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Your Immune System

Immune system is a collection of special cells, organs, and substances that helps protect you from a lot of diseases, germs, and infections. It also helps protect you from cancer in some ways.

The image on the left is a man that depicts your immune system, and the green parts of the image represent bacteria, viruses, fungi, toxins, parasites, and pollution, which are called foreign invaders. In the image, you can see that the man fight against all these foreign invaders to keep them out of your body; and if in case these germs got into your body, your immune system will kill them to avoid harm and destruction to your body. That is exactly the role of your immune system – to protect you from all the foreign substances that may hurt you. 

How Your Immune System Works

Your immune system works in various ways to help you maintain good health and body balance. It deals with the germs and microbes by:

  • creating a barrier to prevent viruses and bacteria from entering your body
  • detecting and eliminating the viruses and bacteria that managed to get into your body before they get a chance to reproduce
  • eliminating the viruses and bacteria that managed to reproduce before they can start creating a health problem
  • detecting unwanted (cancerous) cells and eliminating them

Most viruses and bacteria don't manage to get through your body's first line of defense, which are: your skin, eyes, nose, and mouth. However, for some that were able to escape and make it inside your body, your immune system will attack them to prevent viral and/or bacterial infections.

Disorders of the Immune System

The immune system serves as your guard against diseases and infections. When it fails to function properly, various diseases may occur such as Allergies and hypersensitivity to particular substances (Asthma). Other immune system disorders also include:

  • Juvenile diabetes
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Anemia
  • AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome)
  • SCID (Severe Combined Immune Deficiency)
  • CVID (Common Variable Immune Deficiency)
  • Lupus
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Psoriasis
  • Grave's Disease
  • Hashimoto's thyroiditis
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Vasculitis

Protecting Your Immune System

Because your immune system is your number one defense against infections and diseases, it is very important that you know how to protect it. The following are some of the ways to keep your immune system strong:

  • Make sure that you get right amount of Vitamins A, C, and E, omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, protein, calcium, iron, selenium, and antioxidants such as lycopene and beta-carotene.
  • You may want to take natural health supplement products with complete vitamins and minerals to help boost your immune system.
  • Get enough sleep as your body needs to rest especially when it's working to fight against diseases and infections.
  • Exercise regularly (i.e. walking) to help stimulate your immune system's natural killer cells that fight against viruses and bacteria.
  • As much as possible, avoid a lot of stress as chronic stress greatly reduces your immune system's effectiveness.

By changing your lifestyle a little bit, like avoiding too much alcohol, smoking, and drugs, and by eating a healthy diet (to avoid obesity), you may keep your immune system strong and healthy. You should not forget that you have to help your body to help you.

The Effects of Velvet Antler in Your Immune System

The Immune System – it has one of the most important roles in your body. It works by eliminating pathogens and tumor cells that could cause infections or diseases. If functioning properly, it protects you against germs and other microorganisms. But there are instances where it isn't, which leads to different health problems.

There are various illnesses or diseases caused by disorder of the immune system. It may include inflammatory diseases, autoimmune diseases, and cancer. If the immune system is not very active (known as immunodeficiency), it don't have the ability to fight viruses and bacteria anymore that leads to acquiring infectious diseases. On the other, if it's too active (known as autoimmunity), it can no longer identify normal tissues and begins to attack it as if they were foreign organisms. This results to many different autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes, to name some.

It's still not known why the immune system can not identify good and bad antibodies, thus, attacking them both. For this reason, what one can do is to control and find treatment for these autoimmune diseases (treatment for diabetes and treatment for rheumatoid arthritis). But there's a lot that you can do with weak immune function. Cytokines which can be found in deer antler velvet, helps in initiating immune response. Studies show that cytokines in velvet antler not just boost the immune system, but it also limits the spread of infections and diseases. It also increases your neutrophil level (type of white blood cell which is essential for fighting bacteria and other foreign organisms), thus, increases your ability to fight against diseases.

Your body's ability to fight or resist diseases and infections depends on how healthy or strong your immune system is. Living a healthy life like regular exercising and a healthy diet, backed-up with the right supplement such as deer velvet antler greatly helps in strengthening your immune system and keeping it in a tip-top shape.