Everywhere you turn, you hear a hacking cough or see someone sneezing. Are you going to be the next one to get sick? Especially considering the situation we are finding ourselves in of late, with a world pandemic.
Now that cold and flu season are in full swing, you want your immune system to be strong enough to fight back against the germs you encounter. But if you’ve noticed that you’re often sick, feel fatigued or have other nagging symptoms you can’t figure out, it may mean you have a weakened immune system.
Check out the warning signs and what you can do to give your immune system a boost.
1. Your Stress Level is Sky-High
It’s not a coincidence that you tend to get sick after a big project at work or following an emotional situation at home.
2. You Always Have a Cold
It’s perfectly normal for adults to sneeze and sniffle through two or three colds each year. Most people bounce back in seven to 10 days.
But if you’re constantly catching colds – or have a cold that’s won’t run its course – that’s a clear sign your immune system is struggling to keep up.
3. You Have Lots of Tummy Troubles
If you have frequent diarrhea, gas or constipation, it could be a sign that your immune system is compromised. 70% of your immune system is located in your digestive tract.
4. Your Wounds Are Slow to Heal
Your skin goes into damage control mode after you get a burn, cut or scrape. Your body works to protect the wound by sending nutrient-rich blood to the injury to help regenerate new skin.
This healing process depends on healthy immune cells. But if your immune system is sluggish, your skin can’t regenerate. Instead, your wounds linger and have a hard time healing.
5. You Have Frequent Infections
If you seem battle frequent infections, your immune system might be sending you red flags. Signs of a possible immune deficiency in adults include:
– Having more than more than four ear infections in one year.
– Developing pneumonia twice in one year.
– Suffering from chronic sinusitis.
– Needing more than two courses of antibiotics in one year.
6. You Feel Tired All the Time
You know that burning the candle at both ends is bound to leave you feeling sluggish. But if you’re getting enough sleep and still suffering from exhaustion, it’s worth considering if your immune system is trying to tell you something. When your immune system struggles, so does your energy level.
Don’t wait for all these signs above or to get sick before you start taking care of yourself. Prevention is better than cure!
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