Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Brain & Body Immune Systems, 1

I know that one of two main risk factors for becoming infected with this new Coronavirus is the type and amount of exposure What is the other one?

The other main risk factor is the strength of your immune system. The brain and the body both have immune systems—although no one knew the brain had one until late 2015. The brain-body immune systems are very closely connected. One writer commented that “their hands are shoved so deeply into each other’s pockets you can’t tell which is which.” That’s the good news and the bad news because what happens in the brain, in effect, also happens in the body’s immune system and vice versa. There are many parts to these immune systems including: lymph vessels in the three coverings (meninges) of the brain, tonsils and adenoids, the appendix and Peyer’s patches in the abdomen, Thymus gland, lymph nodes, bone marrow, and spleen—and maybe some other parts science hasn’t discovered as yet. The immune system is the most amazing healing system in the world but it’s level of effectiveness is typically tied to lifestyle and the habits of everyday living. There are strategies that strengthen the immune system and bad habits that tear it down. More tomorrow

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