Immunity Is Foundation of Health
Immunity Is Foundation of Health
In the era of medicine has advanced in leaps and bounds, people have developed the mentality that “go to see the doctor when fall sick ”, getting used to putting own health in the hands of others and without knowing that our own health is determined by ourselves . The main difference between one who is always getting sick and who is not is the immunity. The only way to master health is to maintain a balanced immune system, which is also the principle of curing the root of the problem.
World Health Organization (WHO) data has showed that 80% of diseases is actually related to the immunity. Human immunity reaches their peaks during adolescence and starts to go downhill with increasing age. Generally, function of immune system at the age of 40 has reduced by half compared to adolescence’s, while only 10% left at the age of 70. Besides, the immune system of modern people has been threatened due to their dietary pattern (low fruit and vegetable intake, high calories and fatty foods, processed foods, alcohol consumption, drugs), lifestyle (stay up late, social entertainment, lack of exercise, smoking), living environment (water and air pollution, radiation of electronic devices) etc. Hence the priority of health care is to maintain a balanced immunity.
Immune System Is A Natural Protection Mechanism
Immune system is the major defense system in human body which specifically tackles foreign invaders, such as bacteria, viruses, microbes, parasites, etc., preventing the body from infections. The immune system is the best and the most reliable doctor in the body.
3 Distinct Functions Of Immune System:
- Physiological defense – To ward off pathogens and toxins metabolized in the body, reducing the risk of infections.
- Autoregulation – Human cells divide at all times to replace old and damaged cells. The immune system recognizes those cells and gets rid of them to maintain microbial community equilibrium in the body.
- Immunological surveillance – The general function of immune system which is to identify, kill and remove abnormal cells in the body to prevent tumour formation.
Disorders of The Immune System
Immune system disorders can be divided into 3 main categories – weak immunity, hyperimmunity and immunity disorder.
- Weak immunity – The direct expression is susceptible to illnesses such as flu, inflammation. Severe weakened immunity may lead to septicaemia, and also may increase the risk of cancer.
- Hyperimmunity – Overreacted to antigens gives a rise to responses. The common hyperimmunity includes allergy, asthma, allergic rhinitis, rashes, hyperallergenic shock, etc.
- Immunity disorder – Immune responses occur due to failure of recognizing own cells and tissues resulting in attack of own body cells. This is known as autoimmunity. The common autoimmune disorders include rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, ankylosing spondylitis, Type 1 diabetes, kidney dysfunction, autoimmune thyroid disease, etc. Autoimmune disorders are complicated and would necessarily require lifelong treatment since there is no known cure for them. However, harmful outcomes caused by autoimmunity can be reduced through modulating immune system.
Immunity is a key to achieve human health. Thus, we must modulate our immune system at a balanced condition to ensure that the body’s functions are maintained at normal state, keeping our body healthy and avoiding various diseases.