How Can I Tell if I Have A Weak Immune System?

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A compromised immune system needs fortifying with all the vitamins, minerals and nutrients It needs to ensure it is as healthy as possible.

This post will better understand the signs and symptoms that may indicate a weakened immune system. I will also suggest some beneficial tips that will help you and your immune system stay stronger and healthier for longer.

Below I have highlighted the most significant bits for you, and the answers to questions you may already have.

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The Best Protection in Fighting Any Virus.

The best solution in protecting yourself from infection, illness and disease, including COVID-19, is by taking good care of your immune system.

Having a healthy immune system or making a real effort to improve it might stand you in good stead against fighting the symptoms of COVID-19, the flu or any other virus out there, for that matter.

Melbourne researchers mapped immune responses from one of Australia’s first Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) patients.

The report highlighted the body’s ability to fight the virus and recover from the infection.

Science Daily published the full story on March 17th 2020.

“We showed that even though COVID-19 is caused by a new virus, in an otherwise healthy person, a robust immune response across different cell types was associated with clinical recovery, similar to what we see in influenza,” Professor Kedzierska said.

Along with the 20 seconds washing your hands rule, social distancing, looking after the most vulnerable (those with underlying health conditions) and making sure your immune system is as healthy as possible is a must.

Lots of Things to Consider

We-all-feel-under-the-weather-from-time-to-timeHaving a weakened immune system can present itself in many ways, have you noticed that you tire easily, catch every bug that’s going on, get irritable and stressed out easily?

These symptoms could, among other things, indicate a weakened immune system.

After eliminating the obvious such as late nights, shift patterns at work or having a new baby in the house, it’s worth looking into if TATT describes you.

Here are the answers to a few questions people most often ask, and keep a keen eye out for any telltale warning signs you may be exhibiting.

1. Why Do I Suffer from Frequent Infections?

If you suffer from frequent infections, does it sometimes appear you recover only from being knocked back off your feet again, a few days later by the same condition or illness?

Suffer may be a strong indication that you have a weakened immune system; your immune system produces antibodies that protect you from infection.

When compromised, it has a much harder time fighting infection, illness and disease.

If you have a compromised immune system, you will likely get infections more frequently than most other people.

They might be more severe or harder to treat.

*Infections that people with a compromised immune system often get include: 

  • pneumonia
  • meningitis
  • bronchitis
  • skin infections.

2. Why Do I Feel Tired All the Time?

(TATT) Feeling “tired all the time” now has an acronym, so common has the symptom and the phrase become.

We all seem to feel ‘tired all the time” lately.

Despite having more time on our hands than ever due to the COVID-19 pandemic, constant lockdowns, we appear more tired.

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The reasons for feeling ‘tired all the time’ may appear evident from the outside.

The events of 2020 have taken their toll on millions of people around the world. Sadly they will have lasting effects on millions of people’s physical and mental health as well.

Other apparent causes such as grief, losing your home or a relationship break up.

Any stressful or traumatic situation is a cause that affects both physical and mental health alike.

“psychological causes of tiredness are much more common than physical causes”.

The physical causes that can make you feel TATT include:

      • Underperforming thyroid glands
      • Being overweight or obese – Your body has to work harder to do everyday activities.
      • Being underweight – Poor muscle strength can make you tire and fatigued more easily.
      • The side effects of medicines and some herbal remedies

There Are Lifestyle Factors to Consider Too

In today’s fast-paced, “always logged on or into” world, we often try to cram too much into our everyday lives. We try to stay on top of things by over-consuming caffeine, sugary, high-fat snacks or alcohol.

All this on the go rather than sitting down for a proper meal either on your own or with family and friends.

This type of lifestyle will eventually compromise your immune system.

3. Why Do I Get Stressed Out & Frustrated Easily?

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Stress eventually causes physical symptoms. Your immune system promotes not only good physical health but also promotes good mental health too.

Among its many functions, it regulates and controls mood and emotions.

The human stress response, such as ‘flight or fight’, still prevails today.

