Sugar and immunity

Sugar and immunity

Our immune system becomes activated when a foreign material invades it, such as a microbe, plant pollen or a chemical. This often triggers a process called inflammation. This is a part of the body’s natural healing process. Chronic inflammation can cause several chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, depression, cancer and others.

Consuming too much added sugars and refined carbohydrates is linked with elevated inflammation. It also leads to increased insulin resistance, LDL cholesterol, inflammatory markers, and weight gain.

To reduce inflammation and the risk of chronic diseases, diet has a noticeable effect on the physical and emotional health. So, the cure comes from the grocery store not the pharmacy.

Here is what you can do:

  • Reduce the consumption of processed foods high in added sugars and refined carbohydrates, fried foods, sugary drinks processed food and saturated and trans fats
  • Include whole foods and anti-inflammatory foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables, raw nuts, fatty fish, olive oil and coffee which is rich in polyphenols and other anti-inflammatory compounds.
  • Exercise regularly and manage the stress levels

A healthy diet and lifestyle are very beneficial not only for reducing the risk of chronic diseases, but also for improving mood and overall quality of life.