Ever heard of immune before? What do I mean if I tell you I am immune to infections?
That bring us to immunity which is the noun form.immunity is derived from the Latin word ‘immunita.it is defined as the ability to fight against infections, foreign body and fight allergies.
Immunity is provided by the white blood cell hence they are known as immune cells.
Immunity can be innate (as provided by white blood cells) and acquired (persistent infection and vaccination). The best vaccine for immunity include those given for measles, mumps, rubella,rotavirus etc.
immune disorders are of 4 types, and they include:
1. Some are born with the weak immune deficiency also known as primary immune deficiency
2. Acquired immune Deficiency: this is mostly due to diseases thereby immune system can be weakened.
3.allergic reaction due to active immune system
4.immune system that turns against you ;Autoimmune disease
What can makes your immune system weak?
1.SCID (Severe Combined immunodeficiency):patients lack important blood cells
2. Corticosteroids inhibit white blood cell production
7.AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) presenting opportunistic infections which weaken the immune cells.
Signs of weakened immune system include :
- High stress level
- Constant cold
- Lots of tummy problems like diarrhoea, bloating and constipation
- Wounds heal slowly
- Frequent infections
- Feeling tired all the time
COVID-19 and immunity
We are all aware of the pandemic ongoing, however immunocompromised individual are the one at risk of having coronavirus more, which is why you need immune boosters like vitamin C, vitamin B6,vitamin E.
You’d notice those with one disease or the other (weak immune system) have higher mortality rate of the virus.
The Good news is that immune system can be acquired and boosted, some ways you can boost your immune include:
- Eat a balanced diet
- Get enough sleep
- Exercise regularly
- Keep up with vaccines
- Reduce stress;Don’t stress too much
In the face of ongoing crises of coronavirus, make sure you wash your hands often, eat immune boosting foods and supplements. We are all barely maintaining our sanity however we still need to stay safe.
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