What Sugar & Sweets Do to Your Immune System

Put down the brownie! 

Seriously…they are so, so yummy. However, the sugar and the processed junk in them - including the flour and processed sugar in your homemade brownies - will weaken your immune system.  

Store-bought brownies are even worse! Yuck! 

I know that comfort foods are usually junk foods, and who doesn’t crave some comfort right now? 

But…

You NEED a strong immune system. 

This is always the case, but it’s more important now than ever before. 

Sugar Puts Your Immune System Cells in Time Out 

Sweets like brownies spike your blood sugar level. This creates an environment that viruses and other harmful microbes absolutely love. They thrive in these conditions. 

They also decrease the immune response.  

The immune system cells attack viruses and bacteria. That’s their game. They hate increased sugar levels. When you down a couple of sugary drinks, or a brownie, they get benched for at least a few hours. 

The Killer Combo: Malnourishment & Obesity 

If you keep filling your belly with more sugar and processed junk, you will become malnourished. Malnourishment isn’t just for the starving and underweight (God Bless Them). Many overweight people are deficient in essential nutrients too. 

In fact, in a world full of processed foods and refined sugars, obesity and malnutrition go hand-in-hand. 

Your Food Can Be Poison or Medicine for Your Immune System 

Nutrients like vitamin A, vitamin C and zinc are crucial for a strong and healthy immune system. You can get all of them through supplements or food. 

In my humble opinion as a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, it is more effective to use food as your medicine and get the required nutrients from your food.  

Foods Rich in Vitamin A 

Good food sources of vitamin A are animal proteins, liver, eggs and fish. If meats aren’t your thing, you can get plenty of vitamin A in orange sweet potatoes, squash, carrots, spinach, kale, dried apricots, melon, spring greens, and more. Google it! 

Foods Rich in Vitamin C 

Vitamin C is an essential fuel for your immune system. Humans actually used to manufacture megadoses of it in their bodies, especially if their health was under attack. Most plants and animals still do this. Exceptions include bats, guinea pigs, and domestic dogs and cats. Some researchers speculate that this could be the reason so many wild animals don’t suffer from many diseases like people do.  

Foods that give you vitamin C are: 

  • Citrus fruit
  • Broccoli
  • Kale
  • Cauliflower
  • Bell pepper (green or yellow)
  • Cantaloupe
  • Strawberry
  • Kiwi
  • Most plant-based foods 

You need about 8-10 servings of vitamin C per day. This loosely translates to 4-5 PACKED cups of fruits and vegetables. 

Foods Rich in Zinc 

Zinc is most plentiful in oysters. Personally, yuck (again). 

Oysters are not in every grocery store, especially now. 

Luckily, zinc is also available in meats, shellfish, nuts, seeds, eggs and… 

drum roll please…

Dark chocolate. 

I don’t mean candy bars. Those aren’t even real chocolate. I mean bitter, real, dark chocolate with no added flavors or added sugars. If you get your hands on real chocolate, limit yourself to one section per day.  

Dark chocolate also has magnesium in it. Magnesium is good for the nervous system, and it helps keep you regular if you know what I mean. 

Cooking Spices for Your Immune System 

The weird times we’re in provide a great opportunity to cook at home and eat well. Don’t forget to add herbs and spices to make things interesting.  

Some good spices to fight viruses and help your immune system are: 

  • Ginger
  • Garlic
  • Rosemary
  • Chili pepper
  • Oregano 

Flavoring your food with antiviral spices is a win-win! 

Don’t Forget the Turmeric 

Turmeric contains antioxidants called curcuminoids. The most well-known curcuminoid is called curcumin. They neutralize free radicals that cause aging and that make you more vulnerable to illnesses. Curcuminoids help your immune system in other ways, too. 

When I said it’s best to get your nutrients from food sources, I was overgeneralizing. 

The turmeric on your spice rack contains curcuminoids, but you never know how much you’re going to get from it. It’s just not standardized for these antioxidants. 

If you want to be sure of how much of these compounds you’re getting, then you need a supplement that is standardized for curcumin and the other curcuminoids. 

Shreem Brzee Turmeric is an organic supplement made by Nambu Botanicals. It is a turmeric extract that is standardized to contain 95% curcuminoids. It retains the essence of turmeric in concentrated form. You can be sure you’re getting a higher dose of these powerful antioxidants than you normally would if you picked up some ground turmeric at the store and threw it in a stew or a curry. 

 

Tip: The best way to maximize your curcuminoid intake is to take Shreem Brzee Turmeric with a food that contains fat. This will multiply the curcuminoids your body absorbs and uses to keep you healthy.  

LEARN MORE ABOUT SHREEM BRZEE TURMERIC 

What Makes Shreem Brzee Stand Out from Other Turmeric Extract Supplements?

In accordance with ancient Ayurveda and Siddha Medicine tradition, Nambu Botanicals infuses Shreem Brzee Turmeric with sacred sounds. This turmeric extract is infused with the prosperity mantra, Shreem Brzee. Lakshmi is the Goddess behind both turmeric and the Shreem Brzee mantra. Lakshmi is said to dissolve poverty consciousness and help us attract abundance. 

This is why Dr. Pillai founded Nambu Botanicals. He wanted to revive this lost art that used to be so integral to Siddha Medicine. 

LEARN MORE ABOUT SHREEM BRZEE TURMERIC 

That’s it for now. I’ll be back with more tips on how not only to survive - but thrive - during social- distancing.

Keep safe and healthy, everyone!

Cheers, 

Lorelei Bearss RHN, for Nambu Botanicals