As I have mentioned many times before in other articles I have written, it is so important to have a healthy immune system. Now with this pandemic on the loose, now is the most important time to be internally strong!
Today I am not going to speak about how to strengthen your immune system, though I will leave links below. No, today I want to speak about what will weaken it. And please do take this seriously. There is no need to feel that your fear is being taken advantage of as this is only about providing you the education necessary to support you at this time.
This is not an advertorial, or a call to action to encourage sales. This is simply what you need to know to get through this time and the times we will all phase again in the future.
Can your food make you sick?
Let’s look at one of the key factors in the decline of your immune system.
SUGAR: Having spikes in sugar intake suppresses your immune system. When your immune system is compromised, you are more likely to get sick. If you eat a lot of foods and beverages high in sugar or refined carbohydrates, which the body processes as sugar, you may be reducing your body’s ability to ward off disease.
Other high selling products you might already have in your fridge or cupboards more than likely will be compromising your immune response, making infections more likely:
Foods and drinks high in sugar
Other compromising circumstances that can lead to a weakened immune system are;
Tobacco products: Earlier this month, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its Covid-19 recommendations to specifically target older adults and people with serious underlying medical conditions. They labeled this group as "higher risk."
However, another group of people could be particularly vulnerable to Covid-19 and hasn't received as much attention: people who smoke, vape or have substance use disorders.
Stress: When you are stressed, the immune system's ability to fight off antigens is reduced. That is why we are more susceptible to infections. The stress hormone corticosteroid (cortisol) can suppress the effectiveness of the immune system.
Recreational Drugs: Cocaine and other recreational drugs can actually weaken or compromise your immune system, meaning you could be more vulnerable to bugs and viruses.
If you’re young, the thought of catching coronavirus might not worry you so much – but I wouldn't be taking it too lightly, even if you are young – it’s important to think about the vulnerable people you will come into contact with.
Side Note: An autoimmune disease is a condition in which your immune system mistakenly attacks your body. The immune system normally guards against germs like bacteria and viruses. When it senses these foreign invaders, it sends out an army of fighter cells to attack them.
Normally, the immune system can tell the difference between foreign cells and your own cells.
In an autoimmune disease, the immune system mistakes part of your body, like your joints or skin, as foreign. It releases proteins called autoantibodies that attack healthy cells.
Some autoimmune diseases target only one organ. Type 1 diabetes damages the pancreas. Other diseases, like systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), affect the whole body.
Well known autoimmune diseases such as;
Type 1 diabetes,
Alternative: Eating a well-rounded diet high in fruits and vegetables will give your body the vitamins and minerals it needs to fight off illness. These foods help your body regulate and stabilize to work at peak performance. “Believe it or not, what you put in your mouth serves as one building block to a strong immune system.”
To go the extra mile in ensuring you do have a strong immune system, eating garlic and foods high in vitamin C helps ward off infection. The next time you reach for junk food, realize that you not only are affecting your weight, but you may be letting down your resistance to bacteria, viruses, and parasites.
Blood tests: blood tests can determine if you have normal levels of infection-fighting proteins (immunoglobulin) in your blood and measure the levels of blood cells and immune system cells.
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