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Is it possible to boost your immune system?

Every question you’ve ever wanted to know about how not to get sick, answered.

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Eating foods high in protein and zinc, some studies have found, could help your immune system get ready to spring to action when an infection hits.

Everyone wants to be that person that never gets sick. The one at the office who somehow skips out on the plague that’s traveling from cubicle to cubicle, or the one that doesn't come down with a cold even when their entire family falls victim. How do they do it?

The idea of being able to do certain activities or eat something specific to boost your immune system such that you can become an illness-fighting ninja sounds incredibly enticing. But unfortunately, it’s not exactly how the immune system works.

Our bodies’—is far more specific. When you get a cold or the , cells within your adaptive immune system rush out to identify exactly what that sickness is. Once they do, they cleverly design immune cells to find and kill that infection. Those cells remain in the body such that when you come in contact with that virus or bacteria or other infectious agent again, your immune system knows exactly what to do. That’s why it’s incredibly difficult, if not impossible, to get the same (exact) infection twice.

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