Antibodies, Part 2 to yesterday's Tip
Yesterday we spoke about anti-inflammatory drugs and the affect they have on our antibodies. So today let's talk about how to rebuild our ANTIBODIES to win this war!
As we know, our immune system is the body's first line of defense against alien pathogens entering our body. So let's first understand the terminology.
Pathogens are the enemy. They're the invaders, like bacteria, fungus and VIRUSES!
Antigens are the proteins found on the surface of the pathogens. And are specific to each pathogen. Meaning . . . Virus A has an A protein on its surface and Virus B has a B protein on its surface. That's why what antidote that's used on Virus A will not work on Virus B.
Antibodies are a blood protein produced in the body in response to and counteracting a specific antigen. Antibodies combine chemically with substances which the body recognizes as alien, such as bacteria, fungus and VIRUSES. Antibodies are our "good guys".
Okay, so now that we know the game player. Let's figure out why we need Antibodies!
When the immune system comes into contact with a pathogen (the bad guy), it triggers an immune response like a fever or inflammation. The immune system releases antibodies (our good guys) which attach to the antigens (the protein shell on the surface of the pathogen) and copies it. Now our antibodies are distributed in the millions throughout the body, all with the same information that was copied about the antigen and its pathogen. And now it becomes a SEARCH AND DESTROY mission.
This is why we need antibodies, so they can destroy pathogens!
But as we spoke in yesterday's Health Tip . . . when anti-inflammatory drugs are taken . . . we don't have enough antibodies to get the job done of protect the body from these invader.
So the question remains . . . How do we rebuild our ANTIBODIES?
Tomorrow . . . Look for Part 3 of Winning this War with Antibodies!