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Immune Function

The immune system is a complex network of tissues, organs, cells, and chemicals that protects the body from infection and illness. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.

The right diet is the key to managing many diseases and to improving general quality of life. For this condition, scientific research has found benefit in the following healthy eating tips.

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Choose fats wiselyOpt for monounsaturated fats, such as olive oil, over other kinds of fats to ensure optimal immune function.
Cut down on sugar All forms of sugar (including honey) interfere with white blood cells’ ability to destroy bacteria, so cutting back is one way to give your immune system a boost.
Give yogurt a goMany studies have shown immune-stimulating effects from yogurt that contains live cultures, such as Lactobacillus acidophilus and other friendly bacteria (probiotics).
Avoid alcohol bingesLimit alcohol intake to avoid damaging effects to your immune system.

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The information presented in Aisle7 is for informational purposes only. It is based on scientific studies (human, animal, or in vitro), clinical experience, or traditional usage as cited in each article. The results reported may not necessarily occur in all individuals. Self-treatment is not recommended for life-threatening conditions that require medical treatment under a doctor's care. For many of the conditions discussed, treatment with prescription or over the counter medication is also available. Consult your doctor, practitioner, and/or pharmacist for any health problem and before using any supplements or before making any changes in prescribed medications. Information expires June 2015.

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