Everything that lives devotes a great deal of its resources to identifying and neutralizing threats from other species. From bacteria to primates, the presence of some kind of effective immune system has served the evolutionary success of all kinds of species on planet earth.
The innate human immune system, specifically exists to prevent or limit infection. Our innate immune system kicks in within seconds after a new antigen is detected by the body. A healthy immune system will immediately recognize danger cues created by unhealthy cells. When the immune system first recognizes these danger signals, it responds to address the problem. It must be able to adapt flexibly and quickly to strange environmental changes.
If an immune response cannot be activated when there is sufficient need, problems arise like infection. On the other hand, when an immune response is activated without a real threat or if the system is not turned off once the danger passes, other problems arise like allergic reactions and autoimmune disease.
The immune system is complex and pervasive and composed of numerous distinct cell types that either circulate throughout the body or reside in a particular tissue.
All immune cells issue from precursors in the bone marrow. These immune cells then develop into mature cells through a series of changes all of which occur in various parts or barriers of the body:
skin—first line/barrier of defense against microbes
bone marrow—containing stem cells that can develop into a variety of cell types that become ‘first responders’ to infection
thymus—where T cells mature; one of the important white blood cells of the immune system and which plays a central role in the adaptive immune response(1); (T standing for thymus)
lymphatic system(2)—transporter of immune cells throughout the body
spleen—the organ that enriches immune cells and activates them when necessary
mucosal tissue—houses specialized ‘immune hubs’
Immune deficiency(3) or a weakening or dysfunction of the immune system can result from a variety of potential causes:
malnutrition (poor diet)
various genetic disorders
physical inactivity over a period of time
lack of fresh air
The scientific understanding of the innate immune system over the last 30 years has been nothing short of revolutionary. It links the immune system not merely to cellular health but to:
1) the massive sea of genomic information we call the virome (the 1015 of viruses floating in our bloodstream and 1031 of viruses in the air, soil and ocean water), and,
The human cell is no longer regarded as the be-all end-all center of human health.
We’ve long held the belief that we must attack the world before it attacks us and so we’ve undermined a great deal of life on earth. This has made a negative impact on our health, our immune systems, and our very survival.
We truly are not here against all odds. Instead, we are here because of the brilliant messengers of the biome, the microbiome and the virome, all of which our bodies are constantly learning from, and which create the cornerstone to our immunity. Our body systems absorb this genetic information and, in their innate wisdom, utilize it or not to repair and turn over cells. This process assists us to not just survive but thrive in a state of health and vitality.
There is a constant coordination between systems in the human body that keep it going, a symphony of activity, all moderated by our constant interaction with the virome, biome and microbiome inside and outside our bodies.
The virome largely exists to communicate to us genetic information emerging from bacteria, fungi, animals, and humans. It exists to convey to us the stressors they themselves are experiencing and what adaptive measures our bodies may take to deal resiliently with those stress exposures.
“The majority of human genes in our body [52%] only arrived there by direct insert from viruses that were creating new adaptive capacity within not just humans but mammals as a whole.” —Dr. Zachary Bush, MD
Solutions for a Stronger Innate Immune System
When we make an effort toward real holistic healing that reduces inflammation and stress on our bodies, we’re able to build stronger immune systems.
Solutions that are simple and nature-centric and compatible with the environment and our bodies will better support our own natural innate immune system and therefore healing.
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Reverse engineering the list several paragraphs above outlining potential causes of compromised immunity, we’ll want to do the following to bring our immunity to balance:
Focus on a truly healthy diet. Do the research in a variety of directions. Don’t just take the first person’s word for what a healthy diet it. It may be healthy to them but may not be for you.
Since it’s difficult to eat the amounts of food it would take many of us to get all the nutrition our bodies need, supplement your diet appropriately. Find the most bio-available supplements you can. Good and proper supplementation can be a sort of safety net.
If you prefer not to supplement, be sure you juice organic fruits and vegetables several times a week or make a large portion of your diet living food. Living food maintains its nutrients intact because it has not been cooked.
Make pharmaceutical medications your option of last resort. Seek out the best reputed results-providing holistic practitioners you can find. Create a life that embraces natural and organic wherever possible.
Make a decision to achieve emotional balance. Happiness and contentment go a very long way toward supporting a vibrant innate immune system. If you find it a challenge to be happy which is very understandable in today’s world, simply begin with finding little things to be grateful for. Continue to acknowledge and appreciate every little thing and soon it will take on a life of its own. Soon you will find yourself smiling more, much more emotionally balanced and healthy 95% of the time.
Remember to laugh—a lot. Watch television shows or movies that get you laughing. Many people have cured themselves of serious disease this way.
Keep your body moving through performing exercise you love. Movement of the body means more fluid movement of appropriate body systems. Several sessions per week of at least 45 minutes of prolonged movement is all it takes. Sustained exercise and movement very directly bolster the innate immune system.
Get out of the house and thrive within nature—regularly. Go out into the sunshine or the moonshine and breathe deeply. Let nature wrap its energies around and permeate you. Go barefoot on the grass or dirt. Bask in the negative ions produced by thunderstorms and the pounding surf. This helps restore and revitalize communication pathways within the body, thereby creating an optimal environment for self-healing.
Honor and embrace the biodiversity of life understanding you are an integral part of it rather than divorced from it. Mimic this biodiversity of life by being flexible, inquisitive, eager to learn more, ever-changing and personally expansive.
Learn more about your relationship to immunity and our relationship to each other and to the virome, biome and microbiome.
It’s mostly since our lives have gotten tech- and medicine-centric and thus stressed that many of us have found that our immune systems have become dysfunctional. We may not have realized that a nurtured space that exalts our innate immunity exists for us within nature and the natural, and nature has been patiently calling us to her all along.
1. As opposed to the ‘innate immune system;’ the adaptive immune system is set into motion via technologies such as vaccinations, for example
2. the network of vessels through which lymph (a colorless fluid containing white blood cells which bathes the tissues and drains through the lymphatic system) drains from the tissues into the blood.
3. a compromised ability to fight off infections and disease
“Overview of the Immune System.” National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, https://www.niaid.nih.gov/research/immune-system-overview.
Nicholson, Lindsay B. “The immune system.” Essays in biochemistry vol. 60,3 (2016): 275-301. doi:10.1042/EBC20160017