When you have a weak immune system, the signs become clear and it’s time to take your health and wellness back under control.
Your body is constantly sending you signals of what it needs or doesn’t need, and it’s up to us to listen to those signals.
These 8 signs that you could have a weak immune system will help you better interpret what your body is trying to tell you, so that you can nourish it with what it needs to function best.
1. You Get Sick Often
One of the best indicators of whether or not you have a weak immune system is how often you get sick, and how long it lasts.
It’s quite normal to get sick once or twice a year with a sore throat, cold, flu or infection - and this is usually nothing more than your body experiencing temporary overwhelm that needs to be cleared.
By supporting the venting process the right way - with sunshine, water and fasting - you can not only clear the infection more quickly, but unlike synthetic drugs, actually help your body to build stronger anti-bodies and increase your resistance to future infection and disease.
If you’re falling ill more frequently than once per year, or it is taking you more than a handful of days to recover, it could be a sign that you have a compromised immune system and that it's time to focus on a more rigorous healing protocol.
Natural Quick Fixes: Some natural quick-fix solutions that can help support your body to knock out and prevent viruses and infections include:
- Nature’s Silver Bullet uses Colloidal Silver and Fulvic Acid to prevent and heal fungal, bacterial and viral infections as well as boost immunity. You can use it topically or ingest it, either to treat an infection or support immune health.
- If you’re experiencing a sore throat or feeling a cold coming, use the Internal House Cleanse Spray. With Fulvic Acid, Colloidal Silver, and a blend of immune-boosting essential oils, this spray will help you recover quickly from your illness.
- Cleanse Me is a natural colon cleanse that will help reset your system, flush built-up toxins from your body, improve your digestive health, and support a strong immune system. Use it periodically as a longevity, health protection protocol, or whenever you're feeling sluggish, sick or run down, to help clear your digestive tract. Remember, blockages in the digestive system are a significant cause of lowered immunity, which over time can cause all kinds of sickness and disease from common ailments to chronic conditions.
2. You’re Always Tired
Sleep is one of the most important things you can do for your mind and body, because it gives you a chance to rest and recover. Without a solid eight hours’ sleep a night, your body will start to show the signs and one of those is a weakened immune system.
If you feel like you’re getting enough hours of sleep a night but still feel exhausted all the time, it could be the quality of your sleep that’s the problem. Both quality and length of sleep are important, and a breakdown in either could cause your immune system to stop working properly. Not only does your body not have a chance to fully recover and fight off infection, but lack of sleep can actually prevent your body from making antibodies as well.
The Fix: Don't eat at least two hours before bed, turn off electronic screens at least an hour before bed, make your bedroom a peaceful oasis for sleep and nothing else by eliminating devices and distractions, ensuring clean flowing air and diffusing a few drops of pure essential oils next to your bed e.g. Lavender Peace.
3. You Have Gut Health Issues
If you’re noticing regular constipation, diarrhoea, leaky gut or other gastrointestinal issues, a weakened immune system could be to blame.
Diarrhoea could be a sign of infection, and if it lasts too long, it's typically a sign that your immune system is having trouble fighting it off.
Regular diarrhoea or other digestive issues could also impede your body’s ability to absorb crucial nutrients that could build up its defences.
It could also be caused by an unbalanced microbiome. Your gut health has a huge impact on your immunity, so an imbalance could weaken your immune system and its ability to fend off illness and infection.
The Fix: Make probiotic-rich foods a regular part of your diet. Fermented foods like Sauerkraut, Kimchi, Tempeh, Miso soup, Kombucha, Sourdough Bread, Olives and Pickles are all readily available and delicious foods that help promote healthy bacteria in your gut. It also helps to eat foods high in fibre from fresh fruits, vegetables and wholegrains - all of which contain "prebiotics" that feed the healthy gut bacteria.
4. You Feel Stressed Often
Stress has a wide range of effects on the mind and body, and one of them is a weakened immune system. It might surprise you, but chronic stress can weaken the body’s natural defences against illness and infection.
Stress also causes cortisol to be released, which is a hormone that wreaks havoc in your body and can weaken the immune system.
