Could you have a weakened immune system? More than one sign, like getting frequent colds, could be pointing towards yes. When functioning properly, the immune system can ward off attacks from bacteria, fungi, viruses, free radicals, and other harmful substances that are present all around us. But when any part of the immune system is compromised, you will find yourself experiencing maladies more frequently.
Now, you might be wondering about the causes of a weakened immune system and what you should be on the look out for. Erin Palinski-Wade, RD, CDE, Swiss Wellness Consultant and author of 2 Day Diabetes Diet says, “Your immune system can be weakened by [eating less nutritious food], a lack of sleep, and high stress levels.” However, there’s more to it than that. For instance, a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that consuming 100 grams of sugar (whether from food or drink) significantly dampened the ability of the immune system to fight harmful bacterial for up to 5 hours afterward eating that amount of sugar.
Naturally, your lifestyle choices are not the only factor. Underlying illnesses can also put pressure on your body. Dr. Tania Elliot, a board-certified Allergist/Immunologist at NYU Langone Health states, “Chronic disease, either disease of the immune system itself (immunodeficiency or autoimmunity) or other conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and kidney disease) can all weaken the immune system.” For that reason, if you have been diagnosed with a risk for certain diseases or presently have metabolic syndrome or other medical conditions, you should discuss your immune system health with your doctor.
That said, there are small changes you can make to your life. If you want to know how to tackle the signs that reveal a weakened immune system and what to do about it, tap Read More below keep on reading.