healthy is a key step to accomplish this. So I’m excited to share this month the ins and outs of this complicated system with you.
While our immune systems are functioning properly, we don't even notice it's there. But the second we're feeling ill, we know there's been a breach in our immune system. The immune system is our first line of defense when it comes to protecting against harm and is activated by anything the body doesn't recognize as its own. When certain bacteria, fungi, or viruses are introduced to our system, a whole series of processes are triggered in the body.
One of the most AMAZING jobs of our immune system is to store information about the harmful invaders and how to fight it. This process is called adaptive or acquired immunity. The adaptive immune system makes antibodies and uses them to specifically fight certain germs that the body has previously come into contact with.
The adaptive immune system works closely with a second immune response called innate immunity. The innate immune system provides a general defense against harmful germs and substances using immune cells such as natural killer cells and phagocytes.
The main components of the immune system include white blood cells, antibodies, the lymphatic system, spleen, bone marrow, and thymus. The skin is your body's first line of defense to prevent outside pathogens from entering the body. The gut also plays a crucial role in immunity as up to eighty percent of immune cells are created within the gut. To learn more about how the immune system works, check out this short 5-minute video
Remember, I'm always here to help. If you have any questions about immunity email me at: Toni@drToniCamacho.com
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May you and your family be well,
Dr. Toni is a Best-selling author, Holistic Health Practitioner (HHP) & Registered Herbalist in San Diego, California. She holds a PhD in psychology, and a Clinical Herbalist Certificate, an HHP certificate and is a Certified Trainer in the Success Principles. In private practice as a HHP she has been influenced by a variety of clinical modalities and orientations, and by the diverse life experiences of her clients. Toni’s approach to healing is holistic & transpersonal. In her work, she integrates the principles of Eastern and Western nutrition, herbololgy, energy medicine, Buddhist mindfulness and personal counseling to assist others in working through their physical or emotional blocks to attain optimal health.