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Low immune system causes

Print Print (6) By: Dr.D

“Oh, another bout of cold or flu! Why do I have such a  low immune system” you think. “What can I do to stop being sick? I am really fed up of this.”

Don’t look for hi-tech tests to confirm your low immunity. There are none, but know that body abounds with early warning signs of immune weakness. 7 overlooked low immune symptoms

Victim of cold

In the early years of my clinical practice I had a lot of patients with low immune system. I probably kept attracting them, because I myself was one of the victims of low immunity getting sick every time my system encountered a draft or cold.

I knew very well what it meant not to be well. During that time I became an expert on overflowing the garbage basket with wet tissue, and stuffing my night table with variety of cold and flu medicines. I knew that sweating all night helps, so does Vicks, aspirin, lemon, honey, cloves, and wine. I knew how to take care of myself WHILE sick, but what I did not know is how NOT to get sick. This did not really sit well with me later as a doctor, so I went searching for answers.

3 SIGNS OF LOW IMMUNE SYSTEM

I always thought that gettingfrequent infections is a sign of low immune system. It puzzled me for a while to find that people with “low immune system” syndrome, at least according to their blood tests, actually don’t have low immunity. It turns out that there are other reasons why people experience frequent colds.



Recurring colds in adults – why?

Can low immune system be tested?

The immune system is guarded by white blood cells which are widely spread throughout the body. They are our very own army, which is activated when a bacteria or a virus enters the body. I know from medical studies that in cases of low immune system white blood cells are low. So I kept testing my “low immune system” patients to find a pattern.

To my surprise people with frequent flus and colds did not have low white blood cells. Contrary to what I expected their levels were never low, but always normal. That puzzled me a while because it meant that these people with frequent flus and colds did not actually have low immunity as per the medical definition. So why they did get frequent infections?

Is Fever a sign of low immune system?

I took few years before I fully understood immunity and the immune system. I realized that getting symptoms such as fever, pain, and runny nose is actually a desirable immune reaction. These are the signs that the immune system has mounted a fight against an invader. These are the ways the body destroys and removes viruses and bacteria.

Fever improves circulation of lymph and blood and therefore increases the likelihood of a virus or bacteria encountering white blood cells. Pain is the end effect of inflammation or in other words, immune system activation. The increased mucus production helps in removing both the living and already destroyed germs. The stronger the reaction, the stronger the fight, the stronger the immune system.

Do you have strong or weak immune system?

We can frequently observe a strong immune reaction in kids, as they mount a very high fever. Their illness is intense, but short-lived, because their bodies are very efficient in destroying microbes.

Low-grade fever and lingering post-infection symptoms, on the other hand, are frequently seen in adults. Low and insufficient fever is a typical reaction of a still working, but much weaker immune system. Watch what symptoms you get when sick. These symptoms can tell you if your immune system is strong or not.

How to make immune system stronger?

Now you know that fever, runny nose or malaise is just a way the immune system works and you should encourage a strong immune reaction. Although it will make you feel better, lowering fever, taking anti-inflammatories or stopping mucus production, is counterproductive.

So, if fever, mucus, cough, and malaise indicate a good immune reaction then what’s not right about getting frequent colds and flus? Symptoms of flu or cold can come only AFTER you get infected with a virus or bacteria, never before. Getting symptoms means that the microbe, or rather a large number of microbes, have found a way how to enter into your body.

The body will not activate the immune system without a reason, so if you get frequent flus and colds somewhere in your system there is a big open door through which the can parade in. How to close the door? That is a topic for another post. In the meantime you can boost your immune system with foods.

How to make immune system stronger?

Let’s keep in touch!





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6 Responses to “Low immune system causes”

  1. I’ve been sick for the last month and a half. First the stomach flu, then the respiatory flu ( that’s what I call it) ,it then turned into a severe sinus infection. The doctor put me on ten days of antibiotics, before I was done taking them my lungs got tight again with mucus. I am at my end of the rope and tired of being sick. What can be causing me to keep staying sick?

