Keeping your immune system in good shape

Take good care of your immune system in order for it to operate optimally and take care of you.

Immune system weakness can result in life-threatening diseases. There are usually signals highlighting a weak immune system.

Knowing your body and recognizing the signs could save you from suffering from infections and dread diseases. Becoming aware of your body and how it functions, recognizing when outside factors affect the body.

Know when to change your diet or improve your exercise routines.

Know when something is off and – listen to your body!

Weakened immune system signs

Infection: Repeated infections show that your immune system is not able to function recognizing the pathogens and defeating it.

Fatigue: Energy levels reflect the activity of the immune system. If you are constantly fatigued your immune system is letting you know that it too is suffering from fatigue.

Colds: The common cold should last about ten days, longer than this is a sign that your immune system is struggling to beat it and hasn’t developed the antibodies to rid you of your cold.

Healing: If you have cut yourself your body sends microphages to repair the damage. Blood is brought to the area in order to heal the skin. If your healing process has slowed and cuts and wounds linger, your skin is failing to regenerate – this is an indication of a weakened compromised immune system.

Lymph nodes: The glands found throughout our bodies swell when fighting off bacteria, and other foreign particles – you can locate a few in the neck, groin and armpits – if this swelling persists it could be indicative of a weakened immune system.

Digestion: If you suffer from nausea, diarrhea, ulcers, bloating, gas and digestive related troubles this is a sign that the gut is unbalanced causing your immune system to battle.

Weight: Being overweight can cause serious stress on the immune system, and prevent it from functioning effectively when necessary.

Equilibrium in our immune system is exactly that– a system, not one thing but a collection of intricate and interconnected systems.

To keep your immune system at its optimum strength you have to consistently maintain a healthy lifestyle.

  • Eat nutrient-dense foods high in fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds.
  • Avoid processed foods.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Avoid bacteria.
  • Get all the necessary daily vitamins and minerals.
  • Excessive alcohol consumption impairs the immune system and increases vulnerability infections.
  • Tobacco smoke sabotages immune defense and increases the risk of bronchitis and pneumonia.
  • Sleep deprivation increases cortisol, elevation of which suppresses immune function.
  • Stress overload also increases the hormone cortisol.
  • 10-15 minutes of sun per day with no sunscreen.

Extra immune boosting naturally

Medicinal mushrooms: Such as shiitake and maitake . A study showed that a concentrated extract of shiitake enhanced immune function in women with breast cancer.

Immune herbs: If you get recurrent infections, consider taking immune-supportive herbs such as Asian ginseng, American Ginseng, or astragalus.

Garlic: Garlic is a great antimicrobial agent and immune booster. Raw is best. Add it to foods just before serving as heats destroys key properties.

Echinacea: A great supplement to have on hand when respiratory viruses overwhelm your defenses.

Probiotics: The immune system is centered in the colon and with all the pesticides and antibiotics we are bombarded with daily, a probiotic is a good immune support supplement.

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