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How Does Your Immune System Protect You
December 10, 2021
It is the Immune system’s task to:
- fight disease causing germs like bacteria and viruses,
- recognize and neutralize harmful substances from the environment
- fight disease-causing changes in the body such as cancer cells.
The immune system can be activated by a lot of different things that the body doesn’t recognize as its own. These are called antigens. Examples of antigens include the proteins on the surfaces of bacteria, fungi and viruses. When these antigens attach to special receptors on the immune cells (immune system cells), a whole series of processes are triggered in the body. Once the body has come into contact with a disease-causing germ for the first time, it usually stores information about the germ and how to fight it. Then, if it comes into contact with the germ again, it recognizes the germ straight away and can start fighting it faster.
The body’s own cells have proteins on their surface, too. But those proteins don’t usually trigger the immune system to fight the cells. Sometimes the immune system mistakenly thinks that the body’s own cells are foreign cells. It then attacks healthy, harmless cells in the body. This is known as an autoimmune response.
Without an immune system, we would have no way to fight harmful things that enter our body from the outside or harmful changes that occur inside our body. So it is important to boosts one’s immune system by taking vitamins and mineral that strengthens the Immune system response.
Important Reminder: Any type of food supplement is not a medicine and cannot be used as a medicine for any type of disease.