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Why You Need to Eliminate Sugar to Boost Your Immunity

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Eating too much sugar can negatively affect your brain and body, including increased risk for cavities, weight gain, cognitive decline, and increased risk for disease.

Mark Hyman, MD ~

Some Americans consume over three-quarters of a pound of sugar and flour (that converts to sugar) daily. This amounts to “a pharmacologic dose our bodies were not designed to handle.”

Eliminating Sugar in Your Diet Can Boost Your Immunity

Sugar impacts your health and immune system in many negative ways.

  • When you eat large amounts of sugar, you raise blood sugar.
  • Insulin helps normalize those blood sugar levels, but over time your cells become insulin resistant, which leads to type 2 diabetes and all its complications including impairing the immune system.
  • Sugar can also increase cravings. Eating a little sugar can leave you wanting more. In fact, sugar might be more addictive than cocaine. Other studies show sugar can trigger depression.
  • Sugary, processed foods can also deplete nutrients from other foods and increase inflammation, a culprit for nearly every disease.

Simply put, one of the most powerful things you can do to boost the immune system is minimize sugar intake.

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7 Ways To Minimize Sugar Intake

01. Shop the Outer Isles

Many foods high in sugar lurk within the center aisles of your grocery store.

02. Know Where Sugar Hides

About 74 percent of packaged products contain added sugar! Read ingredients. There are 61 names for sugar.

03. Be Wary of Processed Foods with Health Claims

Despite their healthy image, many are packed with sugar. Again: Read ingredients.

04. Prepare Your Own Meals

Pre-packaged meals and store-bought dinners often contain more sugar than you might realize.

05. Learn to Appreciate Naturally Sweet Foods

Almonds, berries, and even leafy greens can more healthily satisfy your sweet tooth.

06. Curb Your Sweet Tooth With This Trick

L-glutamine, a multitasking amino acid, can curb your sweet tooth. L-glutamine powder mixes well into your protein smoothie or a glass of water.

07. Optimize Immune-Supporting Nutrients

Eating a whole, unprocessed foods diet can provide these nutrients to optimize immune function. Talk with your healthcare professional about specific nutrients to support immunity.

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