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Need to Boost Your Immune System? Balance is Key

Need to Boost Your Immune System? Balance is Key

Your Body's Defence System

Whether you get the flu, coughs, infections and chronic illness often depends on your immune system's ability to protect your body.

Your immune system works by protecting you from bacteria, parasites, viruses, tumour and cancer cells.

A Balanced Immune System 

You may have heard that you need to boost your immune system, but the key to strong immunity is to have a BALANCED immune system.

This means your immune system must launch an aggressive attack to fight germ invaders. It then returns to a balanced, calm state when the attack is over.

When your immune system is out of balance, it not only fails to protect your body but also can even mistakenly attack itself, if over-stimulated.

Chronic inflammation, a symptom of an imbalanced immune system can contribute to cardiovascular disease or cancer.

Stimulation of your immune system is necessary if it is under-regulated and needs to be stimulated to fight a foreign invader. However, overstimulation can lead to a potential for debilitating auto-immune disorders such as allergies, psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis.

What can cause your Immune system to get Out of Balance?

Your immune system gets out of balance when you are affected by exposure to daily factors such as "PITTS": 

Poor Nutrition

Infections

Toxins

Trauma

Stress

These can cause damage to our immune cells’ ability to communicate properly with each other in protecting your health, which may lead to an under-active immune system that is weakened or an over-active immune system that may attack its own cells.

When your immune system is weak or imbalanced, your immune cells are like cars at a road intersection with a malfunctioning traffic light system. They are confused, don't know where to go, when to go, how to proceed to defend your body.

A Well-functioning Immune System

When your immune system is balanced, your various immune system cells are able to communicate with each other effectively, like soldiers in the army heeding instructions from their Army General and efficiently defending against foreign attackers of your body.

They know what to do, where to go, when to stop and how to react quickly in case of future attack.

Balance and Not Just Boost

Keep in mind it is Balance that is critical to maintaining a healthy immune response. A mere boost or stimulation of your immune system is not the answer. Too much of a boost could, in fact, make you feel worse than, to begin with.

A well-tuned balanced immune system, with good communication between immune cells, allows your body to target the right enemies and helps you feel your best long-term.

Modulate and Not Just Stimulate

In order for your immune system to be balanced and strong, you need to modulate and not just stimulate it.

There is a significant distinction between stimulating and modulating. Modulation is a natural process. That is not necessarily true of stimulation. Stimulation typically causes some portion of the immune system to experience a functional increase or "spike" for a short period of time. This increase is often followed by a reversal or adjustment by the immune system to the old level or even lower.

You need an immune supplement that balances or regulates, rather than just stimulates your body’s immune response.

A true immune modulator has the ability to both stimulate (up-regulate), or call off the attack and return to normal (down-regulate) immune system activity as needed. 

Therefore, the network of immune cells work can properly communicate with each other to defend your body against foreign germ invaders and to know when to stop so it doesn’t become overly active and mistakenly attack its own cells. 

Balance is the key to life!

What Can Go Wrong With Your Immune System?

What Can Go Wrong With Your Immune System?

Have you read horror stories about people having their limbs amputated because they have succumbed to infection from eating contaminated raw fish?

How about the cases of adenovirus?

What do they have in common?

They must have had a weak, under-regulated immune system which could not cope with the infection.

Have you also noticed that some people always seem to be catching the flu almost as soon as they have recovered from the last bout of illness?

And yet others walk around in the pink of health rarely ever missing a workday?

Why?.... Because those who rarely get sick have a stronger, more balanced immune system.

The Immune System Function

A healthy immune system needs to have good communication between its cells to:

  1. Recognise which are foreign “enemy” bodies
  2. Respond to attack these foreign bodies and protect us
  3. Remember these antigens in case of future “attacks”.

When communication between cells is lost, it is like an army without a commander instructing them what to do, or broken traffic lights that confuse motorists on the road.

Chaos in the immune system means the cells do not know what to do and when to do it.

What Can Go Wrong?

Under-active Immune System - When the immune cells do not communicate properly, this could lead to a weakened defence system.

For instance, the body’s Natural Killer (or NK cell) would not be properly activated to fight cells affected by bacteria and viruses. This leads to infection and an increase in health problems.

Over-active Immune System - Alternatively, the immune system may become overly aggressive in general, or may fail to distinguish between your own cells and foreign “enemy” cells. They can mistakenly launch an attack against the body’s own cells or tissues.

The result is called an autoimmune disease. Some forms of arthritis and diabetes are autoimmune diseases.  In other cases, the immune system responds to a seemingly harmless foreign substance such as pollen.

The result is an allergy, and this kind of antigen is called an allergen.

How Does Communication Between Cells Become Damaged?

There are a number of causes for cell communication to become damaged. We call them the “PITTS”!

Poor Nutrition deprives our body of the nutrients it needs to build new cells to conduct cellular communication.

Infections place the burden on our immune system over time and weaken the immune response and directly attack our immune system.

Toxins such as metals and chemicals, create free radicals that destroy cells in our body and bind to immune system information pathways which damage our cells’ ability to signal and communicate with each other.

Trauma from radiation creates dangerous free radicals that damage cells and their ability to signal each other. 

Stress causes a release of Cortisol, a hormone produced in our body that suppresses our immune system by attacking and destroying cells that are communicating with each other.

Some specific immune system disorders are found are stated on the National Institute of Allergies & Infectious Diseases website.

Why Is Your Immune System So Important?

Why Is Your Immune System So Important?

Your immune system is central to your health and well-being because it affects every other part of your body. It controls and influences all aspects of your health.

The healthier your immune system is, the better your body can cope with the many toxic burdens it may encounter.

What Is The Immune System?

It is your body’s defence force against infectious agents such as bacteria, viruses, parasites, fungi, and from the growth of tumour and cancer cells. It is also involved in your body’s response to injury and trauma. Your immune system is made up of tissues, organs and special interdependent cell types.

For instance, Natural Killer cells (or NK cells) are essential in protecting you against daily exposure to viruses and cancer cells that reach your body. A healthy immune system has high NK cell numbers and activity, while chronic illness is associated with low NK cell numbers and activity.

The immune system has the ability to distinguish between your body’s own cells (“self”) and foreign cells (“non-self”). Normally, the body’s immune defences co-exist peacefully with cells that are distinctively “self”. On the other hand, when immune defenders encounter cells or organisms are “foreign,” they quickly launch an attack.

How Does Your Immune System Work to Protect You?

Your immune system seeks out and attacks organisms and substances that invade your body systems and cause disease through a series of steps called the “Immune Response”.

In order to work properly, communication amongst the cells is key. Immune cells communicate by direct physical contact or by releasing chemical messengers.

When “foreign bodies” (or “antigens”) are detected, several types of cells work together to:

  1. Recognise these foreign bodies
  2. Respond by attacking these foreign bodies to protect us
  3. Remember these antigens in case of future “attacks”.

Your immune system stores just a few of each kind of the different cells needed to recognise possible enemies. When an antigen appears, those few matching cells multiply into a full-scale army to attack. After their job is done, they leave guard soldiers behind to watch for future attacks.

If you would like to know more about your immune system we recommend the following link: https://www.niaid.nih.gov/research/immune-system-overview