Have you been told that a compromised immune system is simply something that “comes with” a chronic illness diagnosis? In a “which came first” scenario, the compromised immune system goes hand-in-hand with chronic illnesses such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, diabetes, arthritis, and more.
But … what’s behind a compromised immune system?
The following risk factors round out the top 10 issues linked to a weakened or compromised immune system. Some may surprise you. They’re listed in reverse order from the least discussed to the most commonly discussed.
#10 — INACTIVITY (lack of a physical fitness program or daily body movement – this prevents the body from being able to detoxify … among other things)
#9 — DEHYDRATION (lack of proper hydration inhibits healthy digestion, nutrient absorption, and detoxification … among other things)
#8 — DETRIMENTAL COPING MECHANISMS (such as alcohol, smoking, repeated use of over the counter medications, and/or “recreational” drugs)
#7 — PRESCRIBED MEDICATIONS AND VACCINATIONS (while your medication protocols should always be reviewed by you and your personal physician, note that many common pharmaceuticals [such as antibiotics and steroids] depress the immune system)
#6 — RECENT DENTAL WORK (dental health/hygiene is very closely related to digestive, heart, and immune system health)
#5 TOXINS (toxin exposure – both external and internal – can suppress and compromise the immune system)
#4 MALNUTRITION (diets that are deficient in essential nutrients are linked to poor digestive health and a compromised immune system – NOTE: undernourishment does not necessarily relate to weight)
#3 HIGH SUGAR & PROCESSED FOODS DIET (while this is linked to risk #4, it deserves its own category as sugar is particularly damaging and destructive to the immune system)
#2 SLEEP (lack of sleep does more than just make you cranky; it leads to many chronic health challenges including a depressed immune system)
And the #1 risk factor linked to a depressed immune system?
#1 CHRONIC STRESS (this doesn’t really surprise you, does it?)
So – there you have it. These are the top 10 risk factors that can sabotage your body’s ability to fend off infection and to stay strong and healthy. Of course, there’s much more to discuss.
Once the immune system is compromised, the effects compound over time. It gets worse and worse. One cold or infection per year turns into one per quarter (or more). One diagnosis turns into multiple diagnoses.
But, I want to hear from you! How many of the above factors are your greatest issues? Which would you say is your TOP RISK FACTOR?
It’s time to CAST YOUR VOTE!
Enter your #1 risk factor below, and I’ll go into more detail in future posts on the ones that receive the most comments. And … don’t forget to share this post with others who would like to chime in!
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