4 Signs Of A Struggling Immune System That You Might Not Know About
When we think of the role that the immune system plays in our bodies, we often immediately think of colds and flu – many of us know that if a person contracts every cold or flu that goes around it probably means that their immune system is not functioning as well as it should. And then there’s those people who seem, well, immune to everything. Does this mean they have a stronger immune system?
There are many factors that influence whether or not we contract infections like colds and flus and having a strong immune system is one of them. What we often don’t know, or forget, is that the immune system plays many roles in the bod, beyond just defending us from bacterial or viral infections.
Below are some common signs and symptoms that could mean that your immune system needs a boost:
While there is a difference between true allergies and sensitivities, both are very real and both involve the immune system. If you suddenly seem to have developed sensitivities to foods or environmental allergens like dust or pollen, this is a sign that your immune system needs some work. Specifically, you may want to work on improving the health of your gut through probiotic foods and supplements.
There are many potential causes of fatigue, but a struggling immune system is a factor in many of them, including chronic fatigue syndrome. Supporting the immune system through food and supplements, managing stress, and adopting good sleep habits are crucial for minimizing fatigue.
It is becoming more widely known that food sensitivities play a huge role in skin conditions like eczema, as well as others. Eczema is an inflammatory disorder and inflammation is an immune response. Supporting the immune system (especially the gut) and identifying and eliminating food sensitivities are the first steps in working on the root cause of eczema.
Slow wound healing
Do you ever get a small cut or abrasion that seems to take forever to heal? This can be a sign that your immune system is struggling to effectively to its job. When the immune system isn’t working as well as it should, it may not be able to easily heal minor wounds, as it should. If the body is not getting the right nutrition and building blocks it needs to rebuild tissue as well as maintain a strong immune system, this can hamper the healing process. If the immune system is not functioning optimally it may also struggle to prevent an infection from occurring in the wound, which will, of course, make it very difficult to heal and may lead to more serious issues. Eating a balanced diet with adequate protein as well as fresh vegetables and fruit is very important for a strong immune system.
A strong and healthy immune system is an integral part of our health! As always, a balanced diet that is high in fresh, organic vegetables and fruit as well as good quality protein and healthy fats is the best place to start in improving immune system function. Managing stress and improving sleep are also extremely important. After that, there are many helpful supplements that can be added to your routine to help give you a boost.
By: Ali MacBoudreau
Ali is a Certified Holistic Nutrition Consultant. Her mission is to help you discover just how vibrant and amazing you can feel, by giving you the tools you need to make lasting changes. (Hint, it involves delicious food!) To learn more about Ali and holistic nutrition please visit her website https://www.holisticali.com/about