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Five signs of a weak immune system

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The immune system is a system of vital processes carried out by organs, cells, and particles inside an organism in order to protect it from diseases, toxins, cancer cells, and foreign particles.

This system identifies pathogens, such as microbes or viruses, and neutralizes or eradicates them. A healthy immune system distinguishes healthy cells and vital tissues from foreign organisms that cause disease.

If you often get sick or feel tired, it may be because your immune system is weak, according to the “Times of India” website, which published five warning signs indicating a weak immune system.

1. Persistent digestive disorders

Approximately 70 percent of the immune system is in our gut, as our gut bacteria fight pathogens and promote immune health. These gut bacteria stimulate the growth of T cells.

Low amounts of these symbiotic bacteria can increase the risk of viral infections, chronic infections, and even autoimmune disorders. If your immune system is weak, you may experience frequent diarrhea, gas, or constipation.

However, the food and drink you consume largely determine your digestive health and the balance of good and bad bacteria in your gut.

2. Slow wound healing

It is the immune response that makes wounds heal and prevents infections.If your immune health is not strong enough, it will restrict the renewal of new cells, making it difficult for your wounds to heal.

3. Exhaustion and extreme fatigue

If even after enough sleep you feel tired and fatigued, this definitely indicates something abnormal. Immune system health  is directly proportional to a person’s energy level, so being tired all the time means that the body is trying to conserve energy to fuel the immune system during a battle with pathogens.

Yoga and exercise open the heart and improve blood circulation throughout the body while increasing the flow of energy in the body. They not only strengthen our nervous system, but also stimulate the thyroid gland, which helps to get rid of tiredness and fatigue.

4. Frequent colds

Studies show that adults get an average of two to three colds each year. If you are someone who suffers from frequent colds, this clearly indicates a weak immune system.

It may be due to your lifestyle and hygiene issues. If you are a heavy smoker, then you should be aware that smoking directly affects the cells of the immune system and causes damage to the very small capillaries in the respiratory system, which usually help to remove the mucus that carries germs. Second, failing to follow hygiene practices can create an environment that allows infection.

5. Stress and worry

When a person is stressed, their body releases corticosteroids that suppress the effectiveness of the immune system by decreasing the number of lymphocytes in the body.

Stressful and anxious feelings can lead to unhealthy coping techniques such as smoking and alcohol consumption.

A person with severe stress is advised to visit a mental health specialist. Emotional and social support from family and friends can help a person recover from stressful times.

If you suffer from constant stress and anxiety, eat a balanced diet and follow a healthy lifestyle, including yoga and exercise.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm


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