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Sugar affects your immune system

Sugar affects your immune system

It is the Easter holidays. A time many of us will surely be enjoying chocolate or something sugary. But, how does sugar affects your immune system?

An extreme intake of sugar affects your immune system, preventing the white blood cells from attacking bacteria. It also affects your hormones, and digestive tract, causing a leaky gut.

Leaky Gut

This is when toxins leak through the intestinal walls and into the bloodstream.

Sugar weakens your immune system for several hours. Over time it can trigger inflammation in the body.

I have been investigating gluten-free and dairy-free chocolate, only to discover how much sugar there is in some of these chocolates.

Having reduced our sugar intake at home I am still wary of the alternatives, and so where possible limit the amount.

Some of the alternatives that we use as sweeteners are ~

  • Fruit/Berries
  • Honey
  • Dates
  • Cacao nibs
  • Dates
  • Coconut Sugar
  • Maple Syrup

For other alternatives click here Healthline.com

Sugar and Vitamin C

Most compelling evidence from research in the 1970s has shown that sugar affects the absorption of vitamin C. Their structure is very similar and enter your cells in the same way. It is important to keep an eye on the sugars that are also in your supplements.

A healthy balanced lifestyle will support your immune system.

Other times sugar intake is increased is when someone is stressed or have a craving.

More than ever it is important to eat healthily, reduce sugar and hydrate your body.  That is to say, water will allow your kidneys to flush the toxins from your body. Equally important are high-quality supplements, exercise, yoga and meditation to release stress to bring inner peace, and sleeping well.

Hence, if you are having chocolate or sweets eat small amounts.

Have a wonderful Easter.


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Resources

Doctors warn that sugar can temporarily weaken your immune system (cnet.com)

Does quitting sugar heal autoimmune disease? | Hypothyroid Mom

How does sugar affect the immune system? A devastating path to sickness and death | Living Nutritionally Complete (immunefit.com)

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