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Page 10 of 31 | # 51| Page 11 What is the Immune System? We hear about the importance of a strong immune system all the time, especially when it comes to preventing viruses, infections, and other diseases. But what exactly is the immune system, and how critical is it to your overall health? For starters, your immune system is made up of cells, organs, tissues, and even reflexes such as your cough reflex. Its main job is to repel or limit infections and other diseases. When your body detects an antigen — something harmful or foreign, such as a virus, a toxin, or bacteria — your immune system kicks into gear to protect you by attacking it. This is called an immune response. During this response, your body makes antibodies, which can help defend you against this antigen in the future. This protection your body is building is called immunity. There are two parts to the immune system: the innate immune system and the acquired, or adaptive, immune system. You're born with the innate immune system, and its active right after birth. The innate system consists of protection offered by mucous membranes and your skin and protection offered by immune system cells and proteins. It responds the same way to all germs. As you grow, your body learns things and develops acquired immunity, which comes from either a vaccine, exposure to a virus or disease, or another person's antibodies. Acquired immunity can take over if the innate system does not destroy the germs. The acquired immune system can remember germs, so it can specifically target the type of germ causing an infection and, hopefully, keep you from becoming ill. SUMMARY The immune system is made up of cells, tissues, and organs that repel or limit infections and other diseases. By Sara Lindberg Medically reviewed by Jared Meacham, Ph.D., RD, PMP, MBA, CSCS Choose from a variety of organic, vegan, vegetarian and/or gluten free dishes that are prepared fresh daily. Juices, smoothies and desserts also available. Our Bakery Cupcakes, cookies, cakes and more! We offer gluten-free options, as well as vegan and paleo options as well. Desserts vary on a day-to-day basis, so we encourage you to call ahead if you are looking for something specific. Need a custom cake or dessert for a special event? No problem. We just ask for 72-hours notice. About Us Café Eden was created in 2001 as a new addition to Abby's Health and Nutrition. Our purpose is to provide our community with healthy food alternatives, and we do so by offering daily prepared foods, a fresh salad bar, homemade soups, smoothies, desserts and more. We pride ourselves in using the highest quality ingredients and are happy to provide a wide variety of gluten-free, vege- tarian, and vegan options to our customers. We have something for everyone! Our Hours Monday-Saturday: 8am - 8pm Sunday: 9am - 7pm Phone: (813) 265-4951 To place an order go to and click on Café Eden or call (813) 265-4951

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