Understanding your own immune system is very important. When we have certain health conditions and especially an autoimmune disease, we should realize that we don’t have a properly functioning immune system.
Autoimmune disease is a sign that the immune system is already dysfunctional. People with autoimmune diseases have a very weak immune system that is succeptible to infection, colds and flus.
So, it’s important to do as much as you can to help your immune system work as best as it can. Healthy immunity is dependent upon balance between its own super regulatory systems and optimal coordination between the trillions of important compounds.
What does the immune system really do?
The immune system’s primary function is to protect our bodies from anything that can cause them harm.
Your immune system has an amazing ability to distinguish between your body’s own cells and foreign cells . The self is anything that is naturally in the body, while non-self is a particle or cell that is not naturally present in the body. A properly functioning immune system doesn’t attack other parts of the body.If the immune system malfunctions and mistakes self for nonself, it may attack the body’s own tissues, causing an autoimmune disorder, such as rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimoto thyroiditis, or lupus. It’s been found that the immune system determines when the body is in danger, for instance when there are cancerous cells or a viral infection.
How to balance your immune system fast
There are a number of ways you can balance your immune system, and help return it to proper functioning.
“Probiotics” refers to beneficial bacteria that normally reside in healthy human intestines. Friendly bacteria train your immune system to distinguish between pathogens and non-harmful antigens, and to respond appropriately. This important function prevents your immune system from overreacting to non-harmful antigens, which is the genesis of allergies. (I recommend this one)
A lack of omega-3 leads to the body having too much omega-6, which has been linked to various other conditions. These include asthma, type 2 diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome, obesity and many more problems.
Fish oil blocks inflammatory cytokines by irreversibly binding to immune system enzymes.
For fish oil it is absolutely essential that you buy a high quality product – they are frequently contaminated with mercury (since some types of fish are high in mercury). I like this Fermented Cod Liver oil that I highly recommend (here)
Vitamin A and vitamin D.
Vitamin A, in combination with appropriate amounts of vitamin D, seem to be able to turn off inflammatory immune responses. The combination of these two nutrients can take immature T-helper cells and switch them to an anti-inflammatory version called T-regulatory (T-reg) cells.
Ayurvedic herb Ashwagandha supports the body’s stress response, increases antioxidant levels, boosts the immune system and supports hormonal balance. It supports the body’s stress response, increases antioxidant levels, boosts the immune system and supports hormonal balance.