Disease-causing pathogens are everywhere. Pathogens are viruses, bacteria, fungi, mold, parasites (worms).
Many of them live on our skin, in our sinus cavities, mouth and gut. When our immune system is weakened, these pathogens invade our body, causing disease.
A strong immune system can help prevent illness; so, what really IS the immune system.
Our Immune System is the “army” in our body that defends us from disease causing pathogens.
It is made of two different parts:
1) Innate – the immune system we have at birth
2) Adaptive – the immune system we develop throughout our life – this system changes as we age; depending on our health the change can be for better or worse.
These two systems work together to protect us from harmful pathogens.
Our Immune System is managed by a group of ‘key player’ organs and tissues:
• Adenoids. Two glands located at the back of the nasal passage.
• Bone marrow. The soft, spongy tissue found in bone cavities.
• Lymph nodes. Small organs shaped like beans, which are located throughout the body and connect
via the lymphatic vessels.
• Lymphatic vessels. A network of channels throughout the body that carries lymphocytes to the
lymphoid organs and bloodstream.
• Peyer’s patches. Lymphoid tissue in the small intestine.
• Spleen. A fist-sized organ located in the abdominal cavity.
• Thymus. Two lobes that join in front of the trachea behind the breastbone.
• Tonsils. Two oval masses in the back of the throat
“THESE ARE A FEW OF OUR FAVORITE THINGS” TO DO EVERYDAY FOR A STRONG IMMUNE SYSTEM:
Eat a variety of foods – choose a ‘rainbow of colors’ of fruits and vegetables for your meal –
Move More – Exercise regularly
Maintain a healthy gut
Get adequate sleep.