Immunity, or the immune system, refers to the body’s ability to keep illness away by fighting infection and disease. A fully functioning immune system can quickly recognise a variety of threats to the body, such as bacteria, viruses and cancer, and remove them.

Immunity encompasses a range of organs that centre upon the production, maturation and storage of disease-fighting white blood cells. White blood cells, existing in two forms, lymphocytes and leukocytes, originate from the bone marrow. From the bone marrow they then move to the spleen and lymph nodes, circulating through the lymphatic system, waiting to tackle any invader.

There are multitudes of ways that immunity can go array. Allergies such as hay fever, a food allergy and asthma are perhaps some of the most common immune-related diseases. These conditions arise from incorrectly recognising a harmless material such as pollen, dust or food particles and raising a small immune response whenever these enter the body.

Other less common and more severe conditions of the immune system are autoimmune diseases. Autoimmunity results in the production of antibodies against the body’s own tissues, reducing the immune system’s ability to fight infection. Some examples include rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, type-1 diabetes and multiple sclerosis. The mainstream approach to treating autoimmunity is to deplete the immune system, leaving the body all the more susceptible to infection.

The mainstream’s common approach to boosting immunity is through measures like annual flu vaccines and antibiotics, despite the fact there are many natural ways with which you can protect and boost your immune system.

Many of us don’t think about our immune systems, but the fact is a compromised immune system is the gateway to disease and deteriorating health. The Daily Health will show you how to protect and bolster your immune system naturally and effectively.

Latest Articles in Immunity

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Probiotics boost immunity by up to 50%

With winter in full swing and the increased risk of catching a cold or the flu, it makes sense to take extra precautions and strengthen your immune system to keep you in tip-top co...

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Metformin: Diabetes Drug Now Touted As A Lupus ‘Miracle’

Here at The Daily Health we've been warning our readers about the dangers of the diabetes drug metformin for many years. Metformin has been linked to heart disease, hormonal disor...

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The Unexpected Disease-Spreading Spots In Your Kitchen

I don't have to tell you that washing your hands is one of the best ways to protect yourself from bacterial and viral infections, especially during the cold and flu season. But dr...

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Copper Nukes The MRSA Superbug

When patients are admitted to a hospital injured, debilitated or sick, their immune systems are compromised, making them easily susceptible to superbug infections... probably one o...

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Rosemary Boosts Your Immune System And Memory

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The Risks Of Taking Supplements Before Surgery

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The One Thing You Must Do After Surgery

Surgery creates a level of physical and emotional stress that our bodies are just not programmed for. The machines, the anaesthesia, the knives ?¦ Then, when you start to come a...

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3 Steps To Help Prevent a C. Diff Infection

The were once hailed as one of modern medicine's greatest breakthroughs, but three quarters of a century later and antibiotics have become one of the biggest threats to our health....

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Antidepressants Linked To Superbug Infections

Being on antidepressants is no laughing matter and when you're struggling with depression, it can feel like you're drowning. You would do anything to just be able to breathe again....

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