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The immune system is one of nature’s best defense system. If you nourish it right, it can become your best friend, but nourish it wrong and it can become your worst enemy. Your immune system is a very complex system containing many smaller systems. Somehow, nature found a way to make these smaller systems work in cooperation so you can experience life as a human being. The main smaller systems that make up the immune system are macrophages, natural killer (NK) cells, T-cells, T-helper cells, cytokines, interleukins, interferons, B-cells and white blood cells. When these systems are working together, your immune system is strong and healthy. When they are not working well together you experience immune deficiency.
Five things that promote immune deficiency
- Stress: Researchers have found a link between stress and the immune system. When people are stressed, their immune system secretes an abnormal level of interleukin-6 (IL-6). This can suppress their immune system and make them vulnerable to diseases. Stress also causes high cortisol levels and low DHEA levels which can promote immune deficiency.
- Refined sugar: Studies have shown that refined sugar suppresses the immune system. When we eat a fruit, we are not just ingesting sugar and water, but also synergistic components, such as mineral activators, enzymes and co-vitamin helpers, and fiber. These components are important for helping our bodies to safely and effectively utilize nutrients. Without them, sugar breaks down improperly and become toxic to our immune systems.
- Unhealthy fats: Trans fatty acids found in fried food has been known to suppress the immune system. Other fats that are not good for the immune system are hydrogenated oil, processed oil and especially oil that has been genetically modified. If you live in the U.S., most of its vegetable oils are either genetically modified or contain genetically modified ingredients, unless they are organic or labeled non-GMO.
- Toxins: Pesticides, herbicides, mercury, lead and certain heavy metals are great for suppressing the immune system.
- Malnutrition: The immune system depends heavily on certain nutrients to function properly. Because our society is saturated with junk food and fast food, many of us are eating foods that lack essential nutrients.