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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

Staying well – your respiratory system

A new book – Neal’s Yard Remedies Complete Wellness – gives head to toe advice on natural remedies to help you stay well. Check out these top tips for keeping coughs and colds at bay.

Potatoes are out of favour – but they have strong roots in a healthy lifestyle

The potato has all the requirements to form part of a healthy balanced diet; so what has the humble spud done to fall so far out of food favour?

UK analysis: young adults, prospective parents missing key nutrients

New analysis shows that women and men in their childbearing years, as well as young people in general, are not getting the key micronutrients they need to ensure health now and in the future.

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.

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