The immuno-respiratory system
The immune system is the army that protects us from invaders. It extends throughout
all body systems and is linked to our brain and affected by our state of mind.
It protects us from bacteria, viruses, and cancer cells. Its basic strategy
is simple: recognize the enemy and attack. The immune system is perhaps the
"most important" body system when considering living well and maintaining
good health. A healthy immune system can meet all challenges.
The respiratory system supplies oxygen to the blood so that this vital substance
can be distributed to all cells. At the same time, it removes carbon dioxide,
a waste product of body processes.
The primary structures of these systems include the lymph, lymph vessels, and
lymph nodes; thymus; bone marrow; nostrils; bronchi; lungs; diaphragm; and respiratory
muscles, which assist breathing.
Although the immune and respiratory systems are two individual systems, we
have linked them because many respiratory problems originate with a weakened
When things go wrong
When our immune system doesn’t work, we don’t work. There are truly
too many disorders relating to a compromised immune system to mention. Some
of these include allergies, AIDS, Grave’s disease, multiple sclerosis and
lupus, bacterial infections, viral infections, upper respiratory infections
(colds, sinusitis, tonsillitis, influenza), bronchitis, pneumonia, emphysema,
Why things go wrong
Again, we must repeat, our lifestyle is a prime factor. A diet high in processed
foods and the overconsumption of sugar can weaken the immune system, making
it difficult for us to fight bacteria and viruses. Other factors include exposure
to toxic substances, lack of exercise and rest, smoking, and pollutants.
To maintain immuno-respiratory health
Live the Healthy Cell Concept™, paying special attention
to eating fruits and vegetables and getting adequate exercise and rest. Vitamins
A, C, B12, E, and beta carotene and the minerals potassium, copper, iron, and
zinc are especially helpful. Helpful supplements include essential fatty acids,
ginkgo biloba, and antioxidants.