The Fix: Find a daily de-stress practice or activity like yoga, meditation, walking, reading, etc. By finding ways to naturally bring down your stress levels when they peak, you’ll help train yourself to feel less stress and anxiety over time. Hot Salt baths 2-3 times per week with pure Epsom Salts and 10-12 drops of your favourite Essential Oils can also be extremely beneficial for relieving stress and soothing a stressed mind and body.
5. You Feel Depressed or Anxious
If you’ve been feeling depressed or anxious for a while, it could be a sign or lowered immune function.
There’s a proven connection between strong immunity and high levels of energy, happiness and emotional strength because they're stimulated by high levels of dopamine and serotonin, which are feel-good, mood-boosting chemicals in the brain.
The Fix: Avoid processed, packaged and fatty fast foods, all of which contribute to inflammation within the body, poor health, low energy and lowered immunity. Eat a variety of whole foods from all colours of the rainbow spectrum to electrify the cells with life force nutrition, with a particular focus on mood-boosting Yellow foods.
Move your body outdoors in the open air for at least 20-30 minutes each and get plenty of morning sunshine which stimulates emotional molecules of happiness and joy in the brain. Finally, eat raw nuts which are pure brain food, delivering nutrients to the brain which help to support mental and emotional wellbeing.
Learn more in Tips to Heal and Prevent Depression Naturally.
6. You Are Addicted to Sugar and Refined Carbs
Sugar and refined carbs should be avoided as much as possible. They can lead to a ton of health issues and dis-eases, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that they can also lead to a weak immune system.
These foods cause blood sugar elevations, which is not only unhealthy but can weaken immune response. They also cause inflammation and insulin resistance, which affect the immune system too.
The Fix: Eliminate added sugar and refined carbs from your diet. Switch to whole, unrefined versions of the foods you enjoy e.g. if you have a sweet tooth, satisfy your sweet cravings with raw dates, dried mango, raw honey, organic maple syrup and raw cacao. Eliminate white bread, white flour, white rice, white pasta etc, and substitute with less refined versions of these foods. Follow a diet that consists of at least 80% plants to ensure your cells and body functions are being supported, reducing inflammation and strengthening the immune system.
7. You Have Alcohol Dependency
If you rely on a drink to wind down from your day, it can be a sign that your body and emotions are malnourished which can have a bid impact on your immunity.
Alcohol can weaken your immune response, cause inflammation, and affecting gut health, particularly if your chosen beverages are cocktails, spirits and beer and wine that are commercially produced and loaded with preservatives. All of these directly affect the strength of your immune system.
The Fix: If stress is causing you to rely on alcohol, it's important to look within yourself to find a substitute outlet for relieving stress. It could be as simple as finding some type of gentle uplifting activity that distracts you from your worries. the problem with alcohol is that it's a natural suppressant, meaning whilst it may create short stress relief it can lead to dependency which comes with a host of additional problems over time. If you're going to enjoy a drink, choose alcoholic beverages that are naturally brewed and which don't have additives or preservatives. Thankfully, these days it's easy to find quality beers and wine from organic farms and microbreweries which are far healthier options when it comes to avoiding impact to your immune system.
8. You Have Skin Health Issues
The appearance of your skin says much about your internal health and the overall health of your immune system.
Remember, the skin is the largest organ of elimination in your body, which means if there is internal chaos, it will eventually manifest itself in some way on the surface of your skin.
If you’re noticing eczema, rashes, allergic reactions, wounds that are slow to heal, infections, and other skin-related issues, it could be a sign that you have a weak immune system.
The Fix: Treat both the symptoms and the underlying cause. Use gentle, natural skin care products free of harsh chemicals and toxins. At the same time, nourish your body with whole foods, practice good self care, and try to de-stress as much as possible. If skin problems persist, it is wise to do a colon cleanse and juice fast for a handful of days to cleanse your digestive system and gut so that healing can take place.
Learn more in 5 Simple Daily Practices to Fortify Your Immune System.
You might have a weak immune system for now, but it doesn’t have to stay that way.
These eight tips are designed to help you strengthen your immune system by fixing what’s compromising it in the first place. Be wary of synthetic medications and supplements when it comes to strengthening your immune system. Remember that mother nature has every thing we need to heal and stay healthy. It's our job to simply embrace those things that most difference to our physical and emotional health - fresh air, water, whole foods, sunlight, movement, healthy relationships and fasting.
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