The immune system—it’s a hard-working system in our bodies, but we very rarely think about it until something goes wrong. But incold and flu season, this important system can be a vital component in staying well.
Our team at AFC Urgent Care Warrington wants to take a few minutes to talk about the role your immune system plays and how you can keep it strong. Patients should understand that during cold and flu season that your immune system has specific functions that help to protect you, but is harmed by seasonal illnesses like influenza:
What Does Your Immune System Do?
Your immune system is made up of cells, tissues and organs, which all work together to protect the body from infection. When something like bacteria or a virus enters the body, your immune system goes into overdrive to remove the invader from the body.
However, if your immune system isn’t working optimally, your risk of illness increases. Your immune system may be diminished for a variety of reasons, and there are sometimes visible signs that it’s not working well. The types of food you eat, your energy level, and the places you go to for work or school can expose you to viruses and bacteria that infect your immune system.
Signs of a Weak Immune System
Patients that aren’t sure whether or not they have a seasonal illness, infection, or a similar bug can identify specific symptoms or sensations. A list of the symptoms that patients should identify include the following:
- Frequent illness symptoms like sneezing, coughing, fever, congestion, and sore throat
- Digestive issues
- Slow-healing wounds
- Excessive fatigue
- Feelings of stress or overwhelm
If you believe you have an illness, make sure you visit an urgent care center to get a second opinion via lab testing!
How Can I Boost My Immune System?
If you’re feeling like your immune system isn’t functioning at its best—or if you simply want to ensure it’s working optimally—there are some steps you can take to promote and improve immunity.
For one, ensure you’re getting enough vitamin C, vitamin B6 and vitamin E in your diet. These three vitamins work hard to help your body fight off infection, as well as make it easier for your body to recover if you do get sick.
- Don’t smoke.
- Eat a diet that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables.
- Exercise on a regular basis.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Get plenty of sleep, aiming for seven to nine hours a night.
Are you feeling under the weather? Stop by AFC Urgent Care Warrington today for a medical evaluation. No appointment is necessary!