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MCLEAN, VIRGINIA – (April 26, 2011) – Each year, in America, an average of 628 million work days are lost due to illness or injury, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While most people end up getting sick at least once or twice per year, there are things you can do to boost your immune system and increase your chances of staying well.
"Getting sick is part of life, but that doesn't mean that we can't take steps to try to keep it from happening," explains Dr. Gary Kaplan, a specialist in family medicine and pain medicine at The Kaplan Center for Integrative Medicine, located in McLean, Virginia. "There are, in fact, many things you can do to help keep your body healthy and your immune system working efficiently."
The immune system is a network of organs, tissues and cells that helps to defend the body from invading viruses and micro-organisms that may bring on illness. Here are 10 things you can do to boost your immune system and help increase your chances of avoiding illness:
"Taking these small steps can go a long way toward helping you to avoid getting sick," says Kaplan. "You may already be doing many of them, and you will find the others easy to incorporate into your lifestyle."
About The Kaplan Center for Integrative Medicine
The mission of the center is to provide integrated, comprehensive treatment to help alleviate individuals' chronic pain and illness. By combining the best features of conventional medicine with the most effective alternative therapies, the Kaplan medical team has helped many people to improve their health and achieve optimal wellness. For more information, visit www.kaplanclinic.com.