We’re all born with natural immune systems that defend our bodies against germs and infections. While modern medicine, in the form of vaccines and other treatments, is invaluable to stave off serious illness,the last couple of years have demonstrated a very important need: the need to keep immune systems robust and from being compromised.
But how do you know when your immune system has become compromised? Fortunately, the human body is effective at telegraphing signs when the immune system is not as strong as it should be.
Symptoms that your immune system is compromised include high stress levels, prolonged bouts of feeling sick, persistent stomach pain, wounds that are slow to heal, persistent infections, and chronic fatigue.
High Stress Levels
Stressful episodes relating to home or work often trigger illness. In fact, studies dating back decades have found a link between stress and infection rates. Prolonged stressful periods weaken the responses of the natural immune system by reducing the number of natural defensive cells, or lymphocytes, in the body.
Prolonged Bouts of Feeling “Under the Weather”
Adults catch, on average, two to four colds every year. Most healthy adults get back to feeling normal within 7 to 10 days.
But if a person persistently catches colds or has a cold that the body is not fighting off in the normal period, it is a clear sign the immune system is compromised.
Persistent Stomach Pain
Frequent digestive tract problems are also a symptom of a compromised immune system. Research shows that 70% of the immune system is in the digestive tract. Beneficial or “good” bacteria located there help normal digestive functions and support the immune system.
A deficiency in good bacteria can leave a person vulnerable to chronic digestive troubles, as well as an autoimmune disorder.
Wounds That Are Slow to Heal
The human body as an organism immediately goes to work when its protective layer (the skin) gets burned, cut, or scraped. Blood cells immediately mobilize to the site of the wound to help it heal and regenerate new skin.
The key to this process is the presence of healthy immune cells. Wounds that linger for extended periods of time are a telltale sign that skin isn’t regenerating as it normally would, and that the immune system is not working as it should.
If a person is constantly battling an infection, their immune system may be trying to tell them something. According to the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology, there are types of infections that are signs of an immune deficiency in adults. These include:
- More than four new ear infections in a year
- Having developed pneumonia more than twice
- Developing severe infections that began as common bacterial infections
For most adults, working long hours or putting in long days looking after children cuts down on sleep is a fact of life. But for those who get the recommended hours of sleep a night and still feel exhausted during the day, it could be a sign the immune system is not functioning properly. Bodies with a taxed immune system try to conserve energy in order to fuel it.
Boost Your Immunity in Providence, RI
The team at the BioMed Center can suggest holistic treatments and supplements that you can find in our Elements Store to help boost your immune system and keep it as strong as it should be. Call (401) 443-4007 or make an appointment online today for a free consultation.