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7 Healthy Secrets for Boosting Immunity


There are several methods to treat an illness once you become sick, but what if there was a way to avoid becoming sick in the first place? While there is no 100 per cent effective formula for avoiding common ailments like the flu, there are ways to help galvanize your immune system.

Raising your immunity doesn’t require any magic potions or spending hours in a hyperbaric chamber; it can actually be raised effectively with changes in your lifestyle and diet. Here are seven relatively simple ways to increase your body’s natural “shield” against bugs…

 

1. Butt Out

This tip shows up a lot in health articles, and there’s a good reason for it. Not only is puffing away on tobacco linked to potentially fatal cancers and heart disease, it can also depress your immune system and leave you more vulnerable to other sicknesses, according to Livestrong.com.

Continuing to puff away suppresses antibodies created by your body to fight invaders, leaving you at higher risk of ailments such as respiratory infections and even the common flu, noted the source. The good news here is that if you quit smoking, your body’s “soldier” cells will start returning in greater numbers.

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