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10 Ways to Support Your Immune System
Our immune systems work hard every day to keep us healthy. And yet, we oftentimes only think about our immune systems when they’re busy fighting off a cold or flu virus, leaving us to deal with the symptoms. It doesn’t need to be that way, though. You can support your immune system each and every day, with intentional actions as simple as getting enough sleep.
Here’s 10 ways to support your immune system.
- Get enough sleep.
- Get a flu shot.
- Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables
- Eat good fats.
- Limit sugar.
- Take vitamins.
- Stop smoking.
- Limit alcohol intake.
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