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Cells, organs, and a myriad of proteins all working together to keep you healthy and safe.  In a nutshell, that is the job of your Immune System.

The Immune System may very well be the most advanced and intricate system of the entire body.  It is your first line of defense to defeat all those downright dangerous pathogens you encounter daily.

To make it easier to understand, I’ll divide it into 2 parts.  The first is the Innate Immune System.  The second, the Adaptive (or Aquired) Immune System.

The two primary functions of the Innate Immune System are to act as a barrier between you and the environment thereby preventing invaders from entering your body.  If that doesn’t work it is then responsible to search out and destroy those invaders.

What most don’t realize is that your SKIN is your first line of defense.  Yes, the skin is a part of your Immune System.  It is your largest organ. It provides a physical, multi-layered barrier to external threats.  There are glands in the skin that make it a hostile environment for microbes.  Shedding skin cells carry any bacteria that has managed to make its way into the skin.   This leaves you clean, fresh, and microbe-free!

 

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Vitamin D’s Power Against Covid10

Vitamin D’s Power Against Covid10

Reclaim Your Health! Reclaim Your Life I normally post every 2 weeks but I thought this was so important I wanted to share it as soon as possible.   The entire article (with references) is below but I summarized the 3 main points. Summary: *Researchers say that the...

Eating More Plants = Longer Life New Study Shows

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The Immune System & Immune Support Pt. 4/4

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Black Bean Bake

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Thick & Hearty Wild Rice/Mushroom Soup

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Reclaim Your Health! Reclaim Your Life! There's nothing like a bowl of thick, creamy, soup at the end of a long day. This one fits the bill! Better yet, it's vegan and gluten-free for guilt-free enjoyment! Chock full of nutrition and great flavor it's a wonderful...

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Reclaim Your Health! Reclaim Your Life There's nothing like ending a cold day with a bowl of creamy chowder!  Pair it with some whole grain toast and your taste buds and tummy will both be happy! On top of that, my 17 year old daughter likes it so, in my book, that's...

Demystifying Your Immune System Pt. 2/2

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Winter Foods…

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