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Eat to Beat Illness

"Diet is the fuel that runs the complex human machine and all of its parts, including the immune system," says David Katz, MD, director of the Yale Prevention Research Center.

Essential power players include high-quality protein, such as fish, lean meats, and beans, needed to help build white blood cells (the body's defenders); brightly colored fruits and veggies, which provide immune-boosting antioxidants; and omega-3 fatty acids (good sources include fatty fish, walnuts, and flaxseed) to keep the immune system balanced.

(Laura Doss)

The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.

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