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10 ways to boost your immune system this winter – no pills, potions or hocus pocus required

From eating a balanced diet to avoiding stress and catching enough sleep, we chat to the experts about how we can keep our body’s defences in fighting shape

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You can improve your immune system but there's no quick fix

You can improve your immune system but there's no quick fix

Your microbiome is so important as it helps controls the immune system

Your microbiome is so important as it helps controls the immune system

We can help improve our immune system in a variety of ways, including eating fermented foods

We can help improve our immune system in a variety of ways, including eating fermented foods

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You can improve your immune system but there's no quick fix

Advertising would have us believe we can fire up our immune system like central heating. With a few potions and pills, it can be supercharged to vanquish viruses and beat off bugs. Then, when we’re not facing bacterial baddies and virological villains, it can be left to its own devices.

Tediously, this is not the case, mainly because it is considerably more robust than most household boilers. The immune system is sophisticated circuitry integrated into every cell of our body, from our cardiovascular system to our gut. Its motherboard is imprinted with genetic data, which can encode everything from predisposition to obesity, autoimmune disease and cancer.


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