Four Signs of a Weak Immune System
Immunity and health go hand-in-hand. The importance of a strong immune system has especially risen since the COVID-19 outbreak. Therefore, you will find a number of over-the-counter supplements at clinics at pharmacies. However, immune system strength is a function of lifestyle changes rather than shortcuts. An Ayurvedic lifestyle provides you with sustainable, natural and disciplined means to reach this goal.
Do you have a robust and stable state of overall health and immunity? Take a look at the six clear indicators of a weak immune system.
Low immunity levels can cause food sensitivity and digestion impairment. After that, it can result in chronic gastrointestinal tract infections (GI), such as the irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or diarrhoea. This weakens gastrointestinal immune cells and destroys gut flora. Thus, an unbalanced gut micro biome is a primary indicator of low immunity. To clarify, these two bodily systems and inseparable, and he malfunctioning of one will affect the other.
There are some key habits which can improve your digestion. Firstly, consume a healthy amount of probiotics to separate the pathogens from antigens. These can also reduce the affects of allergen-induced diseases. Yogurt, homemade pickle, and buttermilk are some classic examples of probiotic rich food.
Firstly, yogurt is a product of fermented milk and contains gut-friendly bacteria. Further, it contains additional benefits such as improved bone health and blood pressure reduction. Thus, practitioners also recommend yogurt to those with lactose intolerance to relieve their symptoms. Make sure to choose yogurt with active or live cultures to reap these benefits.
Secondly, pickles or gherkins are cucumbers which are treated in salt and water. As they ferment naturally, the lactic acid content makes them sour. They contain high levels of probiotic bacteria and vitamin K. Moreover, their low calorie content makes them a valuable addition to your diet.
Thirdly, buttermilk contains several vitamins and minerals, including vitamin B12, riboflavin, calcium and phosphorus. The traditional form uses the leftover liquid from butter production. Hence, this form is more probiotic rich that store-bought versions. Practitioners recommend it for its effects on both gut health and immunity levels.
Flu and Infections
Your body becomes easily prone to pathogens and germs, which bring infections. Most adults typically catch a cold around 2-3 times a year depending on their surroundings and lifestyle. However, those with weak immune systems catch colds more frequently and take longer to recover. Consequently, it may evolve into other respiratory illnesses such as pneumonia or bronchitis. You may also face ear infections and chronic sinusitis.
Colds and coughs are caused by different forms of viruses. The most common form is rhinovirus, which is easier to tackle at early stages. But, when your body possesses low immunity, it is unable to produce enough white blood cells to tackle pathogens. Thus, you may be susceptible to nagging respiratory symptoms even at this stage.
Oner of the biggest symptoms of a weak immune system is the sudden development of high fevers. Similarly, it can also be caused by an existing autoimmune condition. As your body tries to ward off germs, your body temperature rises. Consequently, you will feel tired and dehydrated. Make sure to drink enough fluids and consume sufficient Ayurvedic immunity boosters, such as honey, to recover in time.
Overall, there are a variety of illnesses you may face more often than others. These include commonplace infections such as diarrhoea, headaches, stomach aches, and other such respiratory and urinary tract infections. This is to say that your body struggles to defend itself against disease causing microbes. Thus, take note of the frequency and intensity of such ailments as signals which indicate low immunity.
Most people feel full of energy after waking up. In contrast, low immunity levels result in constant tiredness and poor attention. The twentieth century comes with undeniably longer work hours, coupled with a lower mean sleep duration. As a result, sleep loss and disruption have become occupational hazards. It can eventually cause infections, chronic diseases, and sleep apnea.
However, sleep disruption is not the only cause of fatigue. The chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a long term condition of daily exhaustion which does not improve with rest. Typically, viral infections are a cause, and can result in pain, mental fog, and disturbed sleep. You may want to consult a practitioner for a sustainable remedy in addition to means of immunity strengthening.
Fatigue is also most common during illnesses. This is because your body draws on existing energy resources to fight off pathogens during periods of high infection. However, general low immunity can result in misuse of energy reserves. Poor lifestyle choices such as unhealthy fats, sugars, or processed foods are often the culprit. These foods are low in nutrients and highly inflammatory, causing an overactive immune system.
Instead, opt for wholesome Ayurvedic food to boost immunity and fight fatigue. For example, Ashwagandha is one of the best immunity boosters of Ayurvedic medicine. This is an adaptogenic herb which means that it adopts bodily needs to get rid of stress. It possesses the unique property to calm and energise you simultaneously.
Slow Recovery of Injuries
Your immune system is vital to the recovery of both internal and external injuries. Wound healing is a four-step process which involves homeostasis, inflammation, proliferation, and tissue remodelling or resolution. Further, each of these require immune cells and their mediators to function optimally. Weakened immunity can disrupt or slow the process.
Firstly, there are certain local factors which effect your immune system. For instance, the amount of oxygen in your blood and levels of infection can lower immunity and effect the healing process. Hence, wounds take longer than the average time of 3-7 days to heal.
Secondly, there are also systematic factors which have effects. These are either long term or predetermined. For example, obesity, smoking, poor nutrition, diabetes, and old age are risk factors to the healing process. Regarding nutrition, the deficiency of proteins, vitamins C and E, and fatty acids are such risk factors. This can be worsened with some medications such as chemotherapy drugs or short term use of NSAIDs.
In such cases, you should opt for a balance of both Ayurvedic remedies and over-the-counter medication. If possible, consult an experienced practitioner to understand the type of medication and dosage you will require.
Weak immunity manifest through multiple subtle and obvious signs. In this article, we address four such examples of the same – namely being poor digestion, flu and infections, fatigue, and slow healing of wounds. Fortunately, you can strengthen your immunity through sustainable lifestyle factors offered by Ayurveda.
Ayurveda recommends multiple herbs and spices which can strengthen your immune system. These can work in tandem with over-the-counter medication (during recovery) and keep your bodily system in check if consumed regularly. Turmeric, for instance, is a natural immunity booster.