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Eat Well
Fall and winter are the perfect time to start cooking more. Make sure to eat whole, plant-based foods. A good rule of thumb is that if is a plant, eat it, if it’s made in a plant, don’t. Vegetables such as kale and peppers are full of vitamin C. Zinc, found in shellfish such as crab, lobster, clams and mussels, is also great for boosting your immune system.

Get Active
Doctor’s recommend at least 30 minutes of exercise 3 times per week. A brisk walk can be just as good for you as a run so don’t think you need to spend a lot of time and money on expensive equipment or classes. Just get out there.

Your body’s immune system uses lymph to circulate white blood cells and nutrients throughout the body. Water is essential in the production of lymph. Studies have also shown that substances called alkylamines that are found in green tea can prime your immune system against bacteria and other  disease-causing agents.

Lack of sleep can lead to a number of physical problem that can diminish our immune system. For most adults, 7-8 hours is enough but even simply taking the time to relax can reduce stress levels that can weaken your immune system.