The role of the immune system a collection of structures and processes within the body is to protect against disease or other potentially damaging foreign bodies. When functioning properly, the immune system identifies a variety of threats, including viruses, bacteria and parasites, and distinguishes them from the body’s own healthy tissue, according to Merck Manuals.
The immune system is a network of cells, tissues, and organs that work together to defend the body against attacks by “foreign” invaders. These are primarily microbes tiny organisms such as bacteria, parasites, and fungi that can cause infections. Viruses also cause infections, but are too primitive to be classified as living organisms. The human body provides an ideal environment for many microbes. It is the immune system’s job to keep them out or, failing that, to seek out and destroy them.
When the immune system hits the wrong target, however, it can unleash a torrent of disorders, including allergic diseases, arthritis, and a form of diabetes. If the immune system is crippled, other kinds of diseases result.
The immune system is amazingly complex. It can recognize and remember millions of different enemies, and it can produce secretions (release of fluids) and cells to match up with and wipe out nearly all of them.
The popular Moscow professor Sergei Bubnovskiym, reveals his innovative method to boost the immune system.
He maintains that soaking the legs in an ice-cold bath for 10-15 seconds as soon as you return home after work can strengthen the immune system and help it combat common colds and flu!
Another English study showed that the daily showers with cold water increase the numbers of disease-fighting white blood cells.
Namely, the team of researchers at the Britain’s Thrombosis Research Institute found that as the body attempts to warm itself during and after the showering with cold water, the metabolic rate is accelerated and the immune system is activated, and thus causes the increased number of white blood cells.
Another German study showed that the occasional winter swim in cold water leads to oxidative stress. Yet, if this becomes a regular routine, it causes an adaptive antioxidant response and the body is able to fight oxidative stress even better as soon as it gets used to cold-water swims.
This is what to do to boost your immune system:
You should pour some cold water in a basin or in the bathtub. Then, add as much ice cubes as you can, and soak the feet in it for 10-15 seconds.