Searching for a solution, I did a little bit of research on how to boost my immunity and was surprised to find that sugar consumption can weaken the immune system. Here is a really eye-opening article I found. My eyebrows went up in particular over this:
We know that glucose and vitamin C have similar chemical structures, so what happens when the sugar levels go up? They compete for one another upon entering the cells. And the thing that mediates the entry of glucose into the cells is the same thing that mediates the entry of vitamin C into the cells. If there is more glucose around, there is going to be less vitamin C allowed into the cell. It doesn't take much: a blood sugar value of 120 reduces the phagocytic index by 75%. So when you eat sugar, think of your immune system slowing down to a crawl.I have now made it through 4 whole days without eating any white sugar or high fructose corn syrup. And I am determined to make it through the whole rest of May.
Let the sugar fast begin! Want to join me? It has not been bad so far, and you can still use real maple syrup, and maybe a little honey....
P.S. Blogger is for some reason causing irritating spacing in my posts. Bear with me... one of these days I will figure it out.