That’s why you need to rely on yourself to catch low immune system signs early. But getting a flu is not the same as having poor immune system. Flu only means the body is trying hard to protect you from the germs.
Why you need a strong immune system
Strong immune system is there not only to protect you against colds and flus, but also to keep you away from chronic viral infections such as hepatitis, herpes, and protect you against the biggest fear of all: cancers. So how could you tell that your system is low? The link below talks about nine signs of low immunity:
Not everyone has the same signs of compromised health, but having at least one of the signs below should make you wonder about your body defenses.
Frequent colds – a sign of low immunity
If it happens that you catch colds frequently, are sensitive to cold and have frequent sore throat your immune system is likely compromised. Being sensitive to cold weather and catching cold frequently could be due to low body temperature. You can check your core temperature in the morning when still lying in bed under covers. A normal oral body temperature that supports strong immune system should not read below 36.3°C (97.3 °F).
Lower body temperature invites viruses. Rhinovirus, a common cold virus has the fastest replication rate at 33°C (91°F), so the lower your body temperature the more likely you are to become a host to the virus. Focusing on raising core temperature to boost immune system makes sense. Immune system boosters in the kitchen. Exercise is great for that. Every time you move body temperature goes up automatically boosting immune system. But exercise is not the only way to boost temperature. Foods can change body temperature as well.
Focus on energetically warm foods such as:
- coconut and
avoid energetically cold foods such as:
- yogurt, and
Remember those solid food rules, especially in winter, and especially if you are prone to cold.
Interestingly low body temperature frequently accompanies poor circulation, which can be detected as low blood pressure. Low blood pressure is very common, but discounted by health care practitioners as a non-lethal phenomenon.
If you chill easily and easily get colds you may unknowingly be a victim of low blood pressure. To know how to test and how to improve poor circulation get a must-read: The Guide to perfecting blood pressure.
Lacking fever – another sign of poor immune system
A good immune system has power, power to kill viruses, bacteria, and cancer cells. That power comes from heat, called fever. A strong immune system should be able to raise core temperature high enough to create unfavorable environment for the invaders. Fever is a normal and a desirable response of the immune system in a fighting mode. Unfortunately many people do not understand fever benefits and fear it instead of working with it. The best way to fight viruses and bacteria is not to suppress the fever, but allow immune system to work. The best way to keep strong immune system is to ALLOW it to work the way it has been designed to. The cardinal sign of low immune system is its inability to create fever when needed. If you haven`t had a fever for years despite infections… hmmm.
Skin signs – really low immune system
Can you spot low immune system by looking at the skin? Apparently you can. Actinic keratosis, brown rough skin patches usually showing up on the abdomen and back are related to diminished immune system power. Actinic spots are a common phenomenon in people using immune suppressing drugs as well as elderly. But do not confuse actinic keratosis with liver spots or sun spots. Sun spots are flat. Actinic keratosis spots are raised and are loaded with viral particles.
If you just looked in the mirror and found a few of those it’s time to look more seriously into supporting immune system. But before you but Echinacea or another highly-advertised product for boosting immunity you should consider a question: why do you have low immune system? Unless you find and remove the underlying causes of weak defenses do not expect a sudden change for the better.
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