The immune system lives and works in all tissues and organs of the body. The immune system is responsible for identifying harmful substances and pathogens, determining an appropriate response, and repairing tissue damage.
The development of our immune system begins at birth and a myriad of factors can influence its activity throughout a life cycle. These factors include age, diet, stress, gastrointestinal health, and environmental and toxic exposure. It should be noted that the gastrointestinal tract constitutes almost 70% of the entire immune system!
A pregnant woman’s age, diet, lifestyle, and nutrient stores play a crucial role in the development of the fetus. Illness or major stressors during pregnancy can alter the development of the fetal immune system. Additionally, some toxins are able to cross the placenta to affect the immune system of the fetus.
Childhood and adolescence
From birth, our environment is a key factor in the maturation of our immune system. Whether we are breastfed, treated with antibiotics for infections, or regularly exposed to environmental allergens or toxic chemicals, all have effects on immune functioning. Additionally, these factors may affect the risk of exaggerated or inappropriate immune or inflammatory responses later in life.
Lifestyle – ranging from diet, nutrient intake and stores, to physical activity, stress levels and environment – influences immune functioning. Major life changes and stressors can cause immune functioning to go from normal to insufficient or overzealous.
Become less resilient. Functional disturbances, such as hormonal changes, decreased energy production, or the buildup of cellular toxins, lead to increased levels of inflammation, slowed immune responses, and greater susceptibility to infection.
What is your timeline?
Mapping your own timeline — past illnesses, stressful events, toxic exposures — can often reveal root causes and contributing factors to symptoms and conditions. Maintaining balanced immune and inflammatory function ensures that the immune system continues to recognize what is and is not dangerous to the body, respond to infections and injuries, and repair damage appropriately.
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In these troubled times, it’s important to arm your immune system with the foundational nutrients it needs. Speak to an Origin26 nutritionist today and create your own personalized immune support pack to help boost your immune system. Click here to schedule your free 10 minute consultation.