Tired and Stressed? You May Have a Weakened Immune System

Date: 08-04-2020

Tired and Stressed? You May Have a Weakened Immune System

If you get sick often, feel fatigued, or have other ongoing symptoms you can’t explain, you may have a weakened immune system. One of the most fundamental wellness strategies we can consider is the development and maintenance of a strong immune system.

With the typical increase of colds, flus and viruses as we near winter, we can be proactive with regards to our immunity. However, a health immune system is also an essential consideration every day of the year. Immunity plays an important role in the prevention and treatment of cancer, and other immune disorders, as well as playing a major role in allergy disorders.

The immune system is particularly disturbed by antibiotic use, but poor nutrition, ageing, physical and mental stress, and poor lifestyle practices are also contributing factors to lowered immunity.

Lifestyle risk factors for a lowered immunity include:

  • Poor nutritional/dietary intake
  • Deficiencies in vitamins A, C, D, E, B6, B12, folate, zinc, iron and copper will influence our natural immunity levels
  • Lack of sleep
  • Poor gut bacteria
  • Lack of sunshine: vitamin D deficiency
  • Stress: Chronic stress and depression
  • Obesity or being underweight
  • Chemical sensitivities/exposure and pollutants
  • Exposure to infections, through poor water and food quality, poor hygiene, and exposure to bacterial, fungal, viral and parasitic infections.

These things wear you down and make it difficult for your body to fight off illness. However, you can boost your immune system with a few lifestyle changes. Simple changes can make all the difference and help strengthen your immune system.

1. Improve your gut bacteria

Daily replenishment of gut bacteria is important for immunity. There are many foods that feed or replenish gut bacteria that should be included in your diet.

2. Make sleep a priority

Keeping a regular sleep pattern can help enhance your immunity. Poor sleep is associated with a greater susceptibility to the common cold, flu and viruses. The natural sleep hormone, melatonin, is immune modulating, so sleep disruptions have an immediate effect on hormones and the immune system.

3. Increase vitamin D levels

Vitamin D may strengthen the immune system, benefit the nervous system and strengthen the respiratory system.  You can increase your vitamin D levels through sensible sunshine exposure or supplementation.

4. Manage stress levels

Meditation and the simple act of slowing down, focusing on the breath and even ‘taking a break’ are valuable ways to manage stress and optimise resistance.

5. Reduce or eliminate pollutants/chemicals

Review the products you use in the kitchen, laundry and bathroom. If possible, choose natural chemical-free alternatives. You may also find unnecessary and dangerous chemicals in your food, therefore eating organic is ideal.

6. Manage your weight

Maintaining a healthy weight range can help support immunity and resilience. Avoid fluctuation in weight and remember that even a five percent loss in body fat can be beneficial to your health if you are overweight.

7. Minimise exposure to infections

Practice good hygiene practices through simple actions such as regular hand washing and avoiding contact with infected individuals.

If you need an extra boost, our team of GPs and naturopaths have created a speciality immune boosting wellness pack full of vital products designed to help prevent colds, flus and viruses. Order a pack for you and your loved ones at (03) 9804 0646 or by emailing dispensary@niim.com.au

Need more guidance? Our integrative doctors are here to help support your health journey. Call (03) 9804 0646 to book a phone consultation now!