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Outsmart This Scary Germ: Staphylococcus Aureus

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3 Ways to Stay Healthy

A strong immune system can help protect you from CA-MRSA. Here are three crucial steps to take right now to help keep your body in fighting shape.

  1. Pile your plate with fruits and veggies. Foods such as spinach, broccoli, and sweet potatoes contain vitamins A, C, E, and other antioxidants that studies show may prevent damage to immune-system cells.
  2. Don't let germ phobia keep you off the treadmill. Regular, moderate workouts help the body fight infection, research shows. But pace yourself: Exercising vigorously for more than 90 minutes can wear down your defenses.
  3. Get plenty of shut-eye. "Studies find that on-going stress weakens your infection-fighting hormones and cells," says Dr. Fishman. One simple fix: Get more rest, which helps your immune system recharge.

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Originally published in FITNESS magazine, September 2007.

 

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