They’re in the air, they’re on your skin, and somehow in your computer…?! Read on, because in this blog, I’ll be breaking down exactly what a virus is, what they do to you, and how to protect yourself against them.
What is a virus?
As you probably know, the viruses in your computer are completely different from biological viruses. A virus is essentially anything that can “infect” something else to create more copies of itself. Infections occur when exposed, whether through the air from a sneeze or by downloading a package from a malicious email. Biological viruses are small– so small, in fact, that most scientists do not consider them living things, but rather highly complex organizations of proteins, lipids, and nucleic acids. Viruses are old as life itself, and the sheer diversity of them proves it.
Due to their compact nature, however, viruses are relatively simple creatures, and are well understood by science today.
What do viruses do to you?
While there are many types of viruses, all of them have one goal– to make copies of themselves. When you are infected, viruses make their way into the protein manufacturing plant of your cells and begin to duplicate themselves. Viruses steal your nutrients and make your cell create new virus copies until it dies, bursting with millions of new baby viruses that spread out to other cells in the area. Eventually, your body recognizes the attack and begins to fight back, creating custom proteins that bind perfectly to only that virus called antibodies. Different viruses have different tricks to getting into your cells, however, so for every strain of every virus you encounter, your body must make brand new antibodies for each type!
How can I protect myself from viruses?For thousands of years, humans did not have the modern luxuries of antiviral medication or vaccines–– Two scientifically proven methods of protecting yourself from viruses born from decades of research and science. In fact, viruses were only discovered in
1892! So, how then did people protect themselves from sickness in the past? During the Black Death in Europe around the 16th century, people understood that the disease could travel when healthy people were exposed to infected ones. The sick began to stay in their homes and only leave when necessary, creating the common practice of “quarantining”. Despite their lack of knowledge of disease, the bubonic plague was slowed down by many communities that quarantined.
On top of this, many ancient communities turned to the earth as well to fight off diseases, particularly in ancient India and China with the practice of Ayurvedic medicine. Sickness was met with treatment from an expert in herbs, known as an herbalist. Symptoms of disease were addressed with extracts, tonics, and powders, oftentimes from herbs known as adaptogens– potent disease-fighting compounds known to work naturally within the body. Of the many disease-fighting adaptogens, none stand as potent and effective at treating disease as Andrographis paniculata, found in high quality within our Kold Kare and Immune Kare extracts. Give them a try today to boost your immune system!