Are you getting sick frequently? If you do, you should know that recurring infections is one of the signs of weak immune system.
Being sick not a sign of weak immune system
It’s easy to assume that cough, aches, an fever is a sign of weak immune system, because this is what we are told. But that’s not true.
Feeling sick only means that the immune system has been activated and is fighting. That’s good and that’s what you would expect from a normally functioning immune system.
So how long should you stay in bed? That depends on two factors: the severity of the infection and the strength of the immune system. Ref
How to distinguish strong from weak immune system
People who can spike up fever once a year and get well afterwards are those whose immune systems are strong and capable of fighting. People who keep on getting sick and have low fevers that don’t seem to make a difference, have a weak immune system.
Persistent tiredness, #1 sign of weak immune system
The immune system does not sleep. It works diligently during the day and works even harder at night. Ref That’s because during sleep more energy can be devoted to self-defenses. Did you notice that sick people sleep more? Ref
The immune system uses an enormous amount of energy, even more when fully activated. If the infection is serious, the energy will be redirected away from less important functions and shifted in favor of the immune system. This can lead to severe weakness. Ref
So, watch out! Chronic fatigue may be the first sign pointing to overburdened defenses, and an important sign suggesting a weak immune system.
Getting wiped by a cold – #2 sign of weak immune system
Now you know why some people go through a bout of flu with no consequences and some end up being totally wiped-out for weeks. The difference lies in the effectiveness of the immune response.
People with good energy reserves (those in good health) may function well during an cold or flu. They may feel a tad under the weather, but they can still perform their daily duties. On the other hand, people with low energy reserves (in poor health) may feel so drained that they don’t even have the energy to go to a doctor.
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Respect the fever
You may have noticed that infections and fevers tend to go together. That’s good for the immune system, bad for your productivity. Fever requires an enormous amount of energy and can drain you all your vitality. But, you shouldn’t complain. Despite its energy costs, fever is one of the better ways to fight germs. Ref
Fevers between 37C (98.6F) and 38C (100.4F) can kill numerous viruses with higher temperatures being more effective. Next time you get a fever thing this: the higher the spike the stronger the body defenses and more germs get ousted.
Fever is not a sign of weak immune system and fever isn’t there to be suppressed. It’s there to be noticed and respected. Use your judgment wisely.
Weak fever – #3 sign of weak immune system
Weak body and weak immune system go together. When the immune system cannot produce a sufficient fever spike, the infection may keep on going. Low grade fever doesn’t have the same power and can’t eradicate the pathogens as quickly and efficiently as high fever could.
Many people mistakenly lower temperature while sick, because they equate fever with infection and believe that lack of fever equals lack of infection. This is false.
Taking pills to reduce a fever has nothing to do with improving health. In fact, fever suppression disarms body defenses and leads to worsening of the outcome. Ref Fever is the body’s best defense, thus consider lack of it (when needed) to be a sign of weak immune system.
Low WBC – #4 sign of weak immune system
Few people dare to look at blood work, because they don’t understand it. That’s a mistake. You don’t need a Harvard diploma to understand your body.
To see whether you can spot a sign of weak immune system on the blood work look for a line starting with WBC. This abbreviation stands for White Blood Cell count. WBC can tell you whether the immune system has enough “army” to defend you against infections. If the number is lower than the normal range it is a sign of weak immune system.
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Are you in good health – self check
Battling recurrent infections, feeling tired all the time, not being able to mount a fever, and having low WBCs are just few indicators of weak immune system. Should you improve it, you will find Ousting Sniffles invaluable.
In the meantime you may want take a test to see if you are headed in the right direction.