The Immune System

Our immune system is very complex but also pretty amazing! They help to keep us healthy; fighting off infections we have picked up until we are back to good health by repairing damage and regenerating cells, or preventing us from picking up infections in the first place.

It isn’t always easy to understand how your immune system works, so let us explain

There are two types of immunity: innate and adaptive.

innate immune system

Our innate immune system provides our bodies’ first response to anything that our body determines as ‘foreign.’ This response is immediate when a threat is detected or as soon as cells are damaged from a cut, graze, bruise, or an infection. Damaged or injured cells become inflamed. This attracts your white blood cells and immune cells to the affected area where they begin the repair process and fight off the infection.

The innate immune system

adaptive immune system

Our adaptive immune system (also known as the acquired immune system) is a stronger form of immunity. This part of our immune system relies on the body’s ability to recognise antigens and produce antibodies. When a threat is detected, the adaptive immune system remembers this threat and how to get rid of it, this means it can eliminate it quickly.

The adaptive immune system

The body’s natural defences

Together, the innate immune and adaptive defences of the immune system pose a double threat to pathogens!

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