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Your Immune System: Prepping For cold & Flu Season

Updated: Nov 7, 2023

Your Immune System

You Immune System
You Immune System

The Immune System

  • Your immune system is a complex network of chemicals, cells, tissues, and organs meant to defend your body against invaders.

  • It recognizes outside invaders such as viruses, fungi or bacteria which include the common cold, seasonal flu, and Covid.

  • It works to produce immune responses such as the production of white blood cells and antibodies to help fight infection and remember the attack to help protect you with future exposure.

What Are White Blood Cells?

  • Produced when harmful microbes invade your body and help mount a defense to fight infection.

  • Part of your immune system which helps fight infection and disease.

Types of White Cells Granulocytes

  • Neutrophils

  • Eosinophils

  • Basophils

Monocytes Human monocytes are bone marrow-derived leukocytes that circulate in the blood and can differentiate into monocyte-derived macrophages and monocyte-derived dendritic cells that govern innate and adaptive immune responses. Lymphocytes

  • T Cells

  • B Cells

Two Parts of Your Immune System

  • Innate Immune System

  • Adaptive Immune System

Cells from both are made in different organs in your body. These include:

  • Tonsils – Pair of small, soft-tissue masses located in the back of your throat

  • Adenoids – Pair of glands located at the back of your nasal passage

  • Thymus – Two lobes joining in the front of your trachea located behind your breastbone

  • Bone Marrow – Soft, spongy tissue found in the cavity of your bones

  • Lymph Nodes – Tiny bean-shaped organs connected by lymphatic vessels located all over your body

  • Lymphatic Vessels – Network of channels throughout your body that carry lymphocytes

  • Spleen – Organ located in the middle of the abdominal cavity

  • Peyer Patches – Lymphoid tissue in the small intestines


Innate Immune System

  • An inherited rapid response system you are born with which helps respond to invaders and create barriers of protection against harmful germs, parasites, or harmful cells.


Invaders inside immune system cells called phagocytes are killed. Innate Immune System Includes:

  • Eye Cornea

  • Skin

  • Mucous membrane lining the respiratory, gastrointestinal, and genitourinary tracts

Adaptive Immune System

  • Changes over the course of your lifetime.

  • Makes special proteins called antibodies with the help of the innate immune system and protects your body against specific invaders.

  • Antibodies are developed by B lymphocytes after exposure and remain in your body to help prevent future infection.

How To Strengthen Your Immune System Prevent disease-causing microorganisms from invading your immune system by creating balance in your body. This is achieved with a healthy lifestyle and by following good-health guidelines:

  • Avoid smoking & drinking alcohol

  • Eat a diet rich in fruits & vegetables

  • Regular exercise

  • Maintain a healthy BMI (Body Mass Index)

  • Get adequate, quality sleep

  • Manage stress

Immune System & Age

  • Immune response is reduced with age.


Diet & Your Immune System

  • A healthy immune system requires regular nourishment.

  • Micronutrient deficiencies alter immune response. This includes:

  • Iron

  • Copper

  • Folic Acid

  • Vitamins A, B6, C & E

How To Bolster Your Immune System Vitamin C

  • Reduces duration of a cold

Vitamin D

  • Wards off infections

  • Assists with calcium absorption & bone health

  • Aids in cell proliferation & supports the immune system

Zinc

  • Shortens & eases symptoms

Quercetin

  • Boosts immunity & fights infection

NAC Pro

  • Inhibits growth of harmful cells

Immune Active

  • Provides high-potency vitamin C & zinc including quercetin & NAC to support a healthy immune response & promote antioxidant processes

Glutathione

  • Instrumental in tissue building & repair and in immune system function

Probiotic

  • Strains of live & active bacteria offer therapeutic potential

Electrolytes

  • Vital to key functions in the body


The Immune System

  • Your immune system is a complex network of chemicals, cells, tissues, and organs meant to defend your body against invaders.

