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The Immune System

The immune system is a range of processes within the human body that fight to protect it against disease and keep us healthy. In affect it is our self-defense mechanism. Different fighter cells target and tackle alien dangerous pathogens such as bacteria, viruses or fungi and wipe them out. In a healthy body this happens continuously, but many diseases as well as treatment for disease can reduce our immunity, and cause health problems.

Cancer and the Immune System

Not only can cancer itself weaken the immune system but the chemotherapy and radiotherapy used as treatment for cancer can cause a reduction in the number of white fighter cells made in the bone marrow. If you have to have steroids within treatment as well, these can also add to the effect.

Nutrition and Stress

Malnutrition is a common cause of reduced immunity or immunodeficiency. Many nutrients such as zinc, iron, copper, and vitamins A and C have an influence on the immune system.

It is also widely believed that long term stress can have a negative effect on the immune system. Therefore reducing stress can help improve it.

At Vita Retreats we will aim to reduce your stress levels by creating a calm environment and giving you some relaxation tools, as well as provide you with a delicious 3 day immunity boosting eating plan.