The immune system is the final arbiter in your fight against cancer.
A healthy immune system stops cancer in its tracks. Immune cells actually track down cancer cells like a bloodhound on a scent.
Research confirms that the immune system is fully capable of detecting and destroying cancer cells. Why, then, does one person get cancer, but the next does not? A large part of the answer is that people who have a vigorous and healthy immune system are better able to protect against cancer growth than those whose immune systems have been weakened. To view immune cells attacking cancer cells click here.
There are Four Pillars of a Healthy Immune System.
Pillar One: Diet
There are foods that promote immune system health and foods that inhibit it; just as, there are foods that promote cancer growth and those that inhibit it. If your diet contains the foods that support immune health and slow down the rate of growth of cancer cells, this gives the immune system more time to increase the number of immune cells needed to defeat cancer.
The ability of your immune system to prevent recurrence of cancer is directly dependent on your state of nutrition. Diet has a great deal to do with the well-being of our immune system, which in turn has a great deal to do with how well our bodies are able to fight off the spread of cancer cells.
Do you believe you need to make lifestyle changes concerning your diet? Have you eliminated sugar and processed flour from your diet?
Pillar Two: Exercise
Immune cells travel through the lymph system. Lymph is a milky fluid that consists of water, proteins, and immune cells; it is the lifeblood of the immune system. Unlike the cardiovascular system, which is powered by a beating heart, the lymphatic system is a drainage system that depends upon muscle movement and exertion to move lymph through the lymphatic vessels. Exercise causes the lymph to be squeezed through the lymphatic vessels. Without exercise your immune cells become couch potatoes and lazy do-for-nothings.
Do you believe you need to make lifestyle changes concerning the amount of exercise you are getting? Have you set aside at least twenty minutes a day for moderate aerobic physical activity?
Pillar Three: Stress Management
Chronic stress suppresses the immune system and causes immune dysfunction. Cancer brings feelings of loss of control; feelings of helplessness and loss of hope. These feelings often remain long after treatment has been completed and your cancer is in remission. Researchers have determined that depressed people have a decreased number of Natural Killer cells, reduced Natural Killer cell activity and fewer killer-T cells. The effect of stress comes in the form of immunosuppression. The effects of stress hormones on the immune system cause recovery from cancer to be hindered and increase the risk of recurrence.
Do you know the signs of chronic stress? Do you employ stress management techniques?
Pillar Four: Digestive Tract Health
The health of the immune system is dependent upon the health of the digestive tract; and the health of the digestive tract is dependent upon the balance of the microflora (number of beneficial bacteria to harmful bacteria) in the digestive tract. A healthy digestive tract needs a ratio of 85% beneficial bacteria over harmful bacteria.
Over 70% of your body’s immune cells line the outer surface of the digestive tract. Beneficial bacteria in the digestive tract communicate directly with these immune cells and direct their activity.
Does your digestive tract have a ratio of 85% or more of beneficial bacteria?
All authorities on cancer and cancer research advocate lifestyle changes to prevent cancer and cancer recurrence (relapse). As you learn more about the immune system’s role in attacking cancer and holding cancer at bay you will become better equipped to make the commitment to the required lifestyle changes.
To make a lifestyle change means to replace a bad habit with a good habit. Can you identify the bad habits you have concerning diet, exercise, stress, and digestive tract heath (the ratio of beneficial bacteria to harmful bacteria)?
Just as your automobile needs all four tires balanced and properly inflated for you to have a smooth and comfortable ride, your immune health is dependent upon proper maintenance of all four of these immune health pillars.
The inability of the immune system to stop cancer at its early stages, in most cases, is the result of its weakened state. When the immune system becomes suppressed and overburdened, it is no longer able to operate at its optimum level. Should you try to boost your immune system? … click here
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