Inflammation, Immunity and Infection and how they affect your life and your mind. #atoz

This entry is part 10 in the series Improve Your Life, Improve Your Mind


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.

See if you can identify one area in this post that you need to learn more about or put into practice. Share below in the comment section.

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
  • dizziness
  • depression
  • headaches
  • 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?

Which one area in this post do you need to learn more about or put into practice? Share below in the comment section.


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16 comments on “Inflammation, Immunity and Infection and how they affect your life and your mind. #atoz

  1. I have been Vitamin D deficient and used to take supplements. Like in your case, I could not seek excuse living in India with plenty of sunshine. Now that I am in UK and it is a sunny summer, I go out in the sun on weekdays. However, it is not by design but by necessity of walking son to school and getting back home. Nevertheless, it should work.

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    • Thanks, Sue. I am enjoying this A to Z. I wish I had more time to spend reading blogs as there are some good themes out there. I’m working with my back to the wall on a deadline – the end of this week (during April, I ask you?) so hopping in and out in the early morning and evening. The rest of the day I’m away at a retreat on my own. It’s the only way I will reach the deadline. Have a great day.

    • Hi Leanne. Yes, that is your sort of thing, hi?! And yes, that makes two of us. Although I can go for days and only see early morning, late night sun because I get locked up with my computer. No excuse in countries like ours for a lack of Vitamin D though!

  4. I have a couple of auto-immune issues so keeping inflammation at bay is something I do through food choices, e.g. I eat pineapple, turmeric and ginger ever day. Yoga and mediation also help to keep things calm:)
    I is for Ishq

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