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understanding the immunity system
What Is The Immune System?
Simply put, it’s a balanced network of cells and organs that work together to defend you against disease. It stops threats like bacteria or viruses from getting into your body.
Think of it as a powerful "search and destroy" task force that sends immune-cell forces out to hunt down the unwanted intruders and get rid of them.
How Does It Work?
Your body makes proteins called antibodies that destroy abnormal or foreign cells. They help fend off common ailments like the flu or a cold, and protect you against major illnesses like cancer or heart disease.
You also have a backup response known as the "cell-mediated immune system." This involves immune system cells rather than antibodies. They help your body create memories of past defenses against certain threats.
When your body sees that invader again, it calls up that memory and sets out to destroy the threat before the disease develops. This is what makes vaccines or immunizations work for illnesses like the flu, measles, chicken pox, or hepatitis. The shot has a small but harmless amount of the disease in it so your immune cells can react, learn, and remember how to protect you from it next time.
What Weakens It Today?
Your immune system can be weakened by smoking, alcohol, sleep deprivation, stress and poor nutrition. AIDS. HIV, which causes AIDS, is an acquired viral infection that destroys important white blood cells and weakens the immune system.
What Happens When the System Is Threatened?
Your immune system when having quit smoking will start to recover in 15 days and will get close to normal by 3 months, and your arteries will begin to have normal inner lining cells, that is the endothelial cells, by 3 months.
In the case of quitting drinking, while the most infamous phase of recovery is the initial withdrawal stage, full detoxification can take up to two weeks in some cases. As your body is getting rid of the last remnants of alcohol, psychological symptoms can advance quickly — but so can the positive. Some alcohol-related liver damage can be reversed if you stop drinking alcohol early enough in the disease process. Healing can begin as early as a few days to weeks after you stop drinking, but if the damage is severe, healing can take several months. effects.
What Would This Mean For Us Today?
The best solution to defending the body against the flu is to boost your immunity. When we couple that with safety measures that distance us from persons infected by the virus so as to contain its spread within the community we eventually cause the death of the virus itself.
When the virus does not have a body to enter and infect, it cannot multiply and therefore cause further spreads. Social distancing in of itself, does not fight the flu. It only slows down the spread while we distance ourselves from the virus.
The fight with the flu is the sole responsibility of your immunity system.