Signs that you have a weak immune system
Seasonal colds and flu are normal, most people will experience one or two colds per year and recover quickly. However, frequent and recurring colds and flu can be a sign of a weakened immune response.
Stress, lifestyle factors, and foods like caffeine, sugar and alcohol can have a suppressive effect on the immune system. As can a diet that is deficient in essential nutrients including vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants. Sugar and alcohol can deplete important immune boosting nutrients like Zinc and Vitamin C.
Up to 70% of immune cells are located in the gut and supported by good bacteria. Stress, inadequate diet and the use of antibiotics can affect the levels of these friendly gut bacteria. It's vitally important to have adequate levels of these important bacteria. Take a good quality probiotic supplement to replenish them.
Age is a factor-the very young are more susceptible to colds and flu because their immune system is not fully developed. And as you age your immune system can weaken causing you to catch colds more easily. Some people will naturally have a weaker immune system than others. Poor sleep can also affect your immune response.
Signs that your immune system is struggling include catching colds and flu frequently. You may be constantly feeling under the weather. Or be the one that always catches tummy bugs especially when travelling. Maybe you get cold sores, sore throats, and coughs more often that your family and friends. Recurring thrush and cystitis can also be signs. And each time you catch a cold it can take longer to overcome it.
If you do get a cold make sure to get plenty of sleep as the body is working hard to remove the viral infection. Drink plenty of water, this will help keep the body hydrated and also help to flush away mucus which accumulates in the nose and throat.
Colds and flu are both viruses and can be spread easily and quickly so good hygiene is essential during breakouts. These viruses thrive better in cold temperatures, which is why we see more colds and flu in the winter months. A healthy diet, exercise, and a decent night's sleep will help support your immune system.
Next week I will talk about remedies you can take to support and strengthen your immune system.