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Just like your moody mind, your body can throw its own tantrums, making you occasionally feel a little “off”. But when certain symptoms persist, you may need to investigate further to see they aren’t indicative of more serious health problems.

Looking after your immune system can be a total game changer for your overall health and happiness, particularly as winter rolls around. So watch out for these red flags that can help you nip health problems in the bud before they get worse:

The never-ending cold

The common cold isn’t anything serious, but if it lasts longer than 10 days, it could be a sign your immunity is struggling as typically, the immune system takes three to four days to develop antibodies and fight off the bad guys.

Infection, infection, infection

Even healthy adults develop infections like UTIs and gingivitis every now and then. That’s where antibiotics, fluids, and time help your body kick it to the curb. But when your immune system is weak, it has a hard time killing bacterial pathogens. The result? Relentless infections that return again and again.

Stubborn, swollen lymph nodes

Lymph nodes are bean-shaped glands that can be found throughout your entire body. They are especially easy to find in your neck, groin, and armpits. As they filter lymph fluid, white blood cells called lymphocytes kill bacteria and other foreign particles. The lymph nodes will swell up as they’re fighting off an infection or injury. If the swelling is persistent, this may mean that your immune system is having a hard time fighting off a problem.

Wounds that take forever to heal

Your skin goes into damage control when you get a cut, scrape, or burn. The body works to protect the wound by bringing nutrient-rich blood to the site to regenerate new skin. This vital process of wound healing depends on healthy immune cells. However, if your immune system is weak, your skin may have a hard time regenerating. Instead, the pesky wound will linger and refuse to heal.

Constant fatigue

When your immune system is down, so are your energy levels because your body is trying to conserve energy to fuel immunity. As a result, you will feel tired, no matter how many cups of coffee you chug. This can be annoying when you need to work, socialise, and generally live your life. And when you feel too tired do normal daily activities, it is certainly worth paying attention to.






If you think your immune system might be down, give it a helping hand this winter with Releaf Echinacea Drops and Releaf Echinacea Capsules, which are products of natural origin that contain added vitamin C for the maintenance of good health and may help relieve symptoms of the common cold and help fight off respiratory tract infections. Echinacea has also proven to cut the chances of catching a common cold by 58% and reduces the duration of the common cold by almost one-and-a-half days (.1)


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