1. Constantly feeling EXHAUSTED!

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Do you wake up every morning feeling like you haven’t even slept? Or do you spend all day dreaming of the moment you can go back to sleep? It’s easy enough to spend too much time watching Netflix or out with your friends and not prioritise sleep, but if you still feel exhausted after getting a good sleep then this can be a sign of a poor immune system!

2. Catching every cold that goes around

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The odd cold during the winter months is normal for everyone. It’s hard to avoid all the germs flying around when people are sneezing and coughing. But if you feel like you are constantly having cold after cold then this could be a sign of a low immune system.

3. Cold Sores *puke*

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No one can argue that cold sores aren’t gross. Seeing them around someone’s mouth, or your own mouth, is not pretty. It’s VERY common to get cold sores when you’re run down, or stressed, or tired… or all of the above. It’s another sign of a poor immune system!

4. Your skin is trying to tell you something…

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Dry, flaky skin, red rashes and eczema are other signs of a weak immune system. You might even get boils! Not pretty. This happens because your skin is a barrier for your body, stopping unwanted organisms coming in. If your immune system isn’t up to scratch then your skin can’t do it’s job properly and you’ll be sure to know about it!

5. Stress head!

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Everyone is stressed these days it seems! The higher your stress levels, the less you seem to look after yourself. Whether that’s working late, eating take out food for convenience or maybe just skipping meals all together – it can all affect your health! When you’re stressed your body doesn’t have the same defence mechanisms so it can’t fight off infections the same.

6. Tummy trouble? It could be your immune system

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Are you regularly finding yourself needing an urgent visit to the bathroom? Or maybe you often have a stomach ache from holding in too much ‘gas’… If you suffer from a lot of bloating, constipation or diarrhoea, these can also be a sign of a poor immune system! Your gut is trying to tell you something! A low immune system results in not having enough healthy microbes in your stomach.

7. Taking AGES to heal

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We’ve all had a cut or a scrape on our arms or legs in our time. You will know from experience that they will be gone within a few days. 3 to 5 days to be specific as that’s the amount of time it takes for the body to heal itself. If the healing process is taking longer than this then your skin is struggling to regenerate properly and this can be because your immune system is weak.

8. You’re a party animal!

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We all like a drink now and then, but excessive or binge drinking can damage the lining of your gut. And we told you before how important your gut is and all it’s healthy microbes! Too much alcohol causes inflammation in your body and weakens your immune system because of that.

9. Teenage acne has RETURNED

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A poor immune system doesn’t just affect your energy levels, it can show itself in many other ways. Your skin is a big one of them! If you are suffering with acne, and you can’t explain why or if you’re ‘much too old’ for acne, your body is trying to tell you something! It’s a reaction caused by a low immune system.

10. You’re partial to a smoke…

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You would think this would be a no brainer by now! We all know cigarettes are harmful, as is marijuana and vapes. They harm your respiratory tract which is part of your body’s defense mechanism, therefore weakening your immune system. They also damage your tissues meaning your body expends more energy trying to repair them. Just give it up!

11. Popping pills every day

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If your morning ritual consists of a handful of tablets, something might have gone wrong…. If you’re dependant on medication for illnesses that never seem to go away, then maybe your immune system is low. Or if you’re constantly taking an aspirin for your headache that’s always there, it might be time to find out why.

12. Always bailing on your plans because you’re ill… again!

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It’s starting to sound like an excuse… but you are genuinely ill! Again. Not just the common cold, but are you always fighting off infections like a UTI or a chest infection? You’re probably always getting antibiotics from your doctor but maybe you need to look at how you’re looking after yourself.

13. Suddenly getting a fever

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A high fever is your body’s way of trying to fight off an infection. It’s the first line of defense against any threats. If you’re getting frequent high temperatures, which can make you feel hot to the touch, but also cold and shivering at the same time, then you need to have a look at how well you’re looking after your body.

14. An aching body that feels older than it is!

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You might be in your 20s, but if you’re creaking and moaning when getting out of bed in the morning, something must be wrong! If your body is constantly fighting off infections because you’re so run down, it will end up not having any energy left to look after your muscles and joints and this can leave them feeling very achey and unloved.

15. ALWAYS complaining of a headache

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Headaches can be caused by anything. Stress, dehydration, inflammation… the list goes on. Funnily enough, most of the causes are directly linked to a poor immune system! If you don’t look after your body, your body will let you know about it. Inflammation in any blood vessels from an infection or disease can lead to headaches.

