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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 the PITSS: 

Poor nutrition

Infections

Toxins

Sleep deprivation

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!

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