How Does the Immune System Fight Viruses?


How Does the Immune System Fight Viruses?

The immune system monitors and when it recognizes a virus it takes action to neutralize them and eliminate them from the body.

Your body does this by releasing chemicals that trigger and deploy specialized cells that go rushing to the site of invasion ready to attack and wipe out the enemy.

While the immune system is busy fighting off invading viruses, your body will react to infections in different ways, for example, chemicals are released by the body’s cells to elevate body temperature, or instigate inflammation as a defense mechanism in fighting invading viruses.

The innate immune system is one of the first  to responded using microbial peptides (AMP) produced by both the immune cells and the skin.

Immune System response activation Illustration of antigen presenting cell.
Specialized Cells Are on Standby 24/7 Ready to Attack.

These cells target microbes destroying them before they even enter the body, they do this by breaking down and disrupting the microbes ability to function.

The adaptive immune system first response team which include highly specialized T-Cells, B Cells and macrophages that seek out and destroy any invading pathogens.

Our Very Own Private Army

How our immune system fights viruses and germs is extremely complex and mind-blowing at the same time.

Because of this I cannot stress enough how important it is that you make every effort around overseeing and monitoring its overall health, efficiency and functionality.

There is a continuous battle going on inside every one of us, every second, of every day on a subconscious level.

It”s really important that we get it in the best shape we can by providing it with all the essential vitamin, minerals and nutrients it needs, along with a healthy environment inside and out.

We All Need A Helping Hand Sometime

You Immune System your very own private army
Immune System Your Very Own Private Army

Sometimes, however, it may need assistance to support its performance either from the sun, certain foods, vitamin supplements or medication, so that it is able to carry out its duties quickly and efficiently in its gallant quest in keeping you alive and kicking.

The fact that we are so blissfully unaware it’s even there, working as hard as it does mean that when it does suddenly stop working properly, we sure do get know about it, simply because we start to feel ill or die.

How Can I Boost My Immune System?

You can naturally boost your immune system with vitamin D3 just by sitting in the sun, that’s if you are lucky enough to live in a country that offers wall to wall sunshine all year-round.

Some countries can go without sunshine for as long as six months during the year, so during these long dark winters months it is impossible to produce any amount of vitamin D3 naturally.

Vitamin D3 is one of the most essential vitamins needed in maintaining a healthy, robust immune system.

Your only solution in this particular case is to ensure you get as much sunlight as you can and that you include as much vitamin-rich foods as you possibly can into your diet.

You may also need to consider the introduction of supplements  into your diet, only for the vitamin and minerals you are deficient in, such as vitamin C, D2, D3, Selenium and Zinc just to name but a few.

We Couldn’t Possibly Live Without it!

No, not even remotely possible, without our immune systems we could not possibly survive, we simply would have no natural or biological way in defending ourselves from all the nasty viruses and harmful bacteria out there just dying to get into our bodies.

Oh, and let’s not forget the ones that have permanent residency, ‘you do know you have lodgers right’? hence, the term used ‘host’.

Antibodies attacking a Influenza particle.
Cytotoxic T-cells have specialized proteins on their surface that help them to recognize viral infected cells.

Our immune system is dependent on many other systems and factors which all need serious consideration, personal care and attention.

It is without a shadow of a doubt a highly complex system that works in synergy with all others including the unconscious ‘you’ doing an absolutely awesome job by any measure.

Take Good Care of Your Immune System

Your Immune System really does take excellent care of you and your loved ones included.

In return, you need to be doing an excellent job to,by ensuring your immune system is in good shape, as best you can, with what you have, wherever you are.

If you can improve on and make good efforts around accomplishing this, a long healthy and active life is very much attainable.

As always, please feel free to leave any thoughts or comments in the space provided, they are always encouraged and very much appreciated.

Stay Safe, Stay Healthy, Stay Strong.

About Mitch Co Founder of Immune System Expleained.Com in Grand Cayman.

Mitch X:-).


*Please note the information contained in this post is intended for the purpose of general information and should not be used as a substitute for the individual expertise and judgement of healthcare professionals.

6 thoughts on “How Does the Immune System Fight Viruses?

  1. Shia says:

    Very good site, lots of helpful and useful information about how to keep a strong immune system very and boost it also as I have been feeling quite run down and tired the advice helped me immensely. Thanks

    1. Mitch Taylor says:

      Hi Shia,

      Thanks so much for leaving such a lovely comment, glad I could be of help.

      I will be posting more advice around ensuring you are adding enough vitamin-rich foods in your diet, along with which specific vitamins you should consider taking a look at.

      Thanks again, have a lovely weekend & hope to see you again soon.

      Mitch X:-).

  2. Jaime jose Dominguez says:

    I knew taking a multivitamin daily was good for me as my mom used to make me take one daily. I learned a lot about the immune system and I had no idea we had 3 sets of tonsils.

    1. Mitch says:

      Hi Jamie,


      Clearly a very sensible individual, we moms know a thing or two. 😊

      I’m delighted to hear you followed your mothers advice and hope you kept it up, be aware you may only need the added supplement of some,not all,
      please bear in mind over doing it on quantities can cause problems.

      I’m sure your mom (who sounds like a wonderful lady by the way) used to get you to eat up all your greens too, make sure you are getting as much vitamin & mineral packed food in you diet as possible.

      Although greens are delicious, its not all rabbit food we need a varied diet to get especially when it comes to minerals such as iron and Zinc, if you do eat fish or meat then supplements are definitely a good idea. 🥗🐰🥦

      & Yes we have 3 sets of tonsils! 😮 Who knew??? I never, they are a set of front line defenders, they should never be removed really, the procedure is rarely done now, after they realized it did more harm removing them than leaving them in🙄.

      Removing them causes immune problems throughout life and they are usually removed when quite young so that’s a long time to suffer.

      You’ve given me an idea 💡 for a future post,so nice one!

      Thanks for that 🙏🏽 be sure to keep an eye out 👀

      Thanks for taking time out to spend time with me today and glad you were able to take away something new and useful.

      Stay Gold Always & See You Again Real Soon

      Mitch X:-).

      Immune System Explained.Com


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