16. Blocking your sink hole with all your hair…

If you are severely run down and lacking in vitamins and minerals, it can cause your hair to fall out. So if you’re noticing an abnormal amount of hair coming out in the shower or on your hair brush, it might be time to have a look at yourself. A low immune system can often be fixed by eating a healthy, balanced diet.

17. Bloodshot eyes that make you look permanently upset…

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If your eyes are red and watery, or feel gritty and like there’s something in there, then you could be suffering from Dry Eye. Dry Eye can be caused by a poor immune system if your body is not getting enough Omega-3 or by some autoimmune conditions like Rheumatoid Arthritis or Lupus.

18. Suffering from an autoimmune condition

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If you suffer from any autoimmune condition, it means you automatically have a low immune system. Your body is quite literally attacking its own cells, and this can manifest into a large amount of medical conditions and an even larger number of symptoms.

19. Not as tall or as smart as your friends?

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If you have a weakened immune system, your body is too preoccupied trying to fight off infections than it is on your growth and development. Any children with a low immune system, possible from not having a healthy diet or a medical condition, is at risk of delayed growth and slow development.

20. Be Careful: Your organs could be inflamed!

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Organ inflammation can cause you to have a poor immune system. Organ inflammation can be caused by an injury, heat, exposure to toxins and many more. Any type of injury like these that result in inflammation can be a sign that your immune system is weakened.

21. You aren’t eating your 5 a day

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If your diet isn’t great, I can almost guarantee that your immune system isn’t as good as it could be. Food is fuel! Our bodies need it to be healthy and give us energy. Fresh fruit and veg are full of antioxidants which are perfect for boosting our immune system! Zinc and Selenium are other nutrients great for the immune system which can be found in nuts, seeds and some types of meat.

22. You spend most of your time inside… in the dark…

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You cannot underestimate how much better vitamin D makes you feel! And if you didn’t know, you absorb vitamin D from the sun. Even just 10 or 15 minutes a day can make the world of difference, as vitamin D supports your immune system. So turn your TV off and go for a walk while the sun is shining!

23. You’re up till 3am playing video games

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Hiding yourself away in your room playing video games may feel like your down time, but you’re doing yourself a huge disservice! It’s addictive and a lot of people stay up late into the night for a variety of reasons. You may be able to cope on small amounts of sleep temporarily, but think about what it’s doing to your body! You need sleep so your body can rest so it can go back to keeping you safe and healthy each time you wake up.

24. Vampire Cold Hands

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Your immune system being low or an autoimmune condition can lead to “Raynaud’s Phenomenon”. This is where your blood vessels are inflamed, from an immune response, which makes it hard for your fingers and toes and other extremities to keep warm! Meaning you have VERY cold hands that could give Edward Cullen a run for his money.

25. Big fluctuations on the scales

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Maybe you find the scales creeping up, although you’re pretty sure you haven’t been eating more than normal. Or maybe people are commenting about how much weight you’ve lost, but you haven’t been trying. Any unexplained changes in weight need to be looked into by a doctor, but it’s possible because of your immune system either being poor or by an autoimmune condition.

26. Not looking as bright and bushy tailed as normal

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Yellow isn’t a good colour on most people, and definitely not your skin or your eyes… Jaundice can be sign that you are unwell and your liver cells are being destroyed. You may well be unwell because your immune system isn’t capable of fighting off infections and diseases.

27. You’re practically moulded onto your sofa…

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Is there an imprint of your butt on the sofa where you sit every day? Exercise doesn’t have to be a big, weight pumping session at the gym. It could be something as simple as a light walk after work or with your friends. If you aren’t getting any exercise, it can have detrimental effects on your health, namely your immune system.

28. Being anaemic!

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If you’re anaemic then it means you are deficient in iron, a very important mineral that helps carry blood around your body. Lack of iron can lead to all sorts of symptoms but most common is fatigue. Most people become anaemic from the result of a poor diet and therefore a lower immune system.

29. Not feeling hungry anymore

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Everyone has different appetites, but to lose your appetite for no apparent reason is not a good sign. It may be because of the digestive problems you’re experiencing or maybe you just don’t have the energy to eat anymore. Both could be signs of a weak immune system and should be looked into.

30. You don’t have any mindful hobbies

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Meditation and mindfulness activities are missing from a lot of people’s lives. If you don’t have any hobbies like this, then your stress levels will be higher and we all know what that means… Although stress is an emotion, it affects you physically by elevating inflammatory cytokine release which therefore weakens your immune system.