Your Immune System Is Your Greatest Asset — Here’s How to Care for It

A prescription for living well from a Harvard physician

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When the body’s immune cells receive the nutrients they need, they function crisply and efficiently, warding off threats and not allowing harmful pathogens to take root.

We have come a long way in understanding pathogens.

Food is either medicine or poison, depending on what it contains, so you want to eat a clean diet. Don’t over-medicate. Flush your lymphatic system regularly with lots of water. Get plenty of rest.

It turns out that you don’t have a heart problem, a diabetes problem, a blood pressure problem, a cancer problem, or an autoimmune problem as much as you have a chronic inflammation problem. Chronic inflammation is an immune system gone awry, damaging the body it was designed to protect. If you want to decrease the amount of chronic inflammation in your body, then you need to heal your immune system.

Dr. Jeffrey Rediger, author of CURED, Medical Director of McLean SE, serves at Caritas Good Samaritan Medical Center, and teaches at Harvard Medical School

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