The immune system is comprised of a network of cells, tissues, and organs that help defend the body from infections, disease, and sickness. Its main function is to prevent or minimize infection and disease by destroying harmful or foreign substances (antigens) such as bacteria, viruses, chemicals, or toxins.
The skin, mucous membranes, white blood cells, and organs and tissues of the lymph system are all of the parts of the body that are part of the immune system. The skin is the first line of defense against microbes and harmful germs. the skin helps prevent germs from entering the body, while mucous membranes, which are the inner linings of some organs and body cavities, such as the respiratory tract and gut, create mucus and other substances that trap and fight pathogens and antigens (germs and bacteria) that cause infection. Lymph nodes, lymph vessels, tonsils, thymus (located in the upper chest), and bone marrow are organs and tissue of the lymph system that carry white blood cells (leukocytes and lymphocytes) which destroy invading bacteria and remember the harmful organisms so that the body is equipped to fight them off in the future.
When the immune system overreacts or has an immune response when there isn’t a real threat, this leads to problems such as allergies, asthma and autoimmune diseases. As people age, their immune system responses become reduced and the likelihood of becoming sick more frequently increases leading to respiratory infections such as pneumonia, influenza and other flu-like diseases. In fact, according to an article from Harvard Health, studies of influenza vaccines have shown that people over the age of 65 responded less to a vaccine making it less effective than when compared to giving the vaccine to healthy children.
It has been determined that some helpful ways to strengthen the immune system are through a healthy diet, regular exercise and mental fitness or stress management as these factors all play a part in how well the immune system can defend the body from sickness. As dry salt particles possess anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, salt therapy is another effective way to strengthen the immune system. Salt therapy is ideal as the salt particles enter the body through absorption of the skin and through inhalation, allowing salr particles to envelop harmful germs and bacteria found in the body.
It is important to note that Salt Therapy is a natural supplemental way to help alleviate symptoms but does not cure any condition or disease.