The Worst Food Ingredient For Your Immune System
Our immune system is complex, important and incredible! It’s the central checkpoint for protecting us from things that want to harm us – germs and disease. Our immune system takes the gut punch and fights back! And these threats can come externally or internally.
To stimulate immune function and make it work the best it can, we have to fuel up. Feeding our bodies the nutrients it needs to operate will help it fight for us. Eat mostly whole, minimally processed foods and good amounts of complete protein to support white blood cells and stimulate good immune responses.
So of all the food items you may eat, what’s the worst food ingredient? It’s one of the main things that can distract an otherwise healthy immune system.
If you are at all familiar with nutrition, wellness or just healthy living in general, you may have some clue one what the answer is.
High blood sugar is a culprit of insulin resistance leading to obesity and diabetes. Elevated blood sugar levels also increase inflammation in the body. This puts pressure on your immune system to jump in and solve the problem by controlling and repairing the damage.
If you’ve been diagnosed as prediabetic or even diabetic, it doesn’t have to be forever. The effects of insulin resistance can be reversed with some easy changes!
So what do you do?
Well, being mindful of how much sugar you take in is a good start. Eliminating excess sugar from your diet is a great way to reverse the impacts of high blood sugar and improve your immune system.
You may be thinking, “Well, I don’t have a sweet tooth and I don’t eat a lot of sweets!”
But this is where some people get tripped up. Because it doesn’t just mean cutting out the sweets….
Sugar hides everywhere! And carbohydrate-rich food is also a culprit in increasing blood sugar levels. Having too many simple carbs like bread, pasta, rice, and some fruits and juices can have a huge impact on your body.
Also, some common pantry staples – ketchup, barbecue sauce, salad dressing – have added sugar. This also goes for other ultra processed foods – even the ones labeled as “healthy”. (Think cereal, yogurt, protein bars, or other snack bars.) Take a look at the food items in your kitchen and notice what’s in it.
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