What causes a bad immune system?
My brother is 3 y/o and was recently diagnosed with AML (Leukemia) . The leukemia made his immune system weak which is easy for him to get sick and an infection which is not good for his condition.
I was just wondering how can cancer worsen your immune system to fight away bacteria?
- Someone's mom
immune system is working tirelessly on the leukemia, and therefore renders the patient immunocompromised.
Can ask the doc how best to enhance his immune system. I believe in echinecia for healthy people coming down with flu, colds, etc. Vit C does also. But he has a very specific condition so do ask doc. CAn also ask at health food store.
- Ramón B
Hi, people don't have a "bad" immune system, they just have it weak.There are many causes that weaken our immune system:
1. Overdosing on sugar:
Intake of high amounts of sugar for a prolonged period of time can reduce the ability of white blood cells to kill germs by 40 percent. The immune-suppressing effect of sugar starts less than thirty minutes after ingestion and may last for five hours.
2. Excessive alcohol drinking
Excessive alcohol drinking can harm the body's immune system in two ways
a) It produces an overall nutritional deficiency, depriving the body of valuable nutrients.
b) Excessive alcohol drinking can reduce the ability of white cells to kill germs, and suppress the ability of the white blood cells to multiply causing intoxication resulting in suppressed immunity and liver infection.
3. Food allergens
The immune system recognizes an otherwise harmless substance as a foreign invader and attacks it, causing an allergic reaction. Before the battle, the intestinal lining was like a wall impenetrable to foreign invaders. After many encounters with food allergens, the wall is damaged, enabling invaders and other potentially toxic substances in the food to get into the bloodstream and make the body feel fatigued.
4. Intake high amounts of saturated and trans fats
Obesity can lead to a weakened immune system. It can affect the ability of white blood cells to multiply, produce antibodies, and prevent inflammation.
5. Inadequate amount of sleep
An inadequate amount of sleep can lead to a depressed immune system. Our body requires sleep to restore it's depleted energy during sleeping and allows white blood cells to re- strengthen themselves.
6. Vitamin, nutrition and mineral deficiency
Vitamin, nutrition and mineral deficiency reduce the oxygen levels in the bloodstream which are essential to our body's cells and increases the risk of inflammation of the prostate, liver, etc
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