What does the immune system do?
The major function of our immune system is to protect our bodies from environmental insults like microbes, viruses or chemicals, thereby preserving the integrity of our body. It is done via a complex system that supports the recognition of self and elimination of non-self. The front line of our immunes system is our skin, GI tract and respiratory tract. Making sure these systems are optimized is essential.
Immune system dysfunction can be the result of overactivity or underactivity. For example, an overactive immune system leads to many autoimmune disorders. Because of a hyperactive immune response, your body can unintentionally injure normal healthy cells and while eliminating invaders. In essence, your immune system turns against you. Conversely, an underactive immune system makes people more vulnerable to infections, which can be life-threatening in severe cases. A well-balanced immune system is critical for optimal health and wellbeing.