High Toxic Burden Harms the Immune System
The most significant detriment the immune system faces when the body has a high toxic load is a chronic, but low-grade inflammation that often goes undetected. It will quietly simmer beneath the surface, creating confusion among the signals the immune system needs to function.
Environmental toxins also shrink the thymus, which is a small organ just behind your lungs where immune cells go to mature.
A mature immune cell will be equipped to figure out which cells belong to you, and which don’t–helping them to determine friend from foe.
When the thymus shrinks in response to toxin exposure, there’s a diminished production of T regulatory cells, which have an important role in regulating the immune system. If the thymus shrinks and T regulatory cells get diminished, there is a greater potential for immune dysfunction.