The Body’s Six Immune Centers – Musculoskeletal Center
The body has 206 bones, including the skull, which protects the brain; the spinal column, which protects the spinal cord; the ribs, which protect the heart, lungs, liver, and spleen; and the pelvis, which protects the bladder, intestines, and (in women) the reproductive organs. In addition, joints make the skeleton flexible. Bones contain three types of cells: osteoblasts, which make new bone and repair old; osteoclasts, which break down, sculpt, and shape bone; and osteocytes, which carry nutrients to and waste products away from bones.
To both store and release nutrients into the bloodstream, strong bones need calcium, sodium, phosphorus, vitamin D, collagen, and dozens of trace minerals and phytonutrients. The musculoskeletal center also includes bone marrow, in which stem cells produce red blood cells and platelets to help with clotting and wound healing and to carry much-needed oxygen to the body’s tissues.
This center also includes 650 muscles (which account for about half of your weight) that are connected to bones by tendons. All of your voluntary muscle movements are coordinated and controlled by the cerebral cortex and cerebellum in the brain and nervous system, while the involuntary muscles are controlled by structures in the brain stem.
Plenty of things big and small can go wrong with this center when diet and lifestyle go awry. But you can do plenty of things big and small to keep your bones and muscles immune from harm.
Musculoskeletal Center Conditions: Osteoporosis, osteopenia, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and dental disorders, MS, scoliosis, tendonitis Musculoskeletal Center Super Immunity Foods: Broccoli, carrots, dark leafy greens, oats, whole grains, yogurt, sea vegetables, soy foods, apples