The end of summer not only indicates the beginning of a new school year, it also marks the beginning of flu season. We know some of you may still be battling the summer heat, but the flu has already struck many. With kids back in school and germs spreading quicker than ever, you’ll want to make sure you’re doing everything possible to keep your immune system healthy and avoid getting sick; even avoiding certain food items.
This week on Yahoo! Health, I found an article that could help prevent many of us from getting sick this year, “5 Foods That Break Down Your Immune System.”1
1. Sugar – We all know that sugar puts you at risk for many health concerns including heart disease, obesity, and diabetes, but it also affects your immune system health. According to Susan Levin, director of nutrition education at Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, high levels of sugar in the blood can also reduce the ability of germ-fighting, white blood cells to fight off bacteria and viruses. Thus, consuming refined and processed foods that are known to contain lots of added sugars during flu season could have a huge impact on your immune system.
2. Cereal and White Bread – These simple carbs are high in refined grains and sugar which, as we just learned, greatly decreases your body’s ability to fight off germs. The problem is most American’s are living off simple carbs such as cereal, bagel, crackers and refined grains adding to their high sugar intake. According to the American Heart Association, Americans consume about 20 teaspoons of sugar per day.
3. Fatty Foods – Not only are high-fat, fried foods bad for your heart and a contributor to obesity, they also affect your body’s response to infection. A couple of researchers have found that obesity and high-fat diets “depress host resistance to infectious disease and apparently influence susceptibility to some forms of cancer.” Yet, another reason to stop eating fast-food.
4. Alcohol – I know most of us enjoy having a glass or two of wine every now and then, however, studies have shown that excess alcohol consumption can lower immune function and increase your susceptibility to certain diseases. It’s recommended that you decrease alcohol consumption during flu season.
5. Dairy – Dairy products such as yogurt, milk and ice cream are known to have high amounts of sugar that can decrease immune function. Plus, dairy products have been linked to respiratory health and can exacerbate clogging of the lungs, which can make phlegm thicker and more irritating.
You can check out the full article on www.yahoo.com/health.
Some of the food items on this list should be avoided at all costs; such as sugar. Additionally, you always should consume foods that are high in Vitamin C and antioxidants to boost your immune system; such as lean beef, mushrooms, and berries. Make sure you always gave a supply of immune-boosting antioxidants handy and keep some SaXi™ Super Juice stick packs handy! SaXi™ Super Juice contains a dose of New Zealand Blackcurrants, known for their high antioxidant count.
When fight off germs and the flu this season, prevention is the key!
Youngevity Marketing Team