“There are monsters found in the body far more hideous and destructive than any known virus or bacteria. They lumber through the bloodstream engulfing and eating anything they don’t like. They shoot bullets containing powerful toxins that can rip apart the membranes of anything that dares get in their way. They send powerful signals that invite their cronies to come scurrying to join the feast. They multiply in a day from a few to tens of thousands. They actually change shape to slip through gaps between cells so that they can attack from all sides. They have little mercy for their enemies.
Fortunately, they’re on your side. They are the White Blood Cells, your defenders. They have such an amazing bag of trick, and such overwhelming tenacity that no germ can withstand a pitched battle with these … when they are in prime fighting condition.”
Welcome to the all-out-war that is your immune system. It’s attitude to perceived invaders in the human body can be compared to The Terminator: “It can’t be bargained with. It can’t be reasoned with. It doesn’t feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead.”
Supporting your immune system
But for our own little terminators to do their work effectively they need 3 things from you:
From a healthy diet, including vitamins and minerals to allow them to fire their ammunition at the enemy
A ‘clean house’
If your body is too busy detoxifying the alcohol binge that you have every weekend, then it will be far too busy to support your immune system, plus the lymphatic system (where your immune system lives) will be cluttered with all of this excess debris during the detox process – your poor little terminators won’t be able to move around without bumping into proverbial beer cans and kebab clutter.
Time to work
Your immune system is on patrol 24/7 and most of the time you don’t even know that it’s fighting these constant battles (and winning) – that needle stick when you were stitching the rip in your coat pocket, or the scrape where you fell against the brick wall (another reason not to binge on alcohol). These were trivial little things to you – but AS SOON as they happened, your immune system was immediately activated and on its way to the area on full alert – if it did’t then we could all quite easily die from such small injuries.
But sometimes you’ll get those symptoms – chesty cough, runny nose, blocked sinuses. This isn’t the germ/infection that’s producing these symptoms – those are the effects of your immune system as it is fighting to get these invaders OUT of the body; and the fact that you are actually experiencing these symptoms means that your immune system is struggling. Those symptoms are your immune system saying, “Err… dude? I’m having a little trouble here and I need some help. Can you just take it easy for a while, stop the toxins, stop the stress, stop the marathon-training so that I can fully concentrate on this for a while?”
If you are feeling ill then respect what your body is telling you – have some nourishing chicken soup, wrap up in a warm blanket and curl up on the sofa to relax with a good book or entire season of “Murder, She Wrote” (or whatever floats your boat). The point is to R-E-L-A-X so that your body can totally focus on the immune system function.
If necessary, remember that there’s no shame in taking a sick day if you are genuinely ill. I’m sure that your employer would be far happier to just have you off for one day than to have the entire workforce off the next day….
If you’d like help to support your immune system or any other health concerns, feel free to Contact Me.