The human immune system is very intricate and it is made up of different tissues, organs, cells and proteins which all work together to prevent the body from numerous different types of germs such as fungi, parasites, viruses and bacteria. One cannot prevent the germs from invading the body but there are plenty of things that can be done to optimize the functioning of the immune system.
What Causes Problems?
There are people with weakened immune systems which constantly suffer from some minor or major health problems. There are others which seem to be constantly healthy and that is all due to the fact their immune systems function perfectly. Numerous different factors may contribute to the weakening of the immune system. The most common detrimental factors include numerous different types of environmental issues, stress, negative emotions, lack of sleep, alcohol abuse, unhealthy eating habits and drug abuse (including all kinds of over the counter and prescribed medicaments).
What Are The Components?
The human immune system consists of various different elements which all work together to prevent the body from numerous harmful microorganisms. White blood cells which are also known as lymphocytes are produced in the bone marrow and overcome the germs by moving through the bloodstream. Different proteins are responsible for the assistance in the process of neutralization of different sorts of toxins which some germs tend to produce. The lymphatic system is responsible for trapping the germs in the spleen which filters the blood. Thymus is made of lymphatic tissue and its main purpose is to promote the development of the highly beneficial antibodies. Adenoids and tonsils are responsible for sampling all the germs and bacteria which enter the body and getting infected themselves and preventing the invasion to the rest of the body. Appendix is the place where all the beneficial bacteria reside. They are very efficient in enhancing the functioning of the digestive tract. Peyer’s patches are small follicles located in the small intestine and they are efficient in destroying certain harmful types of bacteria. Fever is a natural response of the body, induced so that certain types of harmful germs can be destroyed.
Results of a Weakened System
Various allergies and autoimmune diseases are a result of a compromised immune system. Autoimmune diseases include Aids, HIV, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, lupus, Hashimoto thyroiditis and Grave’s disease. Stress management, healthy diet, proper hydration and plenty of rest are the keys to a healthy immune system.