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Foods That Compromise Your Immune System

Subject: Foods That Compromise Your Immune System

Series 4


In yesterday’s email/blog

, we learned some scientifically

based immune boosters.

Today, we’ll show you some foods to avoid because

they actually harm your immune system response.

Studies have shown that spikes in sugar level can

suppress your immune system, and when your immune

system is suppressed, you’re more likely to become


Consuming foods high in sugar or carbohydrates – which

your body processes into sugars – may be reducing

your body’s ability to fight off invaders.

Here are some definite No-No’s if you’re looking

to boost your immune system:

•Sodas: There are about 40 grams of sugar in a

12-ounce soda. That’s more than the amount of sugar

a man should be getting daily (36 grams) and way

more than what women should be getting (25 grams).

Even sugarless sodas contain harmful chemicals

like artificial sweeteners and phosphoric acid,

which are both bad for your body even if they

don’t affect the immune system.

•Processed Foods: Processed, simple sugars can

reduce your white blood cells’ ability to fight

off invaders.

They also may increase inflammatory markers like

cortisol. High sodium may have a similar effect.

Saturated fats, which have been proven to be

inflammatory may change immune cell membranes,

thus reducing their ability to function.

Omega-6 fatty acids increase inflammation, though

the jury is still out on how much they affect

the immune system.

•Anything High in Sugar: It’s not just sodas that

contain high levels of sugar. Fruit juices or dried

fruits can also give you a sugar spike that affects

your immune system.

And adding sugar to your coffee or tea can give

the same effect, along with the diuretic effect

of the caffeine which we talked about in an earlier


Let’s not even think about desserts …

•Refined Carbohydrates: These are sugars and refined

grains that have been stripped of all bran, fiber,

and nutrients.

Just thinking about that tells you they must be bad

for you, doesn’t it?

Examples of refined carbohydrates include white bread,

flour, and rice, pizza dough, pasta, pastries, most

sweet desserts and most breakfast cereals.

These foods contain sugars that have already been

broken down into their simplest forms, which means

your body doesn’t even need to digest them to get

that sugar spike.

•Alcoholic Beverages: Alcohol slows the immune

system, making your white blood cells sluggish and

far less effective.

moderation is the key.

Heavy drinkers, in fact, may be far more likely to

succumb to illnesses like tuberculosis or pneumonia,

and are at increased risk for developing some types

of cancer.

In tomorrow’s email, we’ll look at some foods that

actually boost your immune system instead of reducing

its effectiveness.


We have 1 life 1 body love it honor it.

Until then,

Much Love

Marie Jane MJ

"The Beauty Alchemist"


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