Immune System Facts – 2

What Causes Low Immunity

If a healthy immune system is functioning all the components will work in harmony to protect or bodies. In some cases this complex protection system can sometimes be vulnerable to a breakdown. There are many factors to take in to consideration how this can happen.

Poor Nutrition

Vitamins A, B complex, C, D and E play various roles in regulating our immune function. Unfortunately many people are deficient in one or more of these vitamins because of a poor diet. Vitamin A is crucial for the development of the immune system organs, the thymus, spleen and bone marrow. Deficiency leads to atrophy of these organs. Vitamins B and C are powerful antioxidants that protect the immune cells from deadly toxins. Vitamin D has been shown to to be the one of the biggest influencers of the immune system Immune cells must bind to vitamin D before they become activated to destroy harmful microbes. Some minerals are also necessary to boost the immune system like selenium and zinc. Studies show that one of the best ways to boost our system is to eat plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits. Try to avoid or eliminate processed food.

Toxic Build Up

The immune system keeps tabs of the toxins in the body and works together with the liver and other organs of the detoxification system to eliminate them from our bodies. When the detox system is overwhelmed, these toxins can accumulate in organs, including organs of the immune system i.e, bone marrow, spleen, and thymus. Many drugs accumulate in bone marrow causing a suppression of certain components. Environmental chemicals, such as lead and mercury, also depress our immune systems.


Suffering from chronic stress damages the immune system significantly. When the body is under stress it produces a hormone called cortisol to counteract the negative effects. In the short term cortisol creates a balance in the body. however the stress continues high levels of cortisol can suppress the immune system and the cortisol blocks the bone marrow and thymus gland from producing protective cells. Chronic stress also leads to the production of chemicals that promote inflammation called cytokines. Stress has been found to be a trigger for autoimmune diseases. Autoimmune disease is when the body produces proteins to attack itself, mistakenly thinking that its own cells are enemy invaders. Sufferers have great difficulty in regulating their immune systems when exposed to stressful situations.

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