By Julie Williams
What does the Immune System have to do with the Business Owner?
A reasonable question. I run my small business and I’m here to tell you that my immune system has everything to do with my business and how much I accomplish. A healthy immune system determines how many days I’m performing at my peak, how many fewer appointments get canceled, and just my overall well being. Energy is usually the first thing people notice when they’re not operating at their best.
Have you been sluggish lately? Here are a few tips to boost your immune system, thus boost your business.
Okay, the first one isn’t stay home to cut down your risk of exposure. There are two distinct, but inter-connected immune sub-systems: the innate and the acquired.
The acquired immune system is that part with ‘memory.’ It is involved ‘positively’ with immunization and ‘negatively’ with allergy and auto-immunity. Once the acquired immune system has learned to recognize an enemy, after an initial infection or vaccine, it remembers the enemy’s characteristics and generates the proper response. It is a powerful, highly specific, and sophisticated system but initially slow to respond. It is only able to respond quickly and efficiently if you have already encountered the threat previously.
Your first line of defense is the innate immune system, which is more basic. It is faster to respond but less specific. The key cellular components are macrophages, neutrophils and Natural Killer (NK) cells. These natural defensive troops constantly patrol your body looking for anything that doesn’t belong there. If macrophages and neutrophils spot bacterium, they swallow it and try to digest it. If NK cells recognize a virally infected cell they will try and kill it to prevent further viral replication. They will do the same with cancer cells to prevent growth.
There is a little known secret to boosting the effectiveness of your innate immune systems. It is one of the missing nutrients in most of our diets. They are called beta-glucans, plant yeasts that occur in the normal process in a plant’s life. That process is fermentation. In the good old days you could grow your own or buy fruits and veggies at the store and they would have those brown or browning spots. That is unheard of today!
That Disney fruit at the grocer makes the dishes you cook look so much better. Those brown spots contained the the 1:3,1:6 chain of beta glucans. This particular chain travels through the stomach into the small intestine where they are taken up by M cells in specialized regions called Peyer Patches. In the Peyer patches they are presented to the macrophages whose receptors recognize them and bind them together. They then convey them to various regions of the body such as the lymph nodes, thymus, and bone marrow. The macrophages break down the beta glucans into smaller particles and release them over 24-36 hours. These active fragments bind themselves onto the surface of the neutrophils, the most abundant immune cells found in the body. They lock onto the CR3 receptors (Complement Receptor 3) and the neutrophil is now activated or primed and ready to react to pathogens.
So there it is. A simple science lesson on the immune system. Most of us get vaccines and are dealing with the ‘memory’ part of the immune system. The innate part is really the most important because it is the difference between turning the pathogen into a ‘memory’ or the pathogen turning us into a memory!
Julie Williams, The Accidental Nutritionist, educates the public about the necessities of proper omega balance and issues surrounding our public water supplies, including consumption and external use of those supplies. Julie clarifies health issues commonly misunderstood, and helps business owners improve their quality of life with simple adjustments made to their daily routine. To work with Julie, call 817-894-5311 or email her at TheHealthDepot@Yahoo.com.