January 02, 2021
In an instant—everything changed.
This was a challenging year for all of us, and we hope that Beauty Beet Box was a bright spot in your month and on your doorstep. With the devastating effects of Coronavirus and social distancing becoming mandatory worldwide -- there's been much to be anxious about. Amidst the frenzy and uncertainty of it all, it's so important to stay centered and as healthy as possible.
The one thing that became clear to us over the last year was that we weren't paying attention to our immune system. The global health crisis forced many of us to acknowledge we didn't pay our immune systems much attention until something came for it. When there wasn't an imminent danger we carried on, business as usual while our loyal immune system did what it does, holding us down day in and day out.
No matter where we find ourselves in our wellness journey, we probably understand the basic function of the immune system and the importance of keeping it strong but do we really understand what it is? Let’s get a little better acquainted and understand how we can keep it supported, so it can continue to keep us protected.
The immune system is comprised of a network of cells and proteins that protect the body from infection (or microbes). The immune system includes white blood cells, antibodies, complement system, lymphatic system, spleen, bone marrow, and thymus. In addition, other parts of the body work in conjunction with our immune systems to protect the body from infection. Skin, our largest organ, works with the immune system by functioning as a barrier, preventing harmful organisms from entering the body. When a part of the interconnected network is compromised, the chances of infection increases.
The immune system is complex and can be challenging when trying to determine what went awry when we get sick. A balanced immune system is a strong immune system. There’s no one pill or action that results in a strong system. Instead, a strong immune system is one where all of the parts are working in sync. It’s a balancing act. When our immune systems are strong we experience long periods of wellness, no colds, no stomach bugs, or host of other illnesses.
Making healthy choices in all areas of our lives contribute to a stronger immune system. Every healthy choice matters, from maintaining healthy (stress-free) relationships to nourishing our bodies with a diet that supports immune function. Maintaining a balanced immune system at all times is a crucial reason for why wellness matters.
Although the immune system is a complex network, there are things we can all do to boost our immune system so it can function properly and provide the defense our body needs from day to day.
A strong immune system is absolutely necessary for our wellbeing. A weakened immune system leaves us vulnerable to illness. Incorporate these basic tips but go further and identify your personal needs. Taking the time to understand our bodies and what we need generally and as individuals is critical to building a wellness plan that will sustain us.
We want to know...What overall wellness practices have you incorporated to keep your immune system balanced?
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