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12 ways You’re Weakening Your Immune System

We are all born with different levels of immune systems. But there are many things that can weaken an adequately strong immune system. The immune system is the most important system of the body when it comes to preventing diseases as it defends the body from developing potentially harmful diseases. Problems with the immune system can lead to illnesses and infections. 

  • Stress -  Stress has a major influence on your immune system. Chronic stress is caused by stressful situations or events that last over a long period of time. It can make you susceptible to colds and the flu, as well as more serious health problems like heart disease, diabetes and other diseases. It also raises cortisol levels of the body which decreases the production of 'good' prostaglandins, a localised hormone that can support immune function. By practising stress-reducing activities like yoga, meditation and laughter, you can keep your body from going into chronic stress mode.
  • A poor diet - Excessive consumption of refined sugars and highly processed foods containing pesticides, chemical additives, and preservatives can weaken the immune system and make you vulnerable to developing chronic conditions. A healthy diet should have lots of variety and include plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat milk.
  • Excessive alcohol - Alcohol, like sugar, consumed in excess can reduce the ability of white blood cells to kill germs. It can cause damage to the immune system, short term by an increase in colds and long term alcohol can impede the functioning of immune cells, increasing your susceptibility to infectious diseases and cancer.
  • Lack of sleep - Without adequate sleep, the immune system doesn't get a chance to rebuild, and it becomes weak. Poor sleep is associated with reduced number of T-cells, white blood cells that help the body fight disease. Many studies show that people who don't get a good night's sleep or who don't get enough sleep (sleeping under seven hours a night) are more likely to get sick after being exposed to a virus, such as the common cold.
  • Obesity - Obesity can lead to a weakened immune system. It can affect the ability of white blood cells to multiply, produce antibodies, and prevent inflammation.
  • Lack of exercise - During moderate exercising, blood flow increases which promotes the process of expelling toxic waste out of your body. The improved blood circulation also promotes circulation of antibodies and white blood cells that are important for fighting off infections. As little as 20 minutes of walking five days a week can help your immune system perform at its best.
  • Medications - Some prescription and non-prescription drugs are major toxins that many put into their bodies. Excessive use of antibiotics and cold and fever fighting medications weakens your immune system.
  • Lack of hygiene - Lack of proper hygiene habits exposes your body to more germs thus leading to a weak immune system. Habits like brushing your teeth twice daily, washing your hands properly before eating and keeping your nails neat and tidy can go a long way keeping infections at bay.
  • Radiation exposure - Chemical exposure, UV, and radiation exposure damage the immune system.
  • Smoking - Cigarettes contain over 4,000 chemicals, all of which are extremely toxic to the body.  Even exposure to secondhand smoke (passive smoke) can affect your immune system. It can trigger an asthma attack and aggravate symptoms in people with allergies.
  • Dehydration - It is vital to maintain a good level of hydration, as it helps toxins/waste material out of the body. Dehydration can affect your energy and your sleep. Taking certain vitamins and supplements and making some lifestyle change can strengthen your immune systems.
  • Antibacterial Soaps - Most people think using these soaps are a great idea, but scientists have found out that they really aren’t what they seem. They cause bacteria to become resistant to antibiotics and other cleaners and also, they have been linked to an increased risk of developing serious allergies. The major contributor is an ingredient called triclosan. 


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