What is an Immune System?
Think of your immune system as the good guy in a scene from your favorite action movie, where he is fighting off bad guy after bad guy and winning every time. Although…maybe a tad less violent, just like a superhero, your immune system protects your body against the bad guys—viruses and bacteria.
And Then a Hero Comes Along
Your immune system is an important defense mechanism in keeping your body healthy. It defends your body against the millions of pathogens—for example, bacteria, toxins, and parasites—that you come into contact with on a daily basis. It’s what protects your from illness and infection. Comprised of a network of cells, tissues, and organs, your immune system works 24/7. It is a true hero in maintaining your health.
Shut ‘Em Down
Thousands of germs are continuously floating around in the air so your immune system never rests. However, sometimes a germ gets past your system, resulting in an illness such as a cold or flu. Your immune system then works even harder to fight off an illness. Similarly, when you get a cut, bacteria and viruses can enter your body through the wound. Your body eliminates these harmful intruders while the cut is healing.
Talk to Me, Baby
The immune system is a complex network among many parts of the body that work in different ways to protect you but communicate with each other for a coordinated effort.
Skin: Your skin is your first line of defense to warn your immune system of pathogens. The impermeable epidermis contains special cells called Langerhans that set the body’s warning system in motion. The skin also secretes antibacterial substances to further protect the body.
Nose, Mouth, Eyes: Tears in the eyes and mucus found in the nose and lungs contain an enzyme that breaks down bacteria. Saliva also has anti-bacterial properties. Any germs trying to enter the body must pass through these substances first.
Other systems: If a pathogen has gotten inside the body, other mechanisms assist in the fight such as the spleen, lymph system, white blood cells, and antibodies.
Infections with viruses and bacteria triggers the release of antibodies, which circulate in the bloodstream until they connect with a pathogen. They either destroy the antigen or trigger other parts of the immune system into action.
Memory Like an Elephant
The immune system’s memory rivals that of an elephant. Pathogens can evolve and adapt quickly, such as the influenza virus, which is particularly adept at mutating so our antibodies do not recognize them and do not trigger the immune system to react. To keep up with them, the complex cell system can recognize and remember different enemies and produce secretions to get rid of them. Adaptive immunity creates immunological memory, which leads to enhanced immune response in the future.
When the Going Gets Rough
When immunity is low, you are more susceptible to ailments such as allergies, diabetes, or even more serious ailments like cancer. Immunodeficiency disorders prevent the body from fighting infections and disease and may result in life-threatening infections.
Keeping the immune system in the best working condition is the key to warding off germs. Cold-Fix is one of the best ways to maintain an optimal immune system. Containing antibodies similar to human Gamma interferon, Cold-Fix is a cold and flu remedy that also strengthens the body’s immune system.