Immunity – the state of protection from infectious disease (or) the condition that permits either natural or acquired resistance to disease. The immune system defends our body against invaders such as viruses, bacteria and foreign bodies. They are made up of a network of cells, tissues and organs that work together to protect the body.
What makes our immune system?
One of the important cells involved are phagocytes, white blood cells, also called leukocytes. The white blood cells of the immune system can be categorized as lymphocytes (T-cells, B-cells and NK cells), neutrophils and monocytes/macrophages. The major proteins of the immune system are predominantly signaling proteins (often called cytokines), antibodies and complement proteins.
Know some immune disorders!
Immune system disorders cause abnormally low activity or over activity of the immune system. In cases of immune system over activity, the body attacks and damages its own tissues (autoimmune diseases). Immune deficiency diseases decrease the body’s ability to fight invaders, causing vulnerability to infections.
A disease in which the body’s immune system attacks healthy cells.
Most common types are Rheumatoid arthritis, Psoriasis, vitiligo, multiple sclerosis, Ankylosing spondylitis, Type 1 diabetes, Pernicious anemia etc.
Immune deficiency disorders
Primary immune deficiency diseases are those caused by inherited genetic mutations. Secondary or acquired immune deficiencies are caused by something outside the body such as a virus or immune suppressing drugs.
Primary immune deficiencies are severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), Hyperimmunoglobulin E syndrome (also known as Job’s Syndrome), Common variable immunodeficiency (CVID) etc.
In general children do have less immunity and often they fall ill due to upper respiratory disorders. Acquired/boosted immunity is very much required for children.
Simple ways to boost your immunity
- Get those hours in bed
- Drink plenty of water
- Bring healthy food to diet
- Manage stress
- Crack some nuts and seeds
- Take in the sun
- Good exercise is must
One best immune booster for children is JRK’s Immuno BS herbal tonic.
JRK’s Immuno BS herbal tonic
- Actively fights against RSV -chief cause of respiratory problems in children
- Stimulates appetite and enhances digestion
- Removes toxins.
- Its immunomodulatory effect is scientifically proven in offering protection against respiratory infections.
It is composed of 13 herbs and are well documented and tested for their immune boosting properties.
- Indigofera aspalathoides – 10mg
- Celastrus paniculatus – 10mg
- Corallocarpus epigaeous – 10mg
- Solanum tribolatum – 50mg
- Ocimum sanctum – 50mg
- Wrightia tinctoria – 10mg
- Bacopa monnieri – 10mg
- Piper longum – 10mg
- Piper nigrum – 10mg
- Piper betle – 10mg
- Zingiber oficinale – 10mg
- Tinospora cordifolia – 10mg
- Leucas aspera – 50mg
- Tonic base – QS
1-3 years: 10ml once a day before food
3-10 years: 10ml twice a day before food (or) As directed by the physician