How Does The Body Protect Itself From Disease
The body has so many unique ways in which it protects itself against diseases. From the skin to the immune system, organs, cells, and signals work together to protect the body. Understanding how and why our body protects us is crucial to understanding how the immune system works. For people who have a suppressed immune system, it is essential that they take extra measures to protect themselves. A nutriceutical like IMMUSE™ provides advanced immune support, filling in nutritional gaps with its unique peptide formula. Through its special extraction process, IMMUSE™ is able to maintain 95% of its protein integrity, delivering a potent dose of immune system regulating peptides. The body has natural barriers alongside the immune system that protects itself from harmful diseases. These natural barriers include the skin, mucous membranes, tears, and stomach acid. The flow of urine also helps wash out any microorganisms that may have entered that urinary tract. White blood cells and antibodies also help identify and destroy diseases that get through the body’s natural barriers.
Skin and Mucous MembranesOne of the most important barriers against diseases is the skin. The skin is the body's largest organ and for good reason too, especially when it comes to protecting our internal tissues form diseases. When there is a break in the skin, it is much easier for germs to invade the body, ultimately causing an infection. The mucous membranes form a thin, pink layer that acts as a barrier against diseases. This pink, thin mucous layer is found in body parts such as:
- Digestive System
The Mucous MembranesMucous membranes are coated in a secretion that fights microorganisms. For example, our eyes get coated in tears. These tears contain an enzyme called lysozyme, which attacks bacteria while protecting the eyes from infection.
The AirwaysThe mucous membranes in our airways help filter out harmful particles in the air as we inhale. These microorganisms get stuck to the mucus in the nose and our airways. Hence why we cough up or blow mucous out our nose.
The Digestive TrackThe digestive tract contains a series of protective barriers which includes:
- Stomach Acid
- Pancreatic Enzymes
- Intestinal Secretions
The Urinary TractThe urinary tract contains several protective barriers. The urethra protects the bladder by flushing out any bacteria that has reached it.
The BloodAnother remarkable way the body protects itself from diseases is by increasing certain types of white blood cells. This includes:
Red Blood Cells (erythrocytes)
- Carry oxygen to cells throughout the body
- Help make clots that plug up holes in the body from cuts, scrapes, and bruises.
White Blood Cells (leukocytes)
- Help fight germs that get into the body
InflammationWhen the body experiences an injury or an invasion by a microorganism, inflammation occurs. This inflammation is a complex reaction. The damage or infected tissue release certain substances that causes inflammation. This alerts the immune system to perform the following:
- Wall Off The Infected Area
- Target and Destroy Any Invaders
- Disposes of Dead and Damaged Tissue
- Kick Start the Repairing Process
Immune ResponseThe immune system responds to diseases by producing several substances and agents designed to attack harmful diseases. This includes:
- A type of white blood cell that targets and kills invading diseases.
- Target specific invading microorganisms and immobilizes them.