Immunity: Balance vs. Imbalance

The immune system is a complex network of organs, cells, and chemical ammunition that shields you from disease and keeps you healthy. When thrown off balance, this shield is no longer impenetrable and…you fall sick.

In Balance

  • You feel energetic
  • You have a good digestion
  • You don’t have brain fog or difficulty concentrating
  • You have a clear and healthy skin
  • You don’t fall sick easily and when you do, you recover quickly and without medication

The point then is to make sure your immune system is in balance and constantly watch out for any early signs of imbalance. The earlier you pick up on these signs, the easier it will be for you to reverse the damage and return to a balanced state.

Slight to Moderate Imbalance

  • You find yourself saying “I just don’t feel well”
  • You have long-drawn episodes of cough and cold with more-than-usual weakness and fatigue
  • You have swollen lymph nodes in the tonsils, neck, armpits, or groin
  • You suffer more frequent stomach infections
  • Your cuts and wounds heal slower
  • You constantly feel exhausted and weak

Note that these signs show up way before actual disease symptoms manifest. It’s easy to think of them as passing or no big deal, but that’s exactly when you should act. A few diet and lifestyle adjustments will be all you need to be your best again.

Now keeping in mind your unique metabolic personality (prakruti) and which functional energy/energies you naturally gravitate toward, you will also be able to watch out for signs of imbalance that you are more prone to:

  • Light and quick: gas, lower back pain, nerve pain
  • Slow and steady: coughs, colds, and other respiratory troubles
  • Intense: skin rashes, gastritis, hyperacidity, joint inflammation, a burning sensation in the eyes

If your imbalances have progressed, longer lasting and more severe symptoms show up. Now would be wise to seek advice from your healthcare provider.

Severe Imbalance

  • You have chronic digestive problems
  • You experience chronic fatigue and lack of energy
  • You have chronic pain and inflammation
  • Your extremities are swollen and you have a generally puffy appearance
  • Your rashes, itchiness, and dryness get worse
  • You contract opportunistic infections like bronchitis, pneumonia, or fungal infections like oral or genital thrush
  • You start showing symptoms of anemia, such as dizziness, weakness, headaches, and shortness of breath
  • You have frequent, long-drawn, and severe allergic reactions

Do note that if you have a compromised immunity (due to a genetic condition or an infection) or you have an autoimmune condition, you will require medical intervention.