So what are some of the most common signs that your immune system might be weakened?
STRESS: When we’re stressed, the immune system’s ability to fight off antigens and viruses is reduced. That is why we are more susceptible to infections/viruses. The stress hormone corticosteroid can suppress the effectiveness of the immune system. Its no wonder most people’s stress levels are currently through the roof. Flick through any form of media we are bombarded with the sadness and devastation that has been thrust upon us by the COVID19 pandemic. In our day to day lives stressful occurrences are common – whether it be illness, bringing up children, financial obligations etc – all part of life and it’s no coincidence you tend to get sick after facing one of these. Have a think about how often you may become sick after a holiday also…
COLDS & FLU: It’s perfectly normal for most people to get a sniffle with a change in the weather. Sometimes this is accompanied with the flu or worse as a virus. Normally with a few days of rest, you will bounce back. If you’re someone that takes longer than 10 days to shake off a cold or flu, then your immune system is considered weak and/or you are not resting enough.
STOMACH PROBLEMS: If you have frequent diarrhoea, gas or constipation it could be a sign that your immune system is compromised. Research shows that nearly 70 percent of your immune system is located in your digestive tract (AKA your gut). The beneficial bacteria and microorganisms that live there defend your gut from infection and support the immune system response.
These are but a few signs of a compromised immune system. Other indicators are slow wound healing, and feeling tired and lethargic all the time. Exercise regularly, eat well, get lots of sleep and try to manage stress levels as best you can.
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