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Can We Strengthen Our Immune System?

As we float our way into the end of 2016 and the days are getting colder and the nights are getting longer, you've probably got a lot of people around you getting sick. Maybe you've already been sick, or maybe you've been lucky enough to avoid it all. Either way, avoiding sickness is usually at the top of everyone's priority list. It's the holidays, we have a lot of fun plans, we're seeing a lot of family and friends, and we can't afford to take extra time off work! Basically, getting sick ruins all of that fun we had planned.

So you may be searching for something that will help "boost" your immune system, so to speak, to help ensure you stay healthy all winter long.

Our Immune System

On the whole, our immune system does a pretty dang remarkable job of defending us against disease-causing microorganisms. But sometimes it fails: a germ invades and we get sick. The million-dollar question then is, is it possible to intervene in this process and make your immune system stronger?

Many products claim to boost or support immunity. Walk into a store, and you will find bottles of pills and herbal preparations that claim to "support immunity" or otherwise boost the health of your immune system. Although some preparations have been found to alter some components of immune function, thus far there is no evidence that they actually bolster immunity to the point where you are