Your immune system is the guardian and protective warrior of your health. When it’s operating at full capacity, it can tackle virus and crush infections without breaking a sweat.
But when it’s struggling?
Hello colds, flu, viruses and worse. In fact, over 80 illnesses are connected to immune system issues.
So how can you tell if your immune system is fighting or failing?
Here are six signs your immune system needs some love.
You’ll know your immune system needs support when …
You always seem to feel under the weather
Seasonal colds and flus happen to even the most health-conscious of us. The regular adult can expect to sniffle through at least three colds every flu season.
But if you’re constantly struggling with cold or flu-like symptoms, this might be a sign your immune system needs support.
In the same vein, if you’ve had to take antibiotics more than twice in a 12-month period (or four times for children), you’ll want to keep an eye on your body’s ability to battle germs by itself as it may become limited.
You’ve been feeling stressed
Stress isn’t just bad for your mood, it will effect you physically also. The American Psychological Association has found that long-term stress weakens your immune system response, making it harder for you to fight viruses and infections.
You have bathroom problems
And no, I don’t mean poor lighting or bad décor.
Rather, if you’ve been struggling with diarrhea (that’s lasted more than two weeks) or constipation, this could be a sign that your immune system is taking out their angst on the lining of your small intestine or digestive tract.
You feel tired … all the time.
Feeling tired before the clock’s even ticked over to noon? Even after you’ve had a full night’s sleep?
This could be a sign that your immune system needs your support.
Your skin is acting up
At the mercy of dry, red, itchy and irritated skin? As your body’s first protection against germs, your skin is a good sign of how well things are running from the inside.
If you’re struggling with rashes or troublesome skin, you may want to give your immune system some extra love.
Your joints are achy
Stiff, swollen and achy joints may be a sign that the lining inside your joints is inflamed.
Which means, yep, your immune system could be in trouble.
All signs pointing to an immune system sorely in need of support?
Don’t panic. Here are six ways you can give your immune system a helping hand:
- Ease off on the sugar and sugary foods.
- Stay hydrated.
- Keep your stress levels as low as possible.
- Set a regular sleep routine (and stick to it!)
- Nurture your gut health with probiotics and superfoods …
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