Here's how your weight impacts your immune and digestive system

The more you weigh, the less healthy you are likely to be. That might sound obvious, but it's not just about how your clothes fit and how many calories you consume at each meal. Your weight affects more than just your appearance—it can also impact your immune system and digestive system. These two areas are inextricably linked when it comes to overall health.

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Weight is a key factor when it comes to your overall health and can affect more than just your appearance.

Weight is a key factor when it comes to your overall health and can affect more than just your appearance. It can also have an impact on your immune system, digestive system and heart health.

If you are overweight or obese, you may be at risk for serious health issues such as diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. In fact, being overweight increases the likelihood of death by any cause by 30%. The good news is that losing just 5% of your body weight can reduce this risk by 7%.

Your body is fighting an unseen internal battle every day.

You may not be aware of the battle your body is fighting every day. Your body is fighting an unseen internal battle that you are not even aware of, and it’s a battle to keep you healthy.

The immune system is the most important part of our bodies' defense against infections and diseases like colds, flu and other illnesses. It fights off infections by producing antibodies to destroy germs before they spread throughout our bodies. The immune system also produces white blood cells that fight off harmful bacteria in our bloodstream or lungs.

Your immune system

Your immune system is a collection of organs, cells and tissues that protect your body from foreign invaders such as bacteria and viruses. It also helps you fight off many diseases like colds or the flu.

Your immune system has two main types of cells: B lymphocytes and T lymphocytes. The B lymphocytes make antibodies that attack disease-causing organisms. They also help the body remember previous infections so that if you're exposed again to the same organism, your body will know how to fight it off more quickly than it did before!

Your immune system is constantly working to protect you from illnesses and diseases.

Your immune system is constantly working to protect you from illnesses and diseases. It's a complex network of cells, tissues, and organs that work together to protect your body from foreign substances (like bacteria or viruses) that could cause infection.

When your body detects something foreign, like a virus or bacteria, it will produce antibodies to fight off the invader. These antibodies are produced by white blood cells called B cells.

In addition to producing antibodies against harmful invaders such as viruses and bacteria, the immune system also sends out cytotoxic T-cells—a type of white blood cell that targets infected cells for destruction in order to prevent them from multiplying further or spreading throughout the body.

Your digestive system

Digestion is a crucial part of your immune system, because it is responsible for breaking down food and nutrients into smaller particles that can be absorbed into the bloodstream. Digestion starts in the mouth, where saliva begins to break down carbohydrates. The process continues as you chew food and swallow it into your esophagus, then moves along to the stomach where the stomach acids help further digest proteins with enzymes and digestive juices. The pancreas secretes bicarbonate (also known as baking soda) to neutralize acidity in the small intestine that helps break down fats into small pieces so they can be absorbed through intestinal walls via peristalsis (muscle contractions). As you absorb nutrients from food, immune cells in mucosal linings of organs like your stomach and intestines release substances called cytokines that help activate T-cells in response to an infectious agent or antigen (protein) that has been recognized by B-cells during their development process inside bone marrow's lymph nodes.

Your digestive system breaks down food and helps transfer nutrients to needed areas of the body.

The digestive system is responsible for breaking down food into smaller particles so that the body can absorb nutrients. It also helps eliminate waste products from the body. The digestive system consists of the mouth, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine and rectum. The first part of this process is called digestion, which means to break down a substance into smaller parts so it can be absorbed by your body. That’s what happens when you chew your food before swallowing it—you're digesting it!

Extra weight or obesity can affect your immune system, making it work harder than usual.

If you are overweight or obese, your immune system is working harder than normal. Your body produces extra chemicals that cause inflammation as a result of having more fat cells. Inflammation can increase your risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer. It can also make it harder for your body to fight off infections.

Remember that weight loss is not just about fitting into smaller clothes. It's about feeling better physically and emotionally. If you have been trying unsuccessfully to lose weight, consider talking with a registered dietitian or doctor who specializes in weight management issues to come up with an eating plan that will work well for you.

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Overweight or obese people may have chronic inflammations, which can add strain to your immune system.

You may be surprised to learn that the number of people who are overweight or obese has skyrocketed over the past 50 years. In fact, more than two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Overweight and obesity can have a serious impact on your immune system.

The body is constantly fighting off foreign substances such as bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites that cause infections in order to keep us healthy. When these germs enter our bodies, inflammation occurs as part of our immune response so that we can effectively fight off these invaders. Inflammation is one way the body protects itself from foreign substances but it also causes pain and discomfort for many people when it occurs without an infection present. The increased inflammation in overweight people may lead to other health issues including heart disease, stroke and diabetes which can have adverse effects on their overall well-being

Obesity can create complications with your digestive system, causing heartburn, acid reflux and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

Obesity can create complications with your digestive system, causing heartburn and acid reflux.

Heartburn is a burning feeling in the chest caused by stomach acid flowing up into the esophagus. Acid reflux is a condition that causes heartburn symptoms, but it is more serious than just occasional indigestion. It involves chronic inflammation in the esophagus and may lead to scar tissue formation if left untreated, which makes it more difficult for food to move through your digestive tract as it should.

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) occurs when food backs up into your esophagus instead of going down properly into your stomach. When this happens often or causes symptoms such as pain or difficulty swallowing, you should talk to your doctor about getting tested for GERD if you think you may have it!

Your weight health affects other areas of your body and could be putting you at risk for further health issues.

One area of your health that is affected by weight is your immune system. If you are overweight or obese, you may have chronic inflammations as a result of increased stress on your body. Chronic inflammation puts additional strain on your immune system, which can make it more difficult to fight off infections and diseases. In addition to having a weakened immune system, overweight or obese people may also experience digestive issues such as heartburn and acid reflux due to their higher-than-normal stomach acid levels. These digestive issues further increase the risk for infection because they allow food particles to enter into the intestines where bacteria live in high numbers.


The best way to protect yourself against all of these diseases is by maintaining a healthy body weight. By eating nutritious foods and exercising regularly, you can keep your immune system strong and healthy so that it can protect you from illness and disease.

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Written by Caroline Beckman

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