This post was originally written for the A to Z Blogging Challenge (April 10 2018).
I plan to post one “letter” a week only, and will commence with those who saw the least amount of attention during April. For this week, I invite you to explore with me the topic, Immunity, Infection and Inflammation.
First a word of explanation:
Rise and Soar is a website with a blog, which concentrates on inspiring and encouraging those in the cancer valley. Whether you are a patient, a survivor, a caregiver, family or friends, this site is for you. It is NOT a health site. It is meant to encourage folk. I realized my A to Z theme applied to everyone who cares about what is happening to their bodies and minds. This makes no difference whether you are getting older or you are battling cancer. You still need to learn how to care for your body and mind.
Now the challenge is over:
I am revisiting each of the posts and invite folk who didn’t read them at the time to visit them now. If you did read them before, if you were reading at the speed I did during the month, chances are you will find new thoughts to encourage you. Please add your comments and share the posts on social media.
This post can only touch very briefly on all three, but hopefully there will be enough information for you to want to further pursue the topics for yourself.
Immunity, infection and inflammation
Your immunity is the natural defense system of your body. It helps defend your body from outside invaders such as bacteria and viruses. It also patrols your body in the search for trouble makers such as cancer cells.
If you pick up an infection, or for example get stung or stand on a thorn your body will rush to the defense. The area will turn hot and set up an inflammation as your immune system seeks to bring healing.
If your immune system breaks down, you become more susceptible to infections, cancers, allergies and auto-immune disorders where your body attacks itself. Many of these unpleasant characters not only cause disease and physical inflammation, they also cause memory and mental issues.
Watch this fascinating video that shows cells from the immune system attacking cancer cells:
Symptoms to watch out for:
Any one or more of these if they have lasted for more than a few days need to be medically investigated.
- elevated temperatures, even low-grade
- severe fatigue
- night sweats
- swollen glands
- sore throat
- muscle or joint pain
- nausea and or diarrhea
- and really any other abnormal situations that don’t clear up quickly on their own.
Reduce your infection and immunity disease risk by:
- getting to know your medical doctor so you can discuss issues with him
- ask him to test for areas that concern you
- get as much healthy sunshine as you can. If you live in a country which has very little sunshine, discuss with your doctor the wisdom of taking Vitamin D on a regular basis
- lower your stress (see Stress for some insight on how to do this) and increase the fun factor in your life
- eat healthily (read Nourish Your Life, Nourish Your Mind) and where possible, avoid foods that have been fed antibiotics (grain-fed as against free-range animals.)
- if you have to take antibiotics, always take pro-biotics with them.
So what do you need to do first?