Isnt it always the case we dont miss something until it's gone! I find this is something very relevant about our immune system. For years we can plough through life not giving it a second thought until we are struck down with an illness. Of course, anyone who has been diagnosed with any of the big guns know exactly what I am referring to, but what about all those little triggers that bring us to a halt - winter colds, kidney & ear infections, cold sores, swollen joints or candida! The list of course is endless. Each time our well being takes a hit its usually a result of a compromised immune system.
First a little insight into what exactly is this invisible fortress of immunity inside all of us. Put very simply the immune system consists of various cells, tissues and organs inside the body. Each of these protects against disease or foreign bodies such as toxins, viruses, harmful bacteria etc. Along our digestive tract (think of a very long hollow tube opened on both ends) has the largest colony of micro-organisms that form a major part of our immune system. These assist in the break down of nutrients from foods, identifying harmful microbes and producing anti-biotic substances against invading harmful bacteria or substances. Other organs include the thymus, spleen, bone marrow and lymph nodes. In many ways keeping your digestive system working and making sure the lining is in tip top shape will influence how nutrients are absorbed, pathogenic bacteria or harmful toxins are identified thus keeping the rest of the body's organs healthy.
So what can we do to keep this fortress armed to prevent these invading symptom triggering armies from attacking.
nourish life with Marian
Young at heart mother of one with a passion for food, foraging & fun with friends!