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6 Steps to Strengthen Your Immune System

Boost Your Body's Defenses

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Definitely need to follow this advice! Report
Good article! Clearly I need to find ways to stress less and exercise more. I'm glad to see that I'm doing most of the other things right. Report
DAMSELFLY3
Great article. I know we have heard so much of this info before, just need to apply it! I catch colds way too often, now I have some immune ammo to build up my body with. hugs deb Report
If your family medical history lends itself to autoimmune disease, please read about gluten grains and how eliminating them might help your pain, inflammation, immunity. Google is your friend.

Here's one woman's account: http://autoimmunediseasesgfliving.blogspot
.com/2009/03/gluten-autoimmune-disease
-connection-or.html or for shorter, easier copying and pasting:

http://bit.ly/e1olsH

If you or someone you love has IBS, it might be celiac disease and misdiagnosed. Gluten-free diet helps with epilepsy, Tourette's, narcolepsy ...

~40% of our population have the genes for celiac disease. Doesn't mean they're triggered, but stress can do it. 95% of the population are undiagnosed. I am not even talking about gluten "sensitivity" which is another topic.

Sure, you can take QUALITY vitamins, but are you absorbing them?! Your immunity is in your gut, so take care of it!

Speaking from experience (unfortunately). :P

(Always cracks me up that people have to be told to be moderate in their drinking. Why isn't it ever suggested to not drink at all? ... I know, killjoy, huh?!) lol Report
Very good article.So glad I love broccoli.No wonder I rarely get sick.I try to eat right,get exercise and keep a positive attitude. Report
Your otherwise useful article is marred by the offhand comment "supplements can be shady". It is a complete mischaracterization that dietary supplements are unregulated. Foods are no more regulated than supplements in terms of providing the stated nutritional levels. Both foods and supplements are regulated by the FDA, both are subject to Good Manufacturing laws (cGMPs), which, help ensure safety, identity and quality of food and dietary supplement ingredients, all of which help ensure these products provide the stated nutritional content. The FDA has similar powers to enforce these laws for foods as it does dietary supplements and the FTC has jurisdiction over claims for these foods including nutritional content and health claims. Some nutrients are even acknowledged by the medical profession as difficult to acquire from the typical diet alone, especially as we age. Women don't get enough calcium, most of us don't get enough Vitamin D. So If you think you can get all the nutrients you need from the fabled "healthy diet" go right ahead and try! Me, I will continue to take my fish oil, Vit D, calcium, chromium, magnesium and zinc because I personally feel better when I'm taking these supplements and I have confidence that they are just as regulated as foods! Report
I am 70* years old, widowed recently and have been taking vitamins from a very reputable company for over 35 years. I see the difference the older i get. I'm a firm believer in the premise that good nutrition and regular exercise improve our quality of life, do not necessarily extend it.......................there is a company called Nutrilite that can answer a lot of questions regarding supplementation and they've been around for over 65 years............. Report
Good article to reiterate why we use and need spark people. On page 2 the last sentence there is a typo, it should be eat instead of each. Keep the articles coming - we need all the help we can get. Report
K_RENEE
This article carries a rather condescending tone, in my opinion. Report
This is a useful summary of good advice but I do wish we didn't have to click through five pages to read one article! I realize it provides more opportunities for advertisers to reach us but it annoys me to the point that I sometimes just don't read to the end.

End of rant. :) Report
The first piece of advice is rather silly considering the membership of this site, eh? It's possible to be overweight and be healthy!
I always believe that good nutrition is our first defense against all bad things that can happen to a body. There's no such thing as prevention - if a germ wants you it will find you - but we can do a lot in regard to making ourselves unpopular hosts for germs. If our bodies are too busy fighting off the garbage we put in them, they can't fight off the "serious" stuff. Always endeavor to eat for your body's needs! Report
Since I became vegan 4 years ago my immune system is much stronger. I hardly ever get sick. Sometimes the truth is pretty simple. Report
Thanks for the article! Staying away from sick people is definitely an important part of staying healthy. However, right now my husband is riding a crowded subway every day, so we need to do the best we can on other fronts. At least you can't smoke on the subway, yay! Report
Excellent summary of immune-boosters.

I'd also add "stay away from people with colds and flu"! (and from smokers, although smoking was mentioned in the article) Report
Great article! Report

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