Your immune system is the mechanism the body uses to defend itself against viruses, bacteria, and many types of diseases . Sometimes it tends to become weaker from a poor diet, stress, or some kind of illness that can prevent it from performing its basic functions normally .

How to know if the immune system is weak

The immune system is your defense, that is, your ” immune response ” to certain external agents that can go inside you and harm you . It is made up of a network of cells, tissues, and organs that work together to protect the body.

Each of these protective cells are what are called leukocytes or white blood cells . They are responsible for attacking disease-causing organisms . These cells are found in the thymus, spleen, and bone marrow. They are called ” lymphatic organs “.

Most common causes of a weakened immune system

If for any reason you have a low level of leukocytes at any given time, they will not be able to cope with those external elements that make you sick. So it is important that you are aware of certain types of signs so that your doctor can immediately determine the origin of this weakness and treat it appropriately. Here are some of the most common signs of a weakened immune system .

1. Frequent infections

Urinary tract infections , stomach problems, inflamed and frequently experiencing diarrhea, are often examples of a weakened immune system that is not responding to external agents entering your body. It is not producing the proper response and cannot defend itself against certain viruses or bacteria.

2. Fatigue

It is very true that fatigue can have many causes. But when they are continuous, when you wake up in the morning for example and immediately start to feel exhausted, when you end up tired of the smallest things, when the temperature difference causes dizziness or nausea, these are all symptoms to watch out for. consider that our immune system may be working poorly.

3. Allergies

Some people with immune-related problems experience allergic reactions more often than others. Not responding the same to certain types of pollen, dust and environmental agents that affect the skin or mucous membranes, and that immediately affect health, it is possible that you present some sign of a weakened immune system.

4. Flu, sore throat and colds

How many colds do you usually get each year? One every month? Do you always suffer from sore throats ? Can you get sick from the flu out of nowhere? It is advisable in this case that you consult a doctor so that he can do a test of your white blood cell levels, since your immune system may be weakened.

5. Injuries that take a long time to heal

The injuries that occur in our body, depending on their causes and severity, generally must heal or heal in a reasonable time, but when the immune system is weakened, there can be a long delay in their healing . even be more likely to develop infections or show unhealed scars in the form of bruises or bruises.

The need to strengthen the immune system

A good diet is synonymous with good health . But sometimes we can only achieve this when we are already experiencing a problem, when we are already sick or when our immune system has been affected.

It is necessary to have varied and balanced nutrition at all times, which is rich in fruits , vegetables and lean protein and low in alcohol, fat and sugar in excess. Citrus fruits are always an ally of excellent health, so do not forget to eat oranges, tangerines, papaya, grapes and for more references you can consult this guide to strengthen the immune system .

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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