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Page 20 | Abby's Magazine | Your immune system is your body's defense against invading pathogens. It is a complex system made up of several parts throughout your body, from your skin to your white blood cells, that help keep you at your best. However, your body can also give you warning signs that may mean your immune system is weakened. Let's look at things that may mean your immune system needs support, and what you can do about it. KEY TAKEAWAYS: Poor nutrition, lack of sleep and exercise, loneliness, alcohol, smoking, and more can negatively affect your immune system. Signs of a weak immune system include digestive issues, fatigue, stress, and more. THINGS THAT MAY NEGATIVELY AFFECT YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM There are many things that can contribute to an immune system that needs support, including: • Lack of sleep • Smoking • High stress • Loneliness • Poor nutrition • Grief and bereavement • Alcohol Ways to SUPPORT Your IMMUNE SIGNS YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM NEEDS SUPPORT 1. YOU HAVE DIGESTIVE ISSUES The immune system and the digestive system are very closely connected. In fact, 70% of the immune system is housed in your gut — specifically in the form of gut-associated lymphoid tissue (GALT). The GALT consists of immune cells such as T and B cells, macrophages, antigen-pressing cells, and more. Because of their close connection, a healthy digestive system can help support a healthy immune system. It also means that frequent digestive issues such as diarrhea, gas, or constipation could suggest that your immune system needs support. Eating lots of fiber, drinking lots of water, and taking a probiotic supplement are great ways to support a healthy digestive system, and in turn, promote immune system health as well. 2. YOU'RE ALWAYS TIRED We all know that working too much and not getting adequate rest will leave you with major fatigue, but if you're getting enough sleep and still feeling exhausted — your body might be telling you something. When your immune system is working overtime, your energy levels can suffer. Your body is trying to conserve energy to help fight off germs, and as a result, you can feel tired no matter how much sleep you get. If this is the case for you, slow down and prioritize quality sleep over checking things off your to-do list. 3. YOU FREQUENTLY GET INFECTIONS Your body is constantly talking to you, and if you seem to struggle with frequent infections, it might be trying to tell you something about your immune system. If you feel as though you are overly susceptible to infections, be sure to talk to your doctor. 4. YOUR STRESS LEVEL IS THROUGH THE ROOF It's not a coincidence that you tend to get sick after a big project or test or following a distressing situation at home. Long-term or repeated stress can weaken the responses of your immune system. People who are older or are already sick are also more prone to stress-related immune changes. Managing stress is important not only for your mental health and well-being but also for your physical health. Talking to a loved one or professional, making time for self-care, and taking a stress-supporting supplement are all great ways to cope with the physical and mental effects of stress. *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. The information provided on this site is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. The information on this website is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Never disregard medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on the Solgar® site.

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