You may have had a cold and flu that lasted a few days and then disappeared automatically. Without you having to do much about it (except maybe blowing your nose endlessly).
Or you might have accidentally got yourself a cut that magically healed itself within hours.
That is your body’s immune system at play.
But this natural defence mechanism can’t always be this diligent.
And while you may not pay much attention when your immune system is working perfectly well, you can notice some obvious signs of a weak immune system.
Let’s dive into the most common ones below.
It’s normal for an adult person to have 2-4 colds per year.
Usually, this automatically clears up within a week or two as the body’s immune response is triggered and it gets into fight mode.
However, if you notice having frequent colds throughout the year or finding yourself having a cold that just won’t let go, then this may be a sign that you have a poor immune system.
Sometimes, the reason you have an upset stomach isn’t that leftover pasta you ate last night (although it can most certainly be!).
Frequent tummy troubles such as diarrhoea , constipation or gas may point towards a weak immune system.
There are two types of bacteria found in our gut; the good bacteria and the bad ones. Our gut maintains an optimum balance between these types in order to ensure that we remain healthy and that our immune system works at its best.
But if the amount of bad gut bacteria rises more than the good ones, the immune system gets fooled. It doesn’t really know which cells to attack so it mistakenly goes for the healthy cells.
And the pathogens that are left unharmed wreak havoc on your body. Like those often painful tummy troubles that you just can’t seem to get rid of.
A speedy recovery of wounds and cuts depends on a number of factors, including how well your immune system is working.
When the immune system is working properly, it lends the site of the wound with a healthy blood supply so that new skin cells can be formed. It also prevents an infection of the wound so the healing process can continue without disruption.
But a poor immune system simply fails to do the above. This can lead to wounds and cuts that won’t heal anytime soon.
It’s not uncommon to be fatigued after a long day or feel drained when you generally lead a hectic lifestyle.
However, the problem arises when you can’t seem to let go of this feeling of being constantly exhausted. Regardless of how much you sleep or try to rest.
The immune system is an energetically-costly system to run. When it’s weak and can’t fight pathogens more effectively, it usually requires even more energy to do its tasks.
This means that your limited energy reserves are increasingly directed towards fueling a weak immune system, leaving you depleted and tired all the time.
While losing an occasional battle or two with germs and bacteria doesn’t render your immune system weak, having recurrent infections might indicate a problem.
Technically speaking, the following may be signs of a weak immune system;
✘ Requiring more than two courses of antibiotic treatments per year
✘ Having more than three episodes of bacterial sinusitis in one year or the occurrence of chronic sinusitis
✘ Developing pneumonia twice over any time
✘ Having small infections that develop into more severe ones
If any of the above signs of a weak immune system ring a bell for you, then you must work towards strengthening your immune system.
Remember, a strong immune system means a stronger you. And there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be working towards achieving better health by bolstering your natural defence against viruses, bacteria and other pathogens.
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