There are several changes you can make to your diet and lifestyle that may help strengthen your body’s natural defenses to help fight off harmful pathogens and disease-causing organisms.
You've probably heard the word "immunocompromised" being used a lot lately and may have a general idea of what the term means. Your immune system has a great influence on how your body functions. One thing to note is that although strengthening your immune system is always a good idea, it will not prevent you from getting COVID-19. So please continue to practice social distancing.
However, what else should you know about having a compromised immune system?
First, let’s discuss the signs that may suggest that you have a weak immune system.
If you are getting sick often or if the illness is lasting longer than normal, it could be a sign of a weakened immune system. Most people get a cold once or twice a year typically not lasting longer than a week. So, contact your physician if you notice your body isn’t doing what it should be.
High stress level.
Chronic stress exposes your body to a steady stream of stress hormones that suppress the immune system. Naturally, easing stress lowers your stress hormones. Give your body time to de-stress which will lead to better sleep and a stronger immune system.
When your immune system is struggling, so will your energy level. Your body will attempt to store energy in order to provide fuel for your body. If you are getting enough sleep but still finding yourself exhausted, you just may have a weakened immune system.
If you have been experiencing diarrhea for 2 to 4 weeks, this could be a warning sign that your immune system is harming the lining of your small intestine or digestive tract. However, constipation is also concerning. If your bowel movements are hard to pass, your immune system may be forcing your intestine to slow down.
Do you constantly have cold hands? If your blood vessels are inflamed, it can be harder for your fingers, toes, ears, and nose to remain warm.
Check out these 6 options that could help build your immune system and fight off attacks that threaten to derail your health and your plans.
Eat lots of veggies and fruits. Include leafy greens, broccoli, cauliflower, squash, and sweet potatoes as they contain vitamin C and phytonutrients. It’s also beneficial to cook with garlic, onions, ginger, oregano, and turmeric. These ingredients have anti-inflammatory properties, and garlic and onions provide antimicrobial agents. Add them to soups, vegetable dishes, and sauces.
Probably your favorite tip, and it’s true getting enough rest restores and heals the body. You should aim for 7-8 hours of sleep each night. If you start feeling under the weather, your body will be able to bounce back even faster if you are well rested.
Limit sugar intake.
While sugar found in fruit or other natural sources can give the body a little boost, processed sugar causes inflammation and weight gain. So, by limiting processed sugar intake you are reducing your risk of chronic health conditions.
Hydration doesn’t technically protect you from germs and viruses, but preventing dehydration is important to your overall health. Dehydration can cause headaches and hinder your focus, mood, digestion, as well as your heart and kidney function.
Vitamin D3, C, Zinc and probiotics are great supplements that are critical for optimal immune function and can help you fight off infections.
Even a single session of moderate exercise, like walking, swimming, or a light hike can be “immuno-enhancing.” Studies show that moderate exercise has been used to boost the effectiveness of vaccine responses in at-risk people--those with a compromised immune system.
Rule of thumb, schedule a visit with your general practitioner to discuss your concerns before making any changes to your diet or exercise routine. Your doctor may suggest getting some blood tests before recommending a course of action.
Working with your doctor to take charge of your health will result in a better quality of life. After all, you only have today!
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