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how many diseases can our immune system fight ?

how do I make sure my immune system is up to date with definitions and has latest patches of security to fight off viruses and germs .thanx for your answer

The annual flu shot is the closest thing to "the latest virus definitions".

Make sure your shots are up to date, and get the annual flu shot.

Also, get 8 hours of sleep a night. (You need to go into sleep mode and restart to properly install updates. We work kind of like a laptop, except we can't restart immediately. Perhaps we need to cool our CPU?).  (+ info)

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How do you build your immune system? Are there ways to better your immune system and help fight off infections and other diseases? Do you know any suggestions on how to have an ecxellent immune system?

There are quite a few natural products that help to support the immune system directly. There's Colostrum, mushrooms (Reishi, Maitake, and Shiitake), Elderberry, Echinacea (which should not be taken long-term), Inositol Hexaphosphate (IP-6), CoQ10, any basic antioxidants, and many other things that are less powerful, but still give some impact.
Making sure you are living a generally healthy lifestyle (enough sleep and exercise, for example) is a simple and seemingly obvious thing as well.

(edit): The probiotics that another person answered are good for their digestion, which can impact your immune system.... but they don't help to build or boost your immune system directly. Of course, they are a good idea for general daily health, so many people can get benefits from them.... but most people would get more of an immune system boost from a typical vitamin C.  (+ info)

how get we still get diseases if our immune system is supposed to fight them?

Because the act of getting a disease is what actually makes your immune system stronger.

Remember when you were getting sick all the time as a child, but then recovered? Everytime you get sick and recover, your body becomes more "immune" to that particular disease. That's why adults get less sick than children do.

Now, the only problem with the diseases nowadays is that there are more new strains-- like new cold and flu viruses and such. That's why adults continue to get sick during those seasons-- due to new viruses emerging or a weakened immune system that isn't strong enough to fight infections you previously had.

If there was only ONE strain of cold virus, and everybody got it once, then it's highly unlikely they can get it again. But new ones come out every single year.

This is why everybody only gets the chickenpox once-- because there is only ONE strain of the chickenpox (that we know of).  (+ info)

i have a low immune system what can i do to improve it, and how can i prevent getting diseases?

There are alot of things you can do to improve your immune system. Some to by recognizing what caused your immune system to get weak, then avoiding those things as much as possible. Before I share many ways to improve your immune system, take a look at some possible reasons why our immune system gets weak.

1) Toxins: Most people today have excess accumulation of toxins and waste material in their bodies causing their body to be acidic and adding stress to their immune system function. The two main reasons for this is
a) People are putting huge amounts of toxins (mostly unknowingly) in their bodies on a regular basis and
b) their elimination channels are clogged, slow or sluggish.
c) toxins like "junk" food, medications(drugs), sugars, excess alcohol, allergens all stress your immune system, thus making it weak and unable to fight the germs when exposed to them.

2) Nutritional Deficiency:
When your body lacks nutrition, you will have a weak immune system.
Since our bodies can not produce nutrients needed for optimal health, quality food plays a major factor in keeping our cells healthy and our immune system strong. Food not only provides energy to your body, but all the nutrients that are essential for a healthy immune system.

3) Lack of drinking healthy water:
Dehydration means the cells just simply do not have enough fluid. Dehydration cause medical problems including pain, arthritis, asthma, and allergies, among other medical issues. It can affect your energy and your sleep, and the ability to get toxins/waste material out of the body.

4) Lack of physical activity:
Lack of regular, moderate exercise appears to slow down cleansing the body of certain toxins and waste products

5) Lack of sufficient rest:
lack of sleep will stress your immune system and thus increase the risk of catching a bug.
The good news is that I think you can help control or reverse your condition by doing as many as possible of the following list.

6) Chronic stress
People who are under chronic stress have lower than normal white blood cell counts, are more vulnerable to colds and other viruses and take longer to recover from them. They are more likely to experience more severe symptoms than people who are not under a great deal of stress.

The good news is you can improve your immune system and prevent getting any diseases by doing as many of the following list as possible....

1) keep practicing good personal hygiene care, wash your hands! The great plague of 1918 could have been avoided by practicing good personal hygiene.

2) get plenty of rest. During deep sleep, our body release potent immune-enhancing substances that strengthen your immune system function. By not allowing our body sufficient rest, the immune system will sputter, and as a result, not function at full capacity. We then are more likely to become ill with common illnesses. A healthy, deep sleep allows our body to release a significant amount of growth hormone that boost the immune system and aids in the growth and repair of the body.

3) get moderate and regular exercise
An increase in blood flow associated with moderate exercise helps to circulate antibodies along with white blood cells necessary to fight infection more quickly. As a result, this provides our bodies with an early warning system to ward off potentially damaging germs. In addition, the increase in body temperature as a result of physical activity may aid in inhibiting the growth of bacteria; thus allowing the body to fight infection more effectively.

4) Receiving a Regular Body Cleansing.
Body cleansing is essential because our bodies need to properly eliminate the toxic build up that has formed in our intestines (colon), which may lead to sickness and disease. Our body organs and tissues must be free of toxins for the immune system to function optimally thus enabling our bodies to receive the essential nutrients our bodies need.