  • It recognizes outside invaders such as viruses, fungi or bacteria which include the common cold, seasonal flu, and Covid.

  • It works to produce immune responses such as the production of white blood cells and antibodies to help fight infection and remember the attack to help protect you with future exposure.

What Are White Blood Cells?

  • Produced when harmful microbes invade your body and help mount a defense to fight infection.

  • Part of your immune system which helps fight infection and disease.

Types of White Cells Granulocytes

  • Neutrophils

  • Eosinophils

  • Basophils

Monocytes Human monocytes are bone marrow-derived leukocytes that circulate in the blood and can differentiate into monocyte-derived macrophages and monocyte-derived dendritic cells that govern innate and adaptive immune responses. Lymphocytes

  • T Cells

  • B Cells


Two Parts of Your Immune System

  • Innate Immune System

  • Adaptive Immune System

Cells from both are made in different organs in your body. These include:

  • Tonsils – Pair of small, soft-tissue masses located in the back of your throat

  • Adenoids – Pair of glands located at the back of your nasal passage

  • Thymus – Two lobes joining in the front of your trachea located behind your breastbone

  • Bone Marrow – Soft, spongy tissue found in the cavity of your bones

  • Lymph Nodes – Tiny bean-shaped organs connected by lymphatic vessels located all over your body

  • Lymphatic Vessels – Network of channels throughout your body that carry lymphocytes

  • Spleen – Organ located in the middle of the abdominal cavity

  • Peyer Patches – Lymphoid tissue in the small intestines


Innate Immune System

  • An inherited rapid response system you are born with which helps respond to invaders and create barriers of protection against harmful germs, parasites, or harmful cells.

  • Invaders inside immune system cells called phagocytes are killed. Innate Immune System Includes:

  • Eye Cornea

  • Skin

  • Mucous membrane lining the respiratory, gastrointestinal, and genitourinary tracts

Adaptive Immune System

  • Changes over the course of your lifetime.

  • Makes special proteins called antibodies with the help of the innate immune system and protects your body against specific invaders.

  • Antibodies are developed by B lymphocytes after exposure and remain in your body to help prevent future infection.

How To Strengthen Your Immune System Prevent disease-causing microorganisms from invading your immune system by creating balance in your body. This is achieved with a healthy lifestyle and by following good-health guidelines:

  • Avoid smoking & drinking alcohol

  • Eat a diet rich in fruits & vegetables

  • Regular exercise

  • Maintain a healthy BMI (Body Mass Index)

  • Get adequate, quality sleep

  • Manage stress

Immune System & Age

  • Immune response is reduced with age.


Diet & Your Immune System

  • A healthy immune system requires regular nourishment.

  • Micronutrient deficiencies alter immune response. This includes:

  • Iron

  • Copper

  • Folic Acid

  • Vitamins A, B6, C & E


How To Bolster Your Immune System Vitamin C

  • Reduces duration of a cold

Vitamin D

  • Wards off infections

  • Assists with calcium absorption & bone health

  • Aids in cell proliferation & supports the immune system

Zinc

  • Shortens & eases symptoms

Quercetin

  • Boosts immunity & fights infection

NAC Pro

  • Inhibits growth of harmful cells

Immune Active

  • Provides high-potency vitamin C & zinc including quercetin & NAC to support a healthy immune response & promote antioxidant processes

Glutathione

  • Instrumental in tissue building & repair and in immune system function

Probiotic

  • Strains of live & active bacteria offer therapeutic potential

Electrolytes

  • Vital to key functions in the body

Green Tea

  • Contains catechins & polyphenols which help impede viral replication

  • Source of antioxidants to bolster immune system and ward off viruses

Garlic

  • Compound in garlic supports disease-fighting response of some white blood cells

  • Contains catechins & polyphenols which help impede viral replication

  • Source of antioxidants to bolster immune system and ward off viruses


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