Boost Your Immune System before It's Too Late!

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Boost Your Immune System before It's Too Late!


A simple cold virus may never be acknowledged as a severe threat to anybody?s overall health. After all, it is just like that ? a simple cold virus that can be easily dismissed.

But not too many know that even a cold virus could lead to more complicated situations ? influenza, pneumonia and respiratory diseases, even the dreaded Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS.

The body?s immune system boasts of an army of cells like macrophages and NK (natural killer) cells that is poised to combat any potential invader, like viruses and harmful bacteria.

These immune cells devour any foreign or abnormal-looking cell, bacteria or fungi, and cancer-causing or virus-infected cells in order to protect the body.

Our body?s skin is considered the largest immune organ, which protects us when it is intact, and secretes enough immune agents to fight off bacteria, for example, when it is wounded.

These immune agents are found at all the entrances to our body, from the eyes, nose, mouth which contain enough immune factors to protect us.

On the other hand, potent immune cells that fight bacteria, fungi and other damaging organisms that enter our body through certain food that we eat surround the small intestine.

However, an unbalanced diet, coupled with stress and aging, may cause an imbalance may cause harmful bacteria to emerge in the intestine, creating other substances, which may induce other degenerative diseases such as cancer, high blood pressure, heart disease and pneumonia.

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