How Smoking Affects Your Immune System

by Dr. Karen Cann on October 19, 2010

Your immune system is crucial in maintaining your health—so it’s important to keep it in good order. But how do you do that? People talk about boosting immunity as if it were a task similar to building muscles or reducing blood cholesterol. Hundreds of ads for supplements and other products promise to boost immunity. But keeping your immune system in good shape is a complicated task.

“How do I boost immunity?” is really the same question as “What can I do to stay healthy?”

Do YOU suffer from any of these symptoms?

Most infectious agents get inside the body when we inhale them or swallow them; a few can enter through the genitals. They make their way into the blood and move rapidly through the body. The immune system has its own circulatory system called lymphatic vessels, which allow white blood cells to catch intruders. Other important parts of the immune system include the tonsils and adenoids, thymus, spleen, lymph nodes, appendix, certain areas of the small intestine, and bone marrow.

Smokers are more at risk to develop bacterial, viral and/or fungal infections, parasites, ulcers, cancer, bronchitis, pneumonia, infertility, high blood pressure, and many more health issues. Why? Smoking depresses the body’s immune response so there is less protection available. A smoker’s body is also more toxic, so the liver is more stressed – making it a target for disease as well.

Because of free radical formation, smokers look older and have more wrinkles in their skin, adding years to their looks. Free radicals are cells of the body that get damaged. Free radicals may be formed through natural human physiological processes as well as from the environment. They may be the result of diet, stress, smoking, alcohol, exercise, inflammation, drugs, or exposure to sunlight and air pollutants.

The good news for smokers is that within 30 days of quitting, your immune activity begins to improve. Therefore, your risks of lung infection decreases as well as your high blood pressure and other health issues. The benefits of stopping smoking do not end there.

Three months after quitting smoking, your body is able to repair itself much more efficiently than it was while you were smoking, and your lungs are able to clean themselves so you are at much less risk for developing  lung infections, bronchitis, and the like.

Ten years after quitting smoking, your immune system has had time to do more than remove the toxins you inhaled multiple times daily, and your risks of cancers are decreased by 30-50%. The free radicals that formed while you were smoking are no longer in your system so your overall risk for illness and disease are decreased and your skin appearance should also improve.

Stay tuned for more blogs about how to improve and boost your immunity with chiropractic adjustments,  “quality”-controlled supplements, exercise, stress management, diet, rest, relaxation, and maintaining a positive mental attitude.

And if you’re reading this blog, we would love to have you fill out our Smoking Cessation Survey

If you’re truly interested in smoking cessation right now – especially without the use of drugs – then check out our revolutionary BAX3000 therapy by clicking here to visit our clinic’s web site.

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