Did you know that approximately 70% of your immune system is located in your digestive tract? When your gut is healthy, it helps your whole body stay healthy.
What does your immune system do?
Your immune system is your body’s defense against infection and illness.
A healthy immune system …
- recognises the cells that make up your body, and will try to get rid of anything unfamiliar; and
- destroys germs (bacteria and viruses) and parasites.
But this defence system can also cause problems.
- It will attack donated organs or blood from another person, unless carefully matched.
- It may overreact to harmless invaders such as pollen grains, causing hayfever.
- In some cases (autoimmune diseases), the immune system turns against the body’s own cells.
How does your immune system work?
Your immune system uses a huge army of defender cells — different types of white blood cells. You make about 1000 million of them every day in your bone marrow. Some of these cells, called macrophages, constantly patrol your body, destroying germs as soon as they enter.
This is your ‘natural’ or inborn immunity.
But if an infection begins to take hold, your body fights back with an even more powerful defence of T- and B-cells. They give you acquired immunity, so that the same germ can never make you as ill again.
How do cells recognise each other?
Each of your cells has a set of ‘identity tags’ on its surface, which mark it out as part of your body and no one else’s. Some are only found on cells from the same tissue or organ. These identity tag molecules are called antigens. Your set of antigens is unique, unless you have an identical twin.
A healthy immune system recognises invading germs because they have unfamiliar antigens on their surfaces.
How do you get a healthy immune system?
Best way is to support your body with glyconutrients, especially in the form of Ambrotose, which improves cell-to-cell communication.
Aloe vera has been known for centuries as a ‘wonder’ plant. The gel from the aloe vera plant is used for many things and has numerous benefits:
10 health benefits from aloe vera