Let's look at a deeper connection that you may not have made yet! The cells of the immune system and the inflammatory system communicated directly with the central and peripheral nervous systems. There are two main pathways that connect the brain and the immune system. The autonomic nervous system ( your fight/flight and rest/digest) and something called the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal-axis (HPA). The communication between these systems is done through chemical messaging released by nerve cells, endocrine organs, and immune cells.
If the brain and nervous system are not able to effectively send messages throughout the body, do you see how it can have an effect on the function of your immune system? According to Scott and Dawson in the Scientific American, "no one could survive without precise signaling in cells. The body functions properly only because the cells constantly communicate with each other."
Getting the signaling in your body straight is the first step to boosting your immune system. As the body continues to build resistance it will learn to adapt and heal quickly and you will find yourself not getting sick as often or for long periods of time. Have you been checked to see how your nervous system is doing?
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