Locked and Loaded

It is one of the most effective armies ever constructed. Fortunately for all of us, it wins more battles than it loses. It has no general and knows no geographic borders.

Welcome to your immune system, your body’s natural de­­fense that relentlessly battles infections, bacteria, parasites and any virus identified as a threat to normal healthy tissue.

The primary immune system defenders include:

(1) Tonsils and Thymus: both produce antibodies that fight infections

(2) Lymphatic System: traps bacteria, viruses and other foreign substances, which are then destroyed by white blood cells called lymphocytes

(3) Bone Marrow: the primary site of new blood cell production

(4) Spleen: filters compromised blood cells, destroying bacteria and other harmful blood-borne substances

(5) White Blood Cells: attackers that attempt to obliterate harmful bacteria, viruses and other disease-causing organisms

A strong, healthy immune system identifies and eliminates germs and other invaders that have no business being in your body. In contrast, a compromised immune system opens the door to health problems, allowing infectious agents to flourish and cause major illnesses, along with annoying maladies such as colds or the flu.

Even though the immune system is built to defend and does an incredible job of protecting you from disease-causing microbes, healthy lifestyle choices can help to maintain its effectiveness; for example, not smoking, regular exercise, sufficient sleep, wholesome nutrition and AIM’s high-quality health products.

AIM’s whole-food concentrates and targeted nutrition provide supplemental support that can assist the immune system’s army in its constant battle against germ warfare.

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Vitamin A Helps Move Immune Cells to the Gut

Carrots for the Immune System

You may have heard that seventy percent of your immune system is in your gut.  That’s a neat, simple and surprisingly true claim, but why is seventy percent of the immune system located there?  Is it because of the large amount of symbiotic gut flora that calls your stomach home? Well, partly, but it seems that it’s a bit more complicated then that. Here is the million-dollar explanation from some scientists who published a study in the journal of Clinical and Experimental Immunology.

The gastrointestinal system plays a central role in immune system homeostasis. It is the main route of contact with the external environment and is overloaded every day with external stimuli, sometimes dangerous as pathogens (bacteria, protozoa, fungi, viruses) or toxic substances, in other cases very useful as food or commensal flora. The crucial position of the gastrointestinal system is testified by the huge amount of immune cells that reside within it. Indeed, gut-associated lymphoid tissue (GALT) is the prominent part of mucosal-associated lymphoid tissue (MALT) and represents almost 70% of the entire immune system;

The ten dollar explanation: Necessity. We eat things with germs and fungus on them and those things go right to our tummies. We can’t not eat, so our guts became the central loci for our bodies’ defenses. We can also thank our belly-bound buddy, the gut flora for the role it plays keeping us healthy. The gut flora is basically a gatekeeper that spurs the immune system into action whenever it/they come across something it/they don’t particularly like.  That’s why probiotics usage is so important, and all that lymph tissue represents the bulk of the human body’s ability to fight off invaders when our bossy gut flora commands it.

So where does vitamin A fit in to this fine system?

For years studies have shown that when someone was vitamin A deficient that their immune system was also in tatters, but it wasn’t quite clear why this was the way it was. Well, folks, today some scientists appear to have an answer.  According to a study published in the July issue of Immunity,  retinoic acid a metabolite from digested vitamin A is necessary because it guides innate immune cells to their proper places. The retinoic acid activate receptors that send them straight to the intestines where they settle in mucosal barrier tissues.

From the Press Release:

“It is important that these cells be concentrated in mucosal barrier tissues, as opposed to scattered throughout the body, because these tissues are the point of entry for many infections from bacteria, viruses and parasites,” Kim said. “Now that we have established the system of migration for these cells, we can play with it a little and see what changes the behavior and function of the cells.”

So eat your carrots! They’re essential!