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Your Body: Boosting Your Immune System

iStock/ThinkstockDR. JENNIFER ASHTON, ABC News Senior Medical Contributor

Cold and flu season is here. And none of us wants to be caught in the crossfire, right?

So before you find yourself curled up on the couch with a big box of tissues, here are some things you can do right now to help your body fight off infection:

  • First, live well.  Remember that healthy immune systems live inside healthy bodies. Make sure to get plenty of exercise and sleep about seven hours a night.
  • Next, eat a balanced diet. You need to have a well-rounded diet full of lean protein, grains, fresh fruit and veggies.
  • Get your shots. Immunizations are important.
  • If you smoke, try to stop immediately.
  • And finally, everything in moderation. So have fun but don’t overdo it.

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