What is the Immune System?
A pathogen is the general term used to describe anything that can cause disease or illness, and it’s the job of the immune system to fight off these pathogens before they are able to make you sick. The immune system has two main parts:
- The innate portion, which we are born with.
- The adaptive portion, which forms over time to fight off infections and diseases through being exposed to them.
The innate component includes mechanisms from all over the body like the skin, mucous, stomach acid, sweat, and even tears. These act as a first line of defense before our adaptive response kicks in and sends out specialized white blood cells to attack and destroy the invading pathogen. As long as your immune system is running smoothly, you don’t notice that it’s there. But if it stops working properly – because it’s weak or can’t fight particularly aggressive germs – you get ill.
Ways2Well focuses on Immune Health as the first step in preventive care for our patients. A strong immune system is key to keeping you healthier, longer; and your first line of defense against illness and disease.
COVID-19 & IMMUNE HEALTH:
COVID-19 has changed the way we live and put a renewed focus on how to stay healthy as we go about our day to day lives. A vaccine for COVID-19 could take a while to develop, but the immune system is still capable of fighting off the virus without one, which is why a healthy immune system is more important than ever. Many cases of Coronavirus have been mild with some patients not experiencing any symptoms at all, and though it’s likely that many factors contribute to a milder case, it’s very possible that a stronger immune system could be one of the reasons that these cases don’t become more severe. Not only will a stronger immune system help prevent one from catching the disease, but it also will help that person recover more quickly if they do end up getting sick.
Being immunocompromised is when the immune system is weakened or unable to work properly. Most of the time it is the adaptive component that is affected, but occasionally the innate portion can suffer as well. Immune deficiencies have a number of causes and can even be present from birth. AIDS, cancer, chronic diseases like diabetes, certain injuries, and organ complications are common reasons why someone might be immune deficient, but some medications and treatments, like chemotherapy, can be responsible.
Boosting the Immune System
There are many ways that we can give our immune systems an extra boost. Not so surprisingly, the best way to help out our immune systems is to have a healthy and active lifestyle. Getting enough sleep, avoiding unhealthy habits like smoking and alcohol, being at a healthy weight, exercising regularly, and eating a healthy diet with lots of vegetables and fruit are all important to keeping our immune systems healthy. Of course, this isn’t easy for everyone and sometimes even people with healthy lifestyles need a little extra help. Taking an immune support supplement to make sure that your body is getting what it needs can help bridge the gap to a stronger immune system.
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