Sugar is an enemy of the immune system because it leads to inflammation and nutrient deficiencies. Sugar can also cause spikes in insulin, leading to a release of cortisol and other stress hormones. And high levels of these hormones make you more susceptible to infections and illnesses.
Taking Care of Your Body
The first step? Put down that sweet tea or sugary cereal, and start cutting out those sugary snacks. Drink plenty of water instead to stay hydrated and avoid those sugar highs!
Next, start changing your diet. Aim for lots of fruits and vegetables, as well as healthy fats like olive oil, nuts, seeds, and avocados (if you can!). These foods will give your body the nutrients it needs to combat inflammation.
They will also help your body fight off any potential invaders—especially if they’re prepared with ingredients like herbs and spices which contain many anti-inflammatory compounds.
Get moving! Exercise is also important for activating white blood cells so they can better fight off infections. While it’s best not to overdo it on exercise, try adding some moderate activity into your routine every day—even just 20 minutes morning or evening can provide a boost!