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Nature's Guardian Of Health And Longevity - Part 1
Criminals At Large
Pathogenic viruses, bacteria and chemical contaminants are lurking everywhere. They enter and attack your body by devious methods. They may slither in through a break in your skin or mucous membrane, stealthily hover in the air you breathe, or secretly hide out in the food you eat or the water you drink.
Sometimes you feel the attack immediately as a viral cold or bacterial infection. But then there are the really insidious invaders. These are the more than two million strange new synthetic chemical monsters of our own making. When they hit us we never feel a thing. Their destruction can show up decades later as cancer, heart disease or mutated genes.
These enemies are war criminals at large waiting to destroy your health, cripple your body or ravage your skin and other precious organs. To protect yourself, prevent disease and live a long and healthy life, the most important thing you can do is to strengthen and reinforce your immune system.
Your Department Of Defense
Your immune system is an amazing natural mechanism made up of your thymus gland, spleen, lymph network, bone marrow and about a trillion white blood cells regulated by dozens of enzymes and special proteins acting synergistically to protect your body. Itís like having your own private department of defense.
Your defense system must be able to correctly identify a foreign invader, create an army of cells and antibodies, gather reinforcements, destroy the enemy, call off the troops and install memory cells that continuously patrol the bloodstream to ensure swift future conquest of that particular invader. In a strong healthy immune system, enemies often meet with such a swift death that a battle in your body could be begun and won before you even finish reading this article.
Although it is powerful, your immune system is also extremely delicate. Your thymus gland acts as the commanding general. If the commander is weak and doesnít lead effectively, harmful substances are left free to invade your cells and tissues. As a matter of fact, all of the troops are intricately interdependent on one another. If any link in the chain is weak, we become more susceptible to the invasion of viruses, infections, premature aging and degenerative disease.
Our defense system not only has to fight viruses and bacteria, it also must protect us from free radicals. These trouble makers are formed by exposure to radiation, sun, chemicals in our air, food and water and the metabolism of certain fats.
Both saturated and polyunsaturated fats, combined with oxygen, cause problems. This oxidation sets off a chain reaction comparable to the oxidation process that can turn your car into a rusty wreck. Itís like the rusting of your body.
Rampaging free radical assaults are very irritating to our cells and can upset their delicate balance. Although our defense department is designed to wage radical warfare and to repair the damage done, the system has been over taxed by our high intake of ďbadĒ fats, processed foods and chemical toxins. Therefore, excessive cell damage accumulates over time and has been associated with accelerated aging and serious degenerative diseases.
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