  2. Terry, for sure your immune system does not keep up with the demands, but the bigger question is why doesn’t it? There may be many causes: stress, nutritional deficiencies, or improper lifestyle, which is a huge topic by itself. Lack of exercise, shift work, immunosuppressive chemical compounds present in your environment, carrying extra weight, smoking, avoiding vegetables, carrying diet low in antioxidants, poor digestive health all can play a part in lowering immune system. If you have access to a qualified naturopathic doctor or at least a nutritionist in your area I would suggest a long talk with that person. This should be your first step in figuring out what stops your immune system from performing properly. Wishing you a quicker recovery. DrD

  3. I have had chronic colds flus virus ear infectios sinus problems asthma allergies. i eat chia seeds, take plant based vitamins, i eat organic fruits and vegys, i avoid gmo foods,pre packaged food are not part of my diet, meat is usually from a local racher or amish family. i quit dairy and gluten, i excersize one hour four days a weeks at the gym. get pleny of sleep, read for fun, read lots of healty water, no pop, no juice, coffee yes! organic white and green tea yes. my dr says im peri menapausal, pre diabetic with a bs of 104 after 8hr fast, she says im healty except a low immune system. no treatment suggested. i have a better immune system than last year she says. i have been sick 7months out of the year for four years now. please suggest something as i have goals and want to complete college. i cannot even get out of bed so often. HELP ME PLEASE

  4. Hi Laura, ask for a copy of your blood work and analyze it yourself. Your doctor is looking for numbers outside the range, which indicate pathology. Numbers that are not outside the range do NOT in any way indicate OPTIMAL health. Your doctor mixes up lack of pathology with optimal health. Pre-diabetes, allergies, chronic sinusitis, and asthma do not belong to “HEALTH” category. If you are from a country/place that has qualified Naturopathic Physicians, please make an appointment. You will not be able to help yourself the way a board-certified ND can help you. This is your plan: 1. Analyze blood work: what was tested, what was not tested and how it was interpreted. You need a good naturopathic dr for that. If you don’t at least get a copy of your recent blood work, so I can go over some major categories. You want to see at least the following: inflammatory markers (especially hsCRP, thyroid and lipid profile, B12, iron, complete blood count, liver and kidney check, HbA1C, 2. Have somebody analyze your diet: timing, quantity, macronutrient proportion and micronutrient saturation. A good non-vegetarian nutritionist can do that. ND would be even better. If you have none keep a very detailed diet diary for 3-4 days and maybe something will be very obvious. 3. Do IgG food allergy test. One of the biggest “suckers” of immune system are incompatible foods. You need a naturopathic doctor to do it. It is a blood work. It is very helpful. I suspect you can find some culprits there. 4. Stop exercising. I am not joking. Give yourself a break for two weeks and then exercise only 2x week. Your system is too weak to deal with another stress. 5. Make sure you are not lacking any of the immune-supporting nutrients: zinc, vit D, vit C, vit A. I guess, you have things to do. I know I was very general, but remember unless I examine you thoroughly in person and know what`s going on I would be doing you a disservice. DrD

  5. Hello, my daughter has been sick continuously since she was born on jan. 2, 2013. She’s now 11months old n still sick.(congested lungs,congested sinuses, ears, cough, runny nose, ) dr. Said she had croop once and sinus infection once gave me antibiotic.( That didn’t work by the way) They tell me there’s nothing I can do but humidifer, steam, use lil noses, vicks. I bought a purifer also. She dnt sleep whitch means no sleep for me n she crys all the time,cause she miserable n dnt feel good. What do I need to do or ask to make her get well. Please help!( I’m tired of getting sick too)

  6. Are you breastfeeding her? Kids build immune system through nutrients and bacteria present in breast milk. If you are not breastfeeding, please do if it is possible. Formulas can be immune draining for many kids. If you are breastfeeding ensure that your milk is top notch quality. Eat real, organic food and absolutely do not avoid animal fats. It is vitamin D and A that builds immunity. These vitamins are fat-soluble and they should come from egg yolks, meat, and unaltered dairy products (not the ones from the grocery shelf, but the ones from the farmer). Inquire about procedures done in the hospital. It is not uncommon that non-vaginal births or early vaccination cause immune system problems. I made many mothers happy by using homeopathic remedies. DrD

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