The Immune System and the Lymphatic System work together to protect the body from harmful pathogens and undesirable health outcomes. These systems include white blood cells, bone marrow, the spleen, tonsils, adenoids, appendix, thymus, lymph, and lymph nodes. A healthy immune response consists of the body’s ability to properly identify a pathogen and engage in a series of responses designed to prevent pathogens from entering targeted cells / tissues.
The immune system consists of:
• the innate immune system prevents pathogens from entering the body; it also provides a generalized response that destroys any pathogens that bypass the barriers.
• the adaptive immune system analyzes the pathogens so the body can respond with an army of protective cells created specifically to destroy that particular pathogen. This system also supports the immune system by delivering nutrients to the cells and removing toxins and waste products.
The lymphatic system includes:
• Bone marrow creates T-cells and creates and grows B-cells to maturation. B-cells travel via the blood system to destroy any lurking pathogens, T-cells, which attack pathogens and any toxic molecules, travel to the thymus, where they mature and later join the B-cells. These T-cells and B-cells are lymphocytes that travel in lymph.
• Lymph, a watery fluid, yellowish in color, that carries white blood cells, circulates through tissues and picks up unwanted fats, bacteria, and other substances and filters it through the lymphatic system.
The first line of defense is the innate immune system, which includes physical barriers, such as skin, fingernails, mucous membranes, tears, and earwax, that help prevent invaders from entering the body, and chemical barriers, such as fatty acids, stomach acid, proteins, and secretions that naturally help destroy pathogens.
When pathogens are undeterred by the innate immune response, the adaptive immune system, which is more complex than the innate, processes the pathogens in a way that allows it to design specific immune cells to combat it effectively. Then it produces huge numbers of those cells to attack the pathogen and any toxic molecule it creates. The cells that carry out this specific immune response are called lymphocytes and are created and delivered by the lymph system.
As part of the adaptive immune system response, humans have sophisticated defense mechanisms that include the ability to adapt over time to recognize specific pathogens more efficiently. This is accomplished by creating immunological memory after the initial response is rendered, leading to an enhanced response to subsequent encounters with that same pathogen.
Certainly lifestyle choices can either provide great strength or can seriously weaken immune response. Nutrition is a key factor in a healthy immune system; if cells don’t have the energy they need to provide critical safeguards for the body, pathogens can more easily penetrate and multiply. Detoxification is another critical activity that helps promote the body’s natural defenses; many times when an individual gets sick it is simply the body’s way to naturally eliminate toxins.