Fall weather is here! That means colder weather, leaves changing colors, and of course sweater weather! But with the coming of fall it’s important to also stay healthy and sick free because cold and flu season is also approaching us. Here’s a list of foods to avoid that can lower our immune system:
- Sugar: Too much sugar is already bad for the body and it’s also a zero-nutritient substance that has been shown to corrode our teeth and brains. Having a high blood sugar level also greatly reduces the ability of germ-fighting white blood cells which kills the foreign pathogens in our body that could be potentially harmful to us. Instead of eating the processed sugar from sweets this holiday season, try to eat foods that are high in fiber like brown rice, lentils, chickpeas. These foods will also help stabilize your blood sugar level and keep your immune system in check.
- Cereal and White Bread: simple carbs like this contribute to the increase in the amount of sugar found in our daily diets. These refined grains quickly convert to glucose in our body when they are digested. Instead of white bread and pasta try foods like quinoa or oats with bananas.
- Fatty Foods: Our fatty food sources are coming from our fried foods. There’s plenty of reason to cut these foods out of your diet. High-Fat diets negatively affect our body response to infection meaning that our body won’t be well prepared for when a foreign invader enter in our body and in turn that lowers our body’s immunity.
- Alcohol: Alcohol impairs the immune system and interferes with the body’s ability to fight off infection. There have been studies that proven that excess alcohol consumption can lead to immune deficiency and increase susceptibility to certain diseases.
These are just some of the things to avoid eating this cold and flu season to keep your immune system in tip-top shape.
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