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Components Of The Immune System Working To Keep You Healthy
The components of the immune system are extraordinarily complex, and they all work together to help keep our bodies healthy.
As a primary bodily system, it protects us from illnesses, diseases, and pathogens daily. Reputable sources always remind us how important it is to ensure we are supporting a healthy immune system. Recommendations to eat more fruits and veggies, to exercise more, taking proper vitamins and staying hydrated are always around us.
We will look at the main parts of the immune system and how each major part plays a role in helping the human body fight off and recover from illnesses.
White Blood Cells as Components of the Immune System
White blood cells play one of the most critical roles in the immune system. These cells are made in your bone marrow and are also a component of your immune system.
White blood cells move freely through your bloodstream and tissue while. They are always looking for foreign invaders like bacteria, viruses, and other things that can make you sick. Their role is to find them and then destroy them. Essentially, they are starting the immune response process by attacking.
Antibodies are responsible for helping the body wipe out toxins and microbes. They can tell when certain substances are not supposed to be in your body, and they mark these substances as foreign. After they are marked, these toxins are destroyed.
Complement System and Lymphatic System
The complement system is just how it sounds – it is a system made up of specific proteins that perfectly complement all the work that has been accomplished by the antibodies.
The lymphatic system is just as important. It looks similar to a tube-like system, and it is located in a few different parts of the body. As a unit, the lymphatic system is made up of lymph nodes, lymph vessels, and white blood cells.
Lymph nodes trap microbes, and the vessels have infection-fighting white blood cells that help cleanse the tissues.
Your spleen also makes up part of your immune system. It helps filter your blood and remove anything that may make you sick, like microbes. The spleen also destroys red blood cells that are old or damaged in some way.
Bone marrow is the softer material found inside of your bones. The red blood cells from the bone marrow help carry oxygen throughout the body. It also makes the white blood cells help the body fight off infections.
Last but not least, we have the thymus. The thymus filters your blood to ensure it is clean and healthy. It also produces white blood cells that are called T-lymphocytes.
All of these components of the immune system play a critical role in our bodies and our body’s immune response. They each keep us strong and healthy and they make sure our organs function at their highest so that we stay fit.
Next time you hear someone advocating about the immune system join them.