You’ve heard it before… “winter is flu season!” or “bundle up or you’ll get a cold!” But what is the link between cold weather and high trends of viral and bacterial infections? The truth is, there really isn’t one. Bacteria multiply in warm, moist environments, and viruses just need a live host – so what is lowering our immune system response?
According to a study done by Loma Linda University, after consuming 100 grams of sugar (approximately 1 liter of soda) your white blood cells are 40 percent less effective at killing germs, which can compromise your immune system for up to 5 hours! Consider also that flu season extends from October to April – The same string of months that the United States celebrates holidays with high density sugar foods – Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, Valentine’s Day and Easter. This holiday splurge of sweets has led to an accepted, yearly epidemic which is shrugged off as “Cold and Flue Season”, a regular and unstoppable season of sickness.
Stillpoint Family Chiropractic doesn’t expect or ask of anyone to give up sugar completely, but we do believe in educating the public, and that we are called to act as stewards of our bodies. This holiday season, be responsible with your sugar consumption, love yourself for it, and notice the difference in your health. Lastly, consider taking some immune boosting supplements from SFC in your daily regimen, like Banjo Organic’s Elderberry Syrup or Standard Process’s Congaplex, Immuplex, or Thymex.
For more information about the impact of sugar on your health visit: http://alternativehealthatlanta.com/immune-system/sugar-and-your-immune-system/
Yours in Health,
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