Inside your body there is a mechanism designed to defend you from millions of bacteria, microbes, viruses, toxins and parasites that would love to invade your body. It works to help defend the body against foreign invaders such as a herpes virus. It is a very strong and complex system that has many different functions to help it keep you healthy.
Let's take some time to explain this system and how it works so that you can understand how to build a better and stronger immune system and how doing so will affect your herpes.
The immune system is a complex network that "patrols" the body and all the different cells to keep on the look out for foreign invaders that can cause you to be sick. The immune system searches your body for antigens and identifies them as infectious agents or as self antigens (which are normal parts of the body).
To understand this completely, you need to understand how the immune system works. To know how it works so you can understand how it helps you fight herpes.
Your immune system uses a huge army of defender cells - different types of white blood cell. You make about 1000 million of them every day in your bone marrow. Some of these cells, called macrophages, constantly patrol your body, destroying germs as soon as they enter. This is your 'natural' or inborn immunity. But if an infection begins to take hold, your body fights back with an even more powerful defence of T- and B-cells. They give you acquired immunity, so that the same germ can never make you as ill again.
I think it is important to know what your immune system is? Living a healthy life and fighting off disease and illness is an ongoing struggle that each of us has to endure. Throughout our life and in all our daily activities we are exposed to viruses and bacteria that can potentially lead to serious illness if our immune system cannot defend against them. We cannot possibly get rid of all the bacteria and viruses around us but we can strengthen our bodies and especially our immune system to a point where it is unlikely that they will cause an infection, and if they do it will be fought off easily.
The immune system is one of the most important systems within the human body. The immune system is that complex operation within our bodies that keeps us healthy and disease-free. It works to help defend the body against foreign invaders such as a virus. It is a very strong and complex system that has many different functions to help it keep you healthy. Few systems in nature are as complicated as the human immune system. It exists apart from, and works in concert with, every other system in the body. When it works, people stay healthy. When it malfunctions, terrible things happen.
An immune system is a system of biological structures and processes within an organism that protects against disease by identifying and killing pathogens and tumor cells. It detects a wide variety of agents, from viruses to parasitic worms, and needs to distinguish them from the organism's own healthy cells and tissues in order to function properly. Detection is complicated as pathogens can evolve rapidly, producing adaptations that avoid the immune system and allow the pathogens to successfully infect their hosts.
The immune system herpes is a complex network that "patrols" the body and all the different cells to keep on the look out for foreign invaders that can cause you to be sick. The immune system searches your body for antigens and identifies them as infectious agents or as self antigens (which are normal parts of the body).
Now that you know what your immune system is, you need to know more about how it works so you can understand how it helps you fight herpes.
The human immune system is made up of mostly white blood cells. However, there are many different types of white blood cells. Most in the immune system are lymphocytes. The two major classes of lymphocytes are T cells and B cells. The T cells help destroy infected cells in your body and keep your immune response healthy and on target. B cells produce the antibodies that remain in your system after fighting off a disease.
The white blood cells are the main fighting soldiers in the body's immune system. They destroy foreign or diseased cells in an effort to clear them from the body. This is why a raised white blood cell count is often an indication of infection. The worse the infection, the more white blood cells the body sends out to fight it. Some other types of blood cells are the macrophages and neutrophils. These blood cells help circulate the blood and they search it for foreign substances. If they locate a foreign antigen such as bacteria, they destroy it as illustrated below.
You also have MHC and Co-Stimulatory molecules in your immune system. These are an active part of your body's defense against foreign antigens and disease. These molecules work by binding to the virus and then communicating with the T cells to help fight the virus.
These cells are important to the response of the immune system for a timely response to the invading virus or antigen.
For the immune system to work properly and most effectively, all the parts and components need to be working together so that the whole system will function at its peak. When all of the system is working correctly, your body is better able to fight against viruses that may be attacking it such as the herpes virus.
Some factors that will aid in strengthening the immune system are as simple as exercise, and a nutritious diet high in complex carbohydrates, low in fat, and free of preservatives and chemicals. Another step towards a strong defense is to reduce stress through meditation, relaxation, laughter or whatever method works best for you.
Herbs, which are known to enhance the immune system, may be taken along with a healthy diet. Some herbs which are beneficial to the immune system are Echinacea (not for herpes), Siberian Ginseng, Garlic, Usnea, Elderberry, Astragalus, and Oregon Grape just to name a few. Essential oils are also pivotal in maintaining a beneficial environment, which is free from disease. Because of their antibacterial and anti-microbial properties, essential oils may be applied to the skin to help defend against herpes, bacterial or viral infections.
Vitamins/Mineral Supplements should certainly never replace a healthy diet, however, they may help to build up the body when the diet is lacking. All vitamins and minerals are essential to good health. Without the proper nutrients the body becomes depleted and the immune system becomes compromised. Environmental pollutants, radiation, chemicals, etc produce free radicals. Free radicals are unstable atoms, which create oxidation in the body and have the ability to damage normal cells. The body can deal with some free radicals, however, when they become excessive and there are no antioxidants present, damage to cells can occur. Antioxidants donate an electron to the free radical or unstable molecule. Vitamins C and E are important antioxidants that help keep the immune system in check. Zinc and vitamin A are effective in increasing T cell activity. If the body is deficient in selenium antibody response is lowered. It is important to understand that vitamins and minerals work synergistically together and one without the other is of very little benefit. It is important to supplement the body when diet is lacking and when under additional emotional or physical stress.
By combining herbs, vitamins, and essential oils with a nutritious diet, and exercise and by learning to reduce stress, not only will you build a strong immune system, but you will also be building a strong foundation, which is free from disease and from herpes symptoms. Keep in mind that a healthy psychological balance is also crucial in supporting immune function. It is important to have strong relationships as well as a positive attitude. -The mind and body working together as a whole to help prevent disease.