Our Immune system: The key of survival

Our immune system plays a vital role in protecting our body from infection and essential for our survival. We normally don’t even notice it’s there as long as our immune system functions properly. The functions of the immune system are to fight disease-causing germs (pathogens) like bacteria, viruses, parasites or fungi, and to remove them from the body, to recognize and neutralize harmful substances from the environment, and to fight disease-causing changes in the body, such as cancer cells.1 When it doesn’t work properly, due to a weak immune system we may be more prone to reccurent infections that may lead to be immunocompromised.

Studies suggest that, people with a weak immune system have a higher risk of experiencing frequent infections and severe symptoms.

The initial sign of a weakened immune system is to get infections more frequently than most other people due to suscebtibility to infection.

With a routine blood test, a weakened immune system can easily be identified. This test identifies the amount of antibodies in our blood. Antibodies are proteins made by the immune system to fight disease-causing viruses and bacteria. Antibodies are crucial to be in normal range for the proper function of immune system.

Reference: 1) Informedhealth.org How does the immune system work?Last Update: April 23, 2020