Immunity and Sugar?

After the year we’ve had, immunity is at the top of everyone’s mind. So much so that we might forget things like diet and nutrition are huge factors in making sure our natural immunity is working to the best of its ability. I’m sure you can guess what’s coming next… but sugar is one of those things that can greatly affect immunity. 

The full definition of immunity, according to Webster himself is as follows:

The quality or state of being immune especially: a condition of being able to resist a particular disease especially through preventing development of a pathogenic microorganism or by counteracting the effects of its products.

A research study done by Loma Linda University found that immune function decreases for hours after sugar is consumed. It found that the effectiveness of white blood cells (our immune cells which fight infection) decreased up to 50% after 1-2 hours of eating sugar, lasting up to five hours! During a time when immunity really is everything, it’s important to understand how something as small as sugar can have a huge impact. 

Foods that significantly raise blood sugar, such as those high in added sugars, can also cause inflammation in the body and affect your body’s natural sleep and wake cycles, which negatively affects immune function.

According to Dr. Mark Hyman’s book Food: What the Heck Should I Eat?, “Some estimates from US government surveys say that the average American consumes 152 pounds of sugar and about 133 pounds of flour [which convert to sugar] annually. That’s more than a third of a pound per person per day.” 

That is what we at Sweetkick like to call: Too Much Sugar! 

"Too much sugar in your system allows the bacteria or viruses to propagate much more because your initial innate system doesn't work as well. That's why diabetics, for example, have more infections," Dr. Michael Roizen, MD and COO of the Cleveland Clinic told CNET. 

So what should we do? We should limit our intake of added sugars - whether those sugars be in beverages, processed foods, carbohydrates or candies. And how do we do that? 

We start by kicking those pesky sugar cravings to the curb. Our Sugar Control Tablets are formulated with Gymnema, a powerful herb that removes the taste of sweetness before cravings hit. Paired with our Body Balance Powder, we’ll help you tackle sugar cravings and improve your health everyday thanks to our clinically proven vegan, prebiotic fiber blend that supports and maintains blood sugar levels.

Not only will your overall health increase - we’re talking sleep, weight loss, quality of life - but your immune system response will be that much stronger. It’s important to stay healthy now more than ever, so give yourself that added level of protection with a strong, healthy and sugar free body.