Boost your immunity against Covid-19.

Updated: May 28, 2021


 


Ever wondered how you contract illnesses so easily? You take precautions which should guarantee an illness-free life and yet, you find yourself feeling ill at the slightest change of temperature. So where did everything go wrong? Well, this has to do with your immune system and how strong it is determines your ability to defend yourself against diseases. With that in mind, what exactly is the immune system and what can we do about it?


In basic terms, your immune system is a complex network of cells and proteins that work together to defend the body against harmful pathogens. This means that when a foreign substance is detected in the bloodstream, your body triggers an immune response to fight against the infection to restore normal function of the body. Amazingly, our immune system keeps a record of every germ it has killed so it can recognize and destroy the germ quickly if it ever enters the body again.


Even more fascinating is that there are not just one but a few types of immunity which are innate immunity, passive immunity and acquired active immunity. Here's a quick rundown of the unique traits of each type of immunity:


Innate Immunity

- Innate immunity is the general protection that a person is born with. This includes physical barriers such as skin and hair, defense mechanisms like the saliva and gastric acid, and general immune responses like inflammation.


Passive Immunity

- Passive immunity is the body's capacity to resist pathogens by "borrowing" anti-bodies. An example of this are the anti-bodies transferred from a mother to her baby via breast feeding. This type of immunity is only temporary as it is not produced naturally by the body.


Acquired (adaptive) Immunity

- This type of immunity is developed from immunological memory. This is the basis of vaccination as a specific type of antigen (attached to a pathogen) is injected to the body in order to encourage the body to develop anti-bodies to that specific antigen. When the body is exposed to the same antigen after vaccination, the immune system would be able to eliminate the antigens with ease.


That all sounds wonderful and fascinating, but what happens when our immune system becomes compromised? What are the signs that our immune system has weakened? Here are six common symptoms:


6 Signs you have a weakened immune system:

- High stress levels

- Constantly getting a cold

- Frequent stomach problems

- Wounds that slowly heal

- Frequent infections

- Feeling tired all the time


That doesn’t sound too good doesn’t it but thankfully things can be turned around by making positive changes to your lifestyle. The silver lining is that your immune system can be trained to become stronger by incorporating these habits in your daily life. This brings up the question, can you really boost your immune system and what are the ways to do it? Let’s take a look at some of them below:


Ways to boost your immune system

- Eat a balanced diet

- Get enough sleep

- Exercise regularly

- Wash your hands

- Don’t smoke

- Don’t stress yourself too much



It's that simple and that's all there really is to it. Try it out for yourself and you'll be surprised at how such simple routines can make a noticeable impact on your daily life. So the next time you find yourself constantly getting sick, take a step back and evaluate your lifestyle. After all, health is indeed wealth and you'll never know when that wealth will be taken from you but until then, take good care of it while you still can and just enjoy the joys of life that comes with good health. Cheers.



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