“The immune system is a complex system of blood cells and organs. It protects the body from harmful germs that can cause illness.”
If you are suffering from digestive issues and feeling tired all the time, are prone to catching colds or frequent infections, find that skin infections or wounds are slow to heal, or you have high stress levels, then you may be showing signs of poor immune functions. All these symptoms, although not exclusively, could mean a poor immune system.
Many people may have suffered from these various symptoms of low immune function without realising it, but due to the current Coronavirus crisis, it is now even more vital to understand the signs of a low immune system. Understanding the signs and improving the immune system can not only help to improve your overall health, it can also protect yourself from catching the virus. A healthy immune system helps us to fight infections such as the COVID-19 virus.
If your immune system is weak, you can take steps at home to improve your health and optimise your immune function.
- Stress Levels – Stress weakens the immune system further and makes you more susceptible to illness – if you are suffering with excessive stress you are more likely to get sick. Exercise, meditation and other wellness practices reduce and manage stress levels. Try activities such as massages, spending time on creative hobbies and digitally socialising.
- Get enough sleep – Like stress a lack of sleep has a similar effect on the body’s immune system. Sleep deprivation disrupts the normal production of white blood cells, which is a central part of the body’s immune system.
- Exercise regularly – Regular exercise keeps the body healthy. Not only does exercise strengthen the body, exercise aids the release of endorphins that reduce stress levels. However, if you have a weak immune system, you should not push too hard as this can weaken the immune system further. People with a weak immune system should avoid exercising for too long, too frequently or at too high an intensity.
By adjusting one or a couple of the areas mentioned above, you could greatly decrease your risk of infection and contracting the virus, as well as support your body’s natural defence and support your immune system.
See our previous blog post to discover how you can alter your diet in order to help support your immune system.
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