The Immune System Part II

The Immune System Part II

The idea of boosting your immunity is enticing, but the ability to do so has proven elusive for many people.  The immune system is precisely that – a system, not a single entity.  To function well, it requires balance and harmony.   Researchers are exploring the effects of diet, exercise, age, psychological stress and other factors on the immune response.  A healthy immune system can defeat invading pathogens.

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The Immune System

The Immune System

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.  A healthy immune system has the capability of distinguishing these threats from the body’s own health tissue.  

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What is Heartburn?

What is Heartburn?

Heartburn occurs when stomach acid backs up into the esophagus (the tube that carries food from your mouth to your stomach).  Normally when you swallow, your lower esophageal sphincter (a band of muscle around the bottom of your esophagus), relaxes to allow food and liquid to flow down into your stomach.  The muscle then tightens again.

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Let's Talk About Hip Pain

Let's Talk About Hip Pain

A bursa is a closed fluid filled sac that functions as a gliding surface (cushion) for the bones, tendons and muscles near the joints. If you can imagine a rope sliding back and forth over a sharp surface, over time it frays and wears out. The same scenario would happen in your body without bursa to reduce that friction.

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Understanding Tendinitis

Understanding Tendinitis

A tendon is a tough band of fibrous connective tissue that usually connects muscles to bone and is capable of withstanding tension.  Tendons are similar to ligaments, both are made of collagen.  Ligaments join one bone to another, while tendons connect muscles to the bone.

Tendinitis is inflammation or irritation of a tendon – any one of the thick fibrous cords that attach muscles to bone.  

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