It’s fair to say that my weak immune system is at an all-time low. I’m constantly tired and since chemotherapy last year, I pick up every single bug that the kids lovingly bring home from day care. You can imagine!
It isn’t just the fault of chemo though, although that did do some real damage to my immune system. Other than that, I just haven’t been looking after myself well enough. A few months ago, I started to make some changes to my diet and lifestyle. Something I wish I had started years ago.
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I know so many of you are the same as me: we put our kids and families first and we end up neglecting our own needs. For me, my health has suffered. Breast cancer was a wake-up call though – I want to be here for my kids. I want to set them a strong and healthy example too.
So there are some ways that I’m working on improving my weak immune system:
How I am Boosting My Immune System
Changing My Diet
Despite having a real love for cooking, I fell into the habit recently on relying too much on convenience foods. I’m talking about you, pizza.
Takeaways, ready meals, fast food. There’s a place for some of those things and I don’t think I’ll ever have the willpower to cut them out entirely. However, I’ve been making much more of an effort to get back into the kitchen and I love it. Although I do need to work on a ‘healthy pizza’ recipe!
You might remember that three months ago I stopped eating meat and I’ve also significantly reduced the number of animal products I eat. This is my personal choice and it’s in consultation with my GP – I am not advising you do this too, just sharing my experience.
One thing this has done is make me think much more creatively about cooking with different vegetables and legumes. It’s been a lovely way to start cooking again and sharing some yummy healthy meals with the family. I know the introduction of more fresh fruit, vegetables and whole grains is going to help my overall health.
I’ve been doing some research on how probiotics can boost a weak immune system and decided it’s worth a try for me. I’m just so sick of getting sick. So maybe introducing ‘good bacteria’ into my body will help improve this.
I’ve flirted with taking probiotics in the past but never long enough to make it a habit. I regret this – I think my body might have tolerated or recovered from chemo quicker if I had stuck to taking them. Are you getting by now that I have an issue with willpower?
Now I’m taking probiotics daily to help rebuild my battered immune system and I’m so much more consistent with them.
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It only occurred to me recently that I’ve been feeling quite…stressed. Since my diagnosis, I’ve experienced anxiety for the first time in my life and even before my diagnosis I had periods in my life of feeling stressed. Somehow though lately…I missed it.
When you receive the “all clear” after a cancer diagnosis, you feel elated. I felt like my life had been handed back to me and I was full of positivity. And I am positive, but I also have moments of feeling lost, angry, depressed and confused in relation to my diagnosis.
I’ve been carrying a lot of stress around for many months and as I approach my two year scans, the stress is inevitably building.
Talking about how I’m feeling, and writing about it, helps me so much.
Does stress have a direct impact on the immune system? I don’t know for sure. But what I do know is that when I’m stressed, tired and run down, I feel unwell. I’m more susceptible to illness and it takes me longer to recover. So whilst I have no science to back this up, this is the case for me.
So to try and reduce the stress, I’m sharing more. I’m talking about what worries or scares me and I’m not bottling it up. And I’m trying to get more sleep – which is a struggle as I’m an insomniac but I’m working on it.
I’m asking for help when I need it and I’m carving out some time every day just for me. Even if it’s only a few minutes. Taking time out for a relaxing bath, reading a book, sneaking in a daytime nap – all these things are definitely helping to reduce my stress levels.
These are the main things I have been working on to improve my overall health and boost my weak immune system.
I would love to know what you do too!
Do you have any ways I can help boost my weak immune system and feel healthier?
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