The more you know about how your body works the better you’ll be equipped to make the right choices to improve the quality of your life and increase the quantity of those years and if nothing else at least live in harmony with yourself.
The optimum state of health is spontaneously generated by the human body when we implement the requirements of health which is what the interviews series on “How To Get Well Then Stay Well For Life” are all about.
When the requirements of health are correctly implemented the immune system of our body tries to restore best possible health.
Health and disease are not enemies. Disease processes such as diarrhea, fever, and inflammation are not only natural, but are necessary attempts by the body to regain its finest health.
And when we try to suppress these elimination processes with drugs and other bizarre treatments, we generally create more problems by interfering with this self-healing process.
Your body is constantly exposed to chemicals, toxins, pollutants, and other stressors. In addition, simple organisms such as viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites are capable (under certain circumstances) of invading the human body and feeding on it. But luckily the healthy human body has an immune system to use in our defense.
The immune system is split up into two divisions: the non-specific immune system and the specific immune system.
For this post, let’s first understand the non-specific division of the immune system. The largest organ in the human body is the skin, not the heart or liver. The skin and its components are a very integral part of the non-specific immune system.
Most poisons are prevented from entering the body because of the wall that the skin creates.
The mouth and nose are not covered with skin, but with mucus membrane. This membrane is able to secrete a variety of chemicals, which can kill invading bacteria.
Mucus itself can trap this bacteria, and little hairy cilia in the lungs, bronchi, and throat can push those bacteria back out of the body as long as they are working correctly. Now people who smoke tobacco and marijuana paralyze and destroy the cilia, which is one of the reasons that smokers have so much trouble with respiratory and other infections.
The acid in the stomach, vagina, and other organs also can act as part of the non-specific immune system by creating an environment in which these bacteria are destroyed.
Also in the non-specific immune system are phagocytes or “cell-eating” cells. These “cell-eating” cells can consume and destroy most invading organisms. And they are a type of white blood cell found in the bloodstream as well as in the lungs, liver, and intestinal tract.
In the medical dictionary it defines phagocytes as cells, such as white blood cells, that engulf and absorb waste material, harmful microorganisms, or other foreign bodies in the bloodstream and tissues.
Another type of white blood cell, called the “natural killer” cell, can recognize cells that have been invaded by viruses. The killer cells bind to these infected cells and destroy them. Cells that are infected by viruses help the killer cells by producing chemicals called interferons, which activate the killer cells.
The body also is capable of producing special proteins during an infection. These proteins coat the invading organisms, especially certain bacteria, and make it easier for the “cell-eating” cells to destroy them. But this only works if the body has some way of remembering these invading organisms.
When an infection or injury takes place, the body produces a reaction called inflammation. Inflammation serves to route the immune system to the site of infection or injury.
Inflammation causes the infected area to look red, become swollen, and feel hot and painful because your immune system is calling your defenses to action.
Next blog post, we’ll discuss specific immune system functions, so stay tuned. And remember to go to “How To Get Well Then Stay Well For Life” for all of the tips, programs and tools to help you live a fulfilling, abundant life.
All the best.