.Vaccinations, which are sometimes known as artificial acquired immunity, replicate this.
Having said all that the bottom line is that a good immune system is essential if we are to avoid illnesses which can range from colds and flu to the more serious diseases.
What causes a poor immunity?
As mentioned above our bodies have an inbuilt and gain an acquired immunity which fights off infections and disease.
However, we now find that a large part of the population have what is known as immunodeficiency which in plain words means that they have poor resistance to these attacks and therefore their defenses are down and greatly compromised.
What causes this immunodeficiency?
There are a number of reasons for this inability to fight off infections and viruses and listed below are some of the main causes:
- poor nutrition caused by eating processed foods which have no nutritional value
- overuse of antibiotics
- drug abuse
- exposure to environmental toxins
What can we do about this?
Obviously, we would think that nutrition is one of the quickest and easiest ways to start getting things right and that is correct but is is not quite so easy as it sounds.
We think about eating healthily by eating more fruits and vegetables, cutting back on fast foods and generally not over indulging.
This is excellent and will help considerably but unfortunately even the healthy foods we eat today are lacking in nutrients because of the poor quality soils they are grown in.
Overuse of fertilizers and pesticides have destroyed much of the nutrition which comes from the soil and today we have to eat 10 times more in some cases to get the same benefits we gained 50 years ago.
Our immune system relies on thousands of nutritional elements from our food The answer to this is to balance our needs with a good quality multivitamin and mineral supplement.
Still working on our overall plan to improve our defences below is a list of suggested ways to avoid illness:
- Keep calm! Don’t stress! Research has shown that people who are depressed, angry or nervous are more likely to become ill.
- If you smoke – smoke less. Smokers are twice as likely to catch colds.
- Sleep more
- Wash your hands. Touching infected surfaces and then your eyes, nose mouth is a sure way to pick up infection.
- Nourish yourself by eating healthily with fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices, supplement with quality essential vitamins, trace minerals, amino acids and antioxidants to boost your immunity
- get out and walk in the fresh air.