ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Signs and Symptoms of a Weak Immune System

Updated on December 28, 2017

A poor immune system?

Our bodies send out signs when our immune system is weak and looking out for them can help us take better care of ourselves and prevent any nasty infections. Here are some of them:

white blood cells are the soldiers of our immune systems
white blood cells are the soldiers of our immune systems

Common signs of a weak immune system

Gaining weight

Excess weight is not only bad for the heart and other organs, it also leads to hormonal imbalances that can hinder the immune system's fight against infections. Being overweight can increase your chances of getting infected by new strands of flu as well, as a weak immune system will have a harder time adapting to fight against the new infection, lacking the antibodies to combat such new flu strands.

Constant dry nose

As unpleasant as it may sound, a running nose actually helps protect against flu viruses. The mucus in the nose attracts viruses which are then ejected out of the body along with it. Having a constantly dry nose will make you more susceptible to getting sick, but you can fight against that by using a humidifier or a saline solution.

Constantly getting the flu

Usually a grown adult should get the flu 1-3 times each season with each time lasting around 3-4 days. If you're getting sick more often than that, it is a clear sign that your immune system is weak. One solution to improve your immune system is through the intake of vitamins and minerals, more specifically vitamin C and A as well as zinc and selenium. Vitamin C is found in oranges, grapefruit, parsley or paprika and vitamin A is found in carrots, liver, fish or eggs. You can get your zinc intake from wholewheat bread and cereal as well as sea fruit. Selenium is commonly found in walnuts, bread, fish, meat and eggs.

You like eating a lot of sweets

Besides being overweight, too much sugar is also bad for your immune system. A study by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that 100 grams of sugar taken on a daily basis can hinder your white cells from fighting against infection for up to 5 hours after eating the high-sugar product.

Things you should avoid

Besides the above signs of a weak immune system, there are other lifestyle related factors that can contribute to the problem:

Being under constant stress

According to the American Psychological Association long term stress can weaken the immune system. It's no wonder you are more likely to get sick during a stressful period of work then! Stress can also aggravate symptoms if you already have the flu, so remember to relax and take it easy.

Not drinking enough water

The human body needs to be hydrated in order for it to eliminate toxins. While the right quantity of daily water needed can vary from person to person the most common sign that you are drinking enough liquids is a pale yellow urine color.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      daisywalker675 

      5 years ago

      Thank you for the informative article. Everyone need to take care of their immune system. I take Ultra Immune as supplement and it's reliable.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)