What is Immunity?
An immune system protects the body against various diseases and daily threats like viruses, bacteria, pathogens, microbes, and parasites. This natural defense of our body to fight infections and germs is Immunity.
A healthy lifestyle – not smoking, drinking little or no alcohol, sleeping well, eating a balanced diet, taking regular moderate exercise, yoga, pranayama, meditation and stress management can help our immune systems to be in the best shape possible to tackle pathogens.
There is no permanent ideal of disease resistance, merely the shifting sands of impermanent obsolescence.
– Matt Ridley
Environment Sciences Author
What Roles Does the Immune System Play In The Body ?
- The innate immune system
The innate immune system is what a person is born with. This provides a general defense against harmful germs and substances, so it is also called the non-specific immune system.
- The adaptive immune system
This is the system that you develop when your body is exposed to microbes or chemicals released by microbes. The adaptive (specific) immune system makes antibodies and uses them to specifically fight certain germs that the body has previously encountered. This is also known as an “acquired” (learned) or specific immune response.Because the adaptive immune system is constantly learning and adapting, this subsystem might fight bacteria or viruses that evolve over time better.
How Does Immunity Work In The Human Cellular System?
Viruses multiply and survive inside the cellular system. Many viruses can outsmart the immune system escaping the alert mechanism, when weak. Multiple organs and cells majorly T-cells, NK cells, T-lymphocytes and B-lymphocytes all work together to fight the virus that has entered the body. A person with a weak immunity will need targeted stimulation of inherent disease fighting properties such as increasing T-cells activity via increased cytokine secretion, eradication of pathogens and boosting natural killer cell activity to fight an infection.
What Are The Factors That Weaken The Immune System?
Did you know? The cells in your body react to everything that your mind says. It should come as no surprise that washing your hands often, being fully vaccinated, getting enough sleep, and eating a healthy diet are effective ways of protecting yourself against viruses and other germs. What you may not realize is that other factors in your life could be compromising your body’s ability to protect itself.
- Natural variation of Innate Immunity
- Gut Health
- Nutritional Imbalance
- Poor Lifestyle Choices
- Sedentary Lifestyle
- Stress and Anxiety
Rejuvenate Your Immunity Program at Metabalance
Our team here understands that every individual’s body is different, and so is their requirement and response. Our program is tailor-made by our functional medicine experts keeping in mind the different requirements of each individual, and using a person-centric approach through a combination of various assessments, consultations, and therapies in order for you to experience a balanced immunity, and thus restoring your good health.
- Stress Management & Mindfulness
- Yogasanas & Pranayama
- Other Therapies & Lifestyle changes
Depending on personal preferences and accessibility, you can choose from the following 3 options:
Metabalance’s DIY Immunity Programme at Home
Do-it-yourself is a fun way to get to communicate and enhance your system. It comprises of Metabalance’s extra special Immunity Box, well-curated under medical guidance, which makes it easier for you to boost your immunity with a combination of nutraceuticals, supplements and tutorials to deep breathing, relaxation techniques and yoga-asanas. For specific concerns, there are tele-consultations available with the experts as well.
Metabalance’s 45 Days Rejuvenate Your Immunity Program at the center
Based on various studies and research papers published, and after taking inputs from more than 100 international doctors around the world, Metabalance Healthcare in partnership with Dabur Research Foundation & Althea have developed a specialized and completely comprehensive program that is focused on enhancing a person’s immunity through a combination of factors and therapies.
Metabalance’s Residential Immunity Programme at Niraamaya Retreats
Now part of an award-winning Ayurveda Retreat in Kerala, perched on a dramatic cliff-edge flanked by secluded beaches celebrating its natural surroundings, Metabalance’s Residential Programme for balancing immune health helps the residents rejuvenate the mind, body, and soul where guests are guided on a personalized path to restored well-being!
Frequently Asked Questions
Does the immune system get weaker as you get older?
The immune system gets older just like every cell and system in our body. The body’s ability to fight infection hence reduces and this is the reason why older people become more prone to illnesses.
Does stress and anxiety affect the immunity?
Stress, anxiety, and panic weakens the immune system’s ability to respond to invaders, leaving us more vulnerable to infections. The cells of the immune system (and other body systems) are unable to respond normally and produce levels of inflammation which increase the risk of further health issues.
Can herbs and supplements help improve the immunity?
Consuming daily supplements and nutraceuticals can help ensure you are meeting at least your daily minimum requirement for certain nutrients. These minerals are also critical for the function of many enzyme reactions in the body. Your immune system and body cannot function at their best without the basic building blocks they need to work properly.