Threats that no longer require a physical response, such as a test or exam, may have physical consequences, including changes in the immune system.

The US National Library of Medicine has, over the past 30 years, done more than 300 studies on stress and immunity in humans.

Results indicated that psychological challenges are capable of modifying various features of the immune response.

4. Why Am I Finding it Difficult to Sleep?

Sleep loss is a significant factor in weakening your immune system, making you more susceptible to catching infections such as a cold, the flu.

According to the  US National Library of Medicine  National Institutes of Health,

Sleep and immunity are bidirectionally linked, immune system activation alters sleep and sleep in turn affects the innate and adaptive arm of our body’s defense system

Infections generally make you feel tired once your immune system has kicked in, and the desire to sleep increases.

5. Why Do I Get Tummy Ache All the Time?

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Frequent bouts of diarrhoea, gas or constipation may also be signs that you have a weakened immune system.

Studies have shown that the lymphoid tissue in your gut represents almost 70% of your immune system as a whole.

The “good bacteria” that live in your gut do more than help with digestion; they help keep any “bad bacteria”.

They keep unhealthy bacteria in check by multiplying so often that they don’t have enough growth space, a healthy balance of bacteria in your gut is called equilibrium.

Low amounts of these helpful gut bacteria can leave you at risk of infection, chronic inflammation and even autoimmune disorders.

6. Why Is My Cut Taking So Long To Heal

Your immune system, when an injury occurs, activates a 3 step process of repair.

The first response causes the damage (e.g. a cut or a burn) to become inflamed to prevent infection.

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Secondly, a scab (newly formed cells) cover the wound protecting it from exposure to the elements and germs. The protective shield formed is similar to a band-aid.

Thirdly, scar tissue (newly formed cells) help the wound heal, some injuries heal quickly, while others can take longer, especially if you have a compromised immune system.

If you have any cut or wound that is taking more than a few weeks to heal, you really ought to see a doctor, to be on the safe side and check things out.

Slow-healing wounds could indicate a serious underlying health condition such as diabetes.

Read more here: Vitamins & Minerals for Diabetics

As with any disease, the earlier you catch it, the more successful the treatment and recovery.

Zinc has an enormous impact on the immune system when it comes to wound repair, providing it with all the essential vitamins and minerals and nutrients it requires is extremely important.

You Have to Look After You

Ultimate, you and your immune system hold the keys to your health, vitality, and longevity.

The better you can protect and look after your immune system’s health, the better it can protect and look after you.

*Please note the information in this post is intended for the purpose of general information only and should not be used as a substitute for the individual expertise and judgment of healthcare professionals & that I may get a commission for purchases made through links in this post.

5 thoughts on “How Can I Tell if I Have A Weak Immune System?

  1. Norman says:

    I believe that taking care of our health is one of the most important investments we can ever do because if we don’t feel good or if we are sick often then we can not enjoy life as it was met to be or be able to make any contribution to our families and society. Our immune system is depending on us to do all that we can to take care of it and in return, it will take care of us. Thank you so much for the signs to look for in the case of a weak immune system.

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    1. Mitch says:

      Hi Norman, Absolutely, our Immune System depends on us to look after it well. It’s easy to fall into bad eating habits in this fast-paced world of ours. Convenience over quality appears to be the norm, it’s important that we especially in the Western world slow down and give our Immune Systems a little TLC before it’s too late.

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  2. Iren Szabo says:

    Helpful article and found that some pure liposomal formulas without flavouring support me further than others with more ingredients. So the less number of ingredients in a formula like capsule form Viridian, or liposomal Altrient the more we support our body’s immune defence building.
    What is in my supplement matters!

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    1. Mitch says:

      Hi Iren, So pleased you found the article helpful, yes, you are quite right, the fewer artificial ingredients(e.g flavourings and preservatives) the better which can be the case in a lot of products even if advertised as healthy or not! It is best to steer clear of these types of products because as you say “what’s in my supplement matters!”.

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