Your Amazing Immune System
We are constantly bombarded by outside forces – gravity relentlessly tugs at our structure, we’re in ongoing combat with microbial invaders, and we have to weather the storms of our emotions and stresses from work, from family, from our finances, and now, from coronavirus.
It’s a very dangerous situation, worse for certain people. At this time of writing, there are 5,370,000 Americans who have tested positive for COVID-19, and about 169,000 deaths – based on those numbers, about 3% of those infected pass away, but keep in mind that many people are positive but have never been tested, since a large percentage of those who are positive for COVID-19 have no symptoms, so they never know and never get tested. So, the percentage of fatality may be less, but even at 3%, the odds are 33 to 1 that you’re going to be okay.
Why do some people get sick and die and others have no symptoms? It has a lot to do with the way your brain and your amazing immune system work together! They keep your body functioning right and protect you from harmful substances, germs and changes in your cells and tissues, so you can experience good health.
What is your immune system? It starts at your skin, which keeps most invaders and dangerous chemicals out. Your bone marrow, the inside of your bones, and your thymus, a gland in your upper chest, make cells that fight infection. Then those cells are distributed through your bloodstream.
At the same time, your lymphatic system is kicking into gear. Your lymph system is a network of vessels that connect the blood with the tissues and organs. Your lymph nodes process information from the body and gives feedback so the defenses are directed effectively. The spleen also processes information and gives feedback in defending against infection.
It’s always important to keep your immune system healthy, but it’s even more important now – healthy people deal better with COVID-19, so do what you can to keep yourself and your family as healthy as possible!