The immune system is the body’s internal defense system. It protects us from outside invaders, such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites, and toxins, and is made up of different organs, cells, and proteins that act together to fight off infection and to keep the body in good health.
The immune system works hard for us every minute of every day. It is constantly on the lookout for different pathogens that may affect our health. The immune system does the incredible task of keeping a clear record of every germ (microbe) it has ever destroyed so it can identify and destroy the microbe/germ as soon as it is possible if it enters the body again. It is truly an impressive feat.
The Constant War On Our Health
Our body is constantly under attack. This isn’t being mentioned here to scare you, but to inform you, and to help you gain some perspective on just how much the immune system does for us.
We live as members of a greater ecosystem. We share this environment with countless other organisms, and an essential fact of life is that organisms are constantly competing with one another for access to the finite resources available to them. This is happening at different scales, some observable, and some microscopic.
Our bodies are also environments that contain microscopic organisms like bacteria, viruses, fungi, etc.—themselves constantly cooperating and competing against each other. The point is, in nature, creatures are always trying to get one-up on each other, to feed on others, or to steal resources from others.
This happens within our own bodies. We have many microorganisms that are constantly attacking our health—bacteria, fungi, yeasts, viruses, and parasites. It is the job of the immune system to protect us from these invaders, and it typically does a very good job at it.
However, in our modern-day, we have more to worry about than just the different organisms trying to attack us or feed on us. We are increasingly exposed to industrial chemicals and other environmental toxins that can have a serious effect on our body’s health.
These environmental toxins (pesticides, heavy metals, industrial chemicals, etc.) also need to be handled by the immune system. They contain many free radicals that damage our cells and our DNA. The immune system can work to regenerate our damaged cells and repair our DNA, but it can only do so much, and if it is overburdened with other tasks, it becomes more difficult for the immune system to protect us from the damage caused by exposure to environmental toxins.
How Parasites Distract The Immune System
Parasites are one of the biggest distractions to our immune system because they not only deprive us of essential nutrients and release toxins in the body, but they require a lot of energy and attention to get rid of. The immune system begins to focus all of its energy on protecting us from parasites, while it fails to protect us from damage caused by exposure to toxins. We can, however, support the immune system and help it to do its job more effectively. The immune system doesn’t just function all by itself—it relies upon the nutrients and compounds available to it through diet.
We can provide our immune system with nutrients that keep it strong and functional, and we can also provide it with chemical compounds from natural herbs that it can use to protect itself from harmful invaders like parasites.
Herbs like Wormwood, Cloves, and Green Black Walnut Hulls, for example, all contain bioactive compounds with powerful anti-parasitic properties. Consuming these herbs in the proper forms and dosages can support the immune system in getting rid of parasites and other harmful organisms so that the immune system can focus on more important tasks like protecting us from environmental toxins, regenerating damaged cells, and repairing DNA.
Zuma Nutrition offers a great Parasite Detox product that contains these three herbs in a very bioavailable form. The combination of these three herbs in this formula helps support the body’s effective detoxification of both the egg and the adult stages of 100 different internal parasites, including amoebas, giardia, many worms, and liver flukes.
Parasites are a part of life, and they exist in nearly every natural ecosystem. It is natural to get a parasitic infection, but if left untreated, it can be harmful to our health. Cleansing the body with anti-parasitic herbs a few times each year and eating a healthy, nutritious diet are great ways to support the immune system so that it can focus on keeping us strong and healthy.