Imagine a nation that lacks a capable army to defend itself against interlopers and invaders. Or think of what could happen to your important documents and files if you left your computer without any competent shield against malwares and viruses.
In almost any imaginable scenario, we know all too well that keeping things defenseless is like walking on a tightrope of doom.
The same holds true with the human body, a system that is so fundamental yet at once complex in its workings.
Without our body’s built-in system of protection against germs, viruses, bacteria and other foreign bodies, our organs and essential bodily functions could very well be just time bombs waiting to explode.
But thanks to our immune system, our body’s crucial line of defense against infections, diseases and other ailments, we are protected against invaders that threaten the daily functioning of our bodily system.
Our immune system is key to maintaining health and vigor and intermittent bouts of colds and flu throughout our lifetime reminds us of how our daily functioning is affected when we let our body’s defenses down.
Worse, a weak immune system makes us susceptible to attacks of more potentially damaging bad cells such as cancer and autoimmune diseases.
When our immune system is compromised, whether through genetic predisposition or due to the environmental risks that we encounter on a daily basis, our body’s natural ability to ward off the bad guys wanes and we are left defenseless against a host of infections and other ailments.