Do you know how sugar affects your immunity?
If not, you're in for a surprise! Sugar can have a disastrous effect on your immune system, weakening it for up to 5 hours after consumption. Most people are unaware of this fact, and continue to eat sugar without knowing the consequences.
In this blog post, we will discuss the sweet lies of sugar and how it affects your health. After reading this post, you will be better informed about the negative effects of sugar and hopefully be able to make healthier choices in the future.
Sugar weakens your immune system by causing inflammation. When you eat sugar, your body releases cytokines, which are proteins that cause inflammation. This is a natural response to injury or infection, but when it's constantly activated by sugar intake, it can lead to chronic inflammation.
Chronic inflammation has been linked to a number of health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes, and even cancer. So if you're looking to boost your immunity, it's best to avoid sugary foods and drinks.
Here are some tips for avoiding processed and excessive sugar consumption:
- Limit your intake of processed foods and drinks. These are often high in sugar content. The unfortunate reality of the supermarket is that most of our foods are loaded with additional sugar. The reason is that sugar sends specific signals to our brains PLUS add additional flavor to the food to make the foods more appealing and leave us feeling better in the moment.
- Choosing natural alternatives like fruits or natural sweeteners (such as stevia or monk fruit) can help crave your sweet tooth without hurting your immune system. Fruits are packed with fiber which slows down the processing of the unrefined sugars, allowing your body to more properly absorb the sugar without being damaging. Similarly, natural sweeteners are sweet without sugar--meaning you get the benefits without the harm!
- Drink plenty of water. Water is essential to our day to day lives and is linked to nearly all the functions in our body--including detoxing by flushing sugar out of your system. By flushing out and detoxing your body, it helps you stay healthy and ready for another day!
Remember, this doesn't mean you have to cut out all forms of sugar from your diet. Natural sugars found in fruits and vegetables are not the same as the refined sugars found in processed foods. These natural sugars are actually good for you and can help boost your immunity. So next time you're feeling tempted to reach for a sugary snack, opt for an apple or a carrot instead. Your body will thank you!
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Do you have any other tips for avoiding sugar? Share them with us in the comments below! And be sure to check out our other blog posts on health and wellness.