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Low Immune System

The immune system at work

A low immune system may not present any visible symptoms if no nasty bug gets into your blood stream. However, when we do pick up a bug, our immune system helps protect us from getting sick by attacking and killing the invading bugs. The immune system has a nifty trick of identifying the offender and remembering them for future infections. The immune system attacks the offending germs through an elaborate defense mechanism that uses antibodies and lymphocytes, or white blood cells. Low immunity means your immune system is weakened. You are more prone to becoming sick and your ability to fight infection is lessened.


A low immune system is diagnosed through the observance of chronic infections, recurrent colds and flu, repeated outbreaks of herpes and sore lymph glands. Some say that cancer only occurs in a low immunity situation.


The immune system can become weakened through eating habits, emotional stress, and lifestyle. It can also be lowered if someone has certain medical procedures. Nutrient deficiency, inflammatory bowel disease, HIV or AIDS and other conditions can also weaken the immune system.


As always, it is best to keep your health professional informed of any decisions you make about any medicines you decide to take, including herbal remedies.

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