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How does avoiding illness boost the immune system?

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You want your immune system focused on fighting cancer, not stomach bugs or colds. That’s why you should steer clear of crowded places, where germs abound. However, even your kitchen has surprising risks for a weak immune system. These tips can help protect you from bacteria there:

  • Wash your hands well before and after food prep.
  • Set the fridge temp at or below 40°F.
  • Keep a dish under thawing meat, fish, or poultry to catch drips.
  • Wash fruits and veggies before you peel or cut them.
  • Don’t eat raw sprouts.
  • Rinse packaged salads and similar items, even those labeled “pre-washed."

SOURCES:

National Cancer Institute: “Immunotherapy: Using the Immune System to Treat Cancer.”

Aging : “Corticosteroids and immune checkpoint blockade.”

Opdivo.

Breastcancer.org: “Cancer Treatments and Their Impact on Your Immune System,” “Exercise During and After Chemotherapy or Targeted Therapies,” “Exercise During and After Treatment,” “Healthy Eating During Treatment,” “Taking Care of Your Immune System,” “What to Know About Diets That Claim to Cure Cancer.”

Cancer Research Institute: “Cancer Immunotherapy: Stomach Cancer.”

American Society of Clinical Oncology: “Understanding Immunotherapy.”

Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology : “Sleep and immune function.”

Mayo Clinic: “Sleep tips: 7 steps to better sleep,” “Stress Management.”

American Cancer Society: “Nutrition for the Person With Cancer During Treatment.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on January 23, 2019

SOURCES:

National Cancer Institute: “Immunotherapy: Using the Immune System to Treat Cancer.”

Aging : “Corticosteroids and immune checkpoint blockade.”

Opdivo.

Breastcancer.org: “Cancer Treatments and Their Impact on Your Immune System,” “Exercise During and After Chemotherapy or Targeted Therapies,” “Exercise During and After Treatment,” “Healthy Eating During Treatment,” “Taking Care of Your Immune System,” “What to Know About Diets That Claim to Cure Cancer.”

Cancer Research Institute: “Cancer Immunotherapy: Stomach Cancer.”

American Society of Clinical Oncology: “Understanding Immunotherapy.”

Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology : “Sleep and immune function.”

Mayo Clinic: “Sleep tips: 7 steps to better sleep,” “Stress Management.”

American Cancer Society: “Nutrition for the Person With Cancer During Treatment.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on January 23, 2019

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