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Where you live is more influential to immunity than genes

Our history and environment – like where and with whom we live – are responsible for 60% to 80% of the differences between individual immune systems,

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A mushroom a day for better immunity?

Regular consumption of shiitake mushrooms, prized in traditional Asian medicine for their health-giving properties, can help improve immune function, say US researchers

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Zinc deficiency linked to inflammation, poor immunity

Zinc, an important mineral in human health, appears to affect how the immune system responds to stimulation and deficiency can lead to inflammatory conditions, scientists say

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Take a walk in the woods to boost immunity, shake off stress

It’s not just a psychological effect, plants release important chemicals that, when we breathe them in, trigger key immune activity

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A botanical boost to immunity

When your immune system is working below par there are plenty of natural ways to give it a helping hand

Gum disease link to rheumatoid arthritis

Brush, floss, get regular check-ups – it could help lower your risk of inflammatory and autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, according to new data.

How junk food puts your immune system on high alert

Intriguing new research suggests that the body reacts to a steady diet of junk food in the same way that it reacts to an acute infection – with dramatic health consequences.

Loneliness could kill you

We are physiologically and psychologically primed for connection, which may be why studies show loneliness shortens our life spans and some even suggest it’s even more lethal than obesity.

Dietary polyphenols promote health through the gut

Dietary polyphenols found ineveryday foods such as onions, green tea, red wine and cacao support good gut health, which in turn supports the health of the entire body.

The mind-altering effects of stress

How poverty and disadvantage raise the risk of dementia

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