The immune system (resistance power) is a system of many biological structures and processes within an organism that protects against disease. To function properly, an immune system must detect a wide variety of agents, known as pathogens, from viruses to parasitic worms, and distinguish them from the organism's own healthy tissue. In many species, the immune system can be classified into subsystems, such as the innate immune system versus the adaptive immune system, or humoral immunity versus cell-mediated immunity.
Pathogens can rapidly evolve and adapt, and thereby avoid detection and neutralization by the immune system; however, multiple defense mechanisms have also evolved to recognize and neutralize pathogens. Even simple unicellular organisms such as bacteria possess a rudimentary immune system, in the form of enzymes that protect against bacteriophage infections. Other basic immune mechanisms evolved in ancient eukaryotes and remain in their modern descendants, such as plants and insects. These mechanisms include phagocytosis, antimicrobial peptides called defensins, and the complement system. Jawed vertebrates, including humans, have even more sophisticated defense mechanisms, including the ability to adapt over time to recognize specific pathogens more efficiently. Adaptive (or acquired) immunity creates immunological memory after an initial response to a specific pathogen, leading to an enhanced response to subsequent encounters with that same pathogen. This process of acquired immunity is the basis of vaccination and healthy eating habits.
Boosting immune system (resistance) is important for healthy living otherwise disorders of the immune system can result in autoimmune diseases, inflammatory diseases and cancer. Immunodeficiency occurs when the immune system is less active than normal, resulting in recurring and life-threatening infections.
Immunodeficiency can either be the result of a genetic disease such as severe combined immunodeficiency, acquired conditions such as HIV/AIDS, or the use of immunosuppressive medication. In contrast, autoimmunity results from a hyperactive immune system attacking normal tissues as if they were foreign organisms. Common autoimmune diseases include Hashimoto's thyroiditis, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes mellitus type 1, and systemic lupus erythematosus.
Lifestyle habits directly impact immune system (resistance power) of the body. The immune system is affected by sleep and rest, and sleep deprivation is detrimental to immune function. Complex feedback loops involving cytokines, such as interleukin-1 and tumor necrosis factor-α produced in response to infection, appear to also play a role in the regulation of non-rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. Thus the immune response to infection may result in changes to the sleep cycle, including an increase in slow-wave sleep relative to REM sleep.
Sleeping and adequate rest for the body is important along with maintaining healthy eating habits which is prescribed by Ayurveda.
Improve Resistance Power (Immune) : Ayurvedic Natural Home Remedies
1. Drinking Luke warm water mixed with a spoon of pure Honey and a spoon of Lemon juice everyday morning helps to increase resistance power.
2. Drinking Milk boiled with a pinch of Turmeric and Black pepper (Kali mirch) every night before going to bed prevents many diseases and also helps to increase resistance power.
3. Eating a Gooseberry (Amla) everyday helps to improve resistance power by providing necessary vitamins and iron.
4. Eating 5 Basil (Tulsi) leaves everyday helps to increase resistance power even for Cancer.
5. Drinking Milk boiled with Harad (Haritaki) powder and mixed with a spoon of Honey everyday helps to increase resistance power.
6. Eating Papaya (Papita) everyday helps to increase resistance power.
7. Betel leaves (Pan) with small quantity of Lime (Chuna) and a piece of Areacanut (Supari) taken helps to increase resistance power.