Flu season is upon us and so is Halloween. Ever wonder why everyone starts getting sick in November? Maybe it has something to do with the change of season but what else happens around that time? Halloween candy happens.
According to Dr. Sears from the DOCTORS TV show, “A big dose of sugar can immediately suppress your immune system and make you more vulnerable to colds, flu and other infections”
Several years back, researchers at Loma Linda University gave volunteers 100 grams of sugar (20 teaspoons, roughly the amount in a liter of soda). The researchers then drew blood from the volunteers and mixed in some bacteria. They found that infection-fighting white blood cells from people who had just gorged on sugar gobbled up many fewer bacteria than those who had just fasted or eaten an unsweetened starch.
It is all over the literature- sugar compromises our body’s ability to defend against foreign invaders. Any wonder why colds and flus are rampant right after Halloween?
Just a thought to ponder this week.