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The 6 Major Factors That Influence Immune Function

The immune system operates symbiotically with many other processes in the human body. As the first line of defense against pathogens and illness, it needs to be able to do its job properly if any foreign invaders manage to infiltrate the body.

When one factor of overall health is compromised, the immune system can falter, thus leaving you more susceptible to getting sick. But what factors influence the immune system, and how do they do so?

Let’s take a look at six major factors that influence immune function: age, diet, sleep, stress, environmental factors, and genetics.

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Can Exposure To Mold Disrupt Lyme Treatment?

Treatment of Lyme disease can be an uphill battle. This is largely due to the fact that when the Lyme-causing Borrelia bacteria infiltrates the body, it can lay dormant and remain untouched by antibiotics, lying in wait to wreak havoc at a later date. This can hinder treatment, even if it is sought early.

Mold exposure is another dangerous condition, though of a different type to Lyme disease. Generally speaking, mold exposure affects people differently and with varying degrees of severity. But what happens when someone with Lyme disease comes in contact with mold? Can exposure to mold disrupt Lyme treatment, and if so, how?

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3 Ways Mold Can Influence Immune Response

Mold is a type of fungi that can be found both indoors and outdoors. When the spores make their way into the air, they can be ingested. For some people, inhaling mold spores won’t elicit any sort of response. It’s unclear why mold affects some more than others, but those living with a weakened immune system, respiratory illness, allergies, or asthma can all experience negative health effects from exposure to mold spores.

The health effects caused by mold growth occur because of the organic compounds it releases into the air, including allergens, irritants and mycotoxins. In areas where excessive moisture and dampness is an issue, the number of irritants released through an overgrowth of mold can increase, leading to further exposure and possible side effects.

So, what are the ways mold can influence immune response? Immune function is compromised by overexposure to mold in several ways:

  • The disruption of proper cytokine production
  • Mast cell activation
  • Eliciting an allergic reaction within the body, leading to further illness
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How Exercise Affects The Body, Mind And Immune System

A healthy lifestyle isn’t something you can achieve overnight. It takes hard work and discipline not only to reach an optimal level of health, but also to maintain it. Since the human body operates symbiotically, many different processes rely on one another to keep the mind, body, and immune system functioning at their best.

A healthy diet is one of the first things one thinks of when it comes to keeping things running properly, but it’s not the only factor. Exercise plays a vital role in overall health, and sometimes, getting enough or even the right type of exercise can make all the difference when it comes to how well you are.

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The 5 Most Important Vitamins To Maintain A Healthy Immune System

A healthy immune system is the key to overall health. It’s designed to encourage the proper response against invaders when they manage to infiltrate the body and cause infection, disease, or chronic illness. The immune system sends out specific cells in an attempt to curb the spread of these invaders and eliminate them from the body.

When the immune system isn’t functioning at its best – which can happen when the body isn’t getting all the essential vitamins it needs – pathogens have free access, leading to less than ideal outcomes. Some illnesses can be prevented entirely if the immune system is up and running at its most optimal levels, and when that happens, the body will thank you for it. Here are some of the most important vitamins to maintain a healthy immune system.

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