5) Boost immune system by drinking plenty of filtered water.
Water is essential for all living things and keeps our immune system operating optimally while improving the way we feel, look and live. Without sufficient amounts of water, you may experience routine fatigue, dry skin, headaches, constipation, and a decrease normal bodily function which may lead to your body unable to fight off diseases. Without water we would literally dehydrate which could result in the shutting down of vital organs and ultimately end in death.

6) Eliminate all sugar and allergens from your diet.
Just a small amount of sugar has been proven to impair white blood cells up to 50% for very short periods of time. By discovering what our personal food allergies are, then eliminating or desensitizing them will help strengthen your immune system. By removing these triggers, our immune cells are strengthened in order to combat other invaders such as influenza rather than the allergen. The elimination of sugar from your diet can also strengthen immune system.

7) Eat nutritiously
Good foods to eat include organic fruits and vegetables, chloretta, medicinal mushrooms like maitake, shiitake, reishi, or turkey tail. Besides water, wheatgrass juice, aloe vera juice, or green tea are good drinks. If it doesn’t rot or sprout, do without.
Stay away from junk food like pop, bake goods, any processed foods. Bad foods contain stuff like refined sugar, sodium nitrite, Trans fats, Mono-sodium glutamate (MSG), Artificial colors, preservatives, and flavors.

8) Take supplements
Supplements are needed because our bodies can not produce the nutrients necessary to maintain optimum health. There are many nutrients needed in order to maintain a strong immune system. It is very challenging in the world we live in to obtain sufficient nutrition with the foods available to us. They are over processed and void of many essential nutrients. Additionally, food is grown in soils that have been over-planted and saturated with synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. Vitamin and mineral deficiency subjects us to more diseases, aging, sickness, and the weakening of our immune system.

Best herbs include echinacea, goldenseal, garlic, olive leaf extract, elderberry, or astragalus.

Best vitamins include Vitamin A, C, or E. These are a good source of antioxidants, which will boost your immune system.
The minerals zinc and selenium also help with boosting your immune system.

As you can see, there is no one magic cure, one supplement, or one way to reverse your condition, but there are many things you can do to help your situation,

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what are some diseases and disorders associated with the immune system?

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multiple sclerosis
lupus  (+ info)

Can a person pass on an auto immune disease without having it active in they're system?

My mom and my sister both have auto immune diseases but I show no symptoms of it... But they thought maybe my newborn baby girl may have one... But somebody told me it cannot skip a generation and that to pass it on it would have to be active in my system is this true?

I'm not sure what auto immune disease you have but I also have an an auto immune disease (lupus), one of my aunt's has it too but no one else in our family has it. My aunt has three children that she did not "pass it on to" and I have always been told by my doctor that when I choose to have children the possibility of my child having it is slim and there is only a possibility because it is possibly genetic and if that is the case it wouldn't matter if I was having a flare or not at the time of birth. I think with most auto immune disorders just because the mother has it doesn't mean the child will...genetics are a weird thing, hopefully your baby girl doesn't have it. But remember if she does you and the rest of your family are in a wonderful position to help her deal with it! You all know first hand what it is like and you can talk with her about it and help her through all those feelings most people experience when they discover they have an illness like this. I hope this helps and good luck to you and your family!  (+ info)

why can't the immune system destroy bacteria of diseases such as tuberculosis?

M.tuberculosis , the causative organism for causing tuberculosis , is ingulfed in the body by macrophages . Once inside the macrophage the bacterium replicates with the phagosome by preventing phagosome - lysosome fusion . It has several mechanisms for blocking phagosome lysosome fusion through blockage of recruitment and assembly of proteins which mediate the fusion or inhibition of calcium signals . The genetic makeup of the host may influence the course of the disease . In some individuals with polymorphisms in the NRAMP1 gene , the disease may progress from this point without development of an effective immune response . NRAMP1 is a transmembrane protein found in endosomes and lysosomes that pumps divalent cations into the lysosome . This may have a role in generation of oxygen derived free radicals . After 3 weeks of infection a t-helper cell response against the bacterium is mounted . t-helper cells secrete IFN-gamma that makes the macrophages competent to contain the infection .In addition to stimulating macrophages it also orchestrates the development of caseous necrosis and granulomas .  (+ info)

Immune system?

Let say you have had the same disease before and have developed an immunity agaisnt it (antibodies). Can you still get sick before your immune system kicks in a kills off the disease?

its highly unlikely. Your imune system will 99 times out of 100 kill the bacteria/virus causing the illness before you start feeling any form of illness coming on  (+ info)

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i have a really weak immune system, i catch the slightest infection/disease that someone has. does anyone know what i can take to build up and maintain a strong and healthy immune system.
i am a vegetarien

Vitamins.  (+ info)

Which statement best describes the relationship between immune disorders and autoimmune diseases?

A.Immune disorders include autoimmune diseases, in which the immune system attacks the body’s own cells.
B.Immune disorders are a kind of autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks the body’s own cells.
C.In both immune disorders and autoimmune diseases, the immune system attacks the body’s own cells.
D.There is no relationship between immune disorders and autoimmune diseases.

probably A  (+ info)

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