You may have another reason to kick that soda or candy habit for good!
Sugar can temporarily weaken your immune system. Here's how that happens:
Keeping your immune system strong can feel like a lot of work. Committing to an exercise routine, good sleep habits, taking nutritional supplements, managing stress and good nutrition - is no small feat, but is well worth your time and effort when it comes to staying healthy.
But what if all of your well meaning efforts on any given day could be undone just by eating one certain food?
If your sweet tooth has emerged with a vengeance as a result of working from home, or is a newly formed sugar habit, listen up. According to nutrition studies and health experts, you might want to rethink your sugar habit.
Too much sugar in your system allows bacteria or viruses to propagate much more, because your initial innate system doesn't work as well. That's why diabetics, for example, have more infections.
Keep reading below to find out exactly how sugar affects your immune system, what science has to say on the subject, and how much sugar it takes to create negative effects.
How does sugar affect your immune system?
Donuts and cupcakes are tempting treats, but contain more sugar than you should eat or drink in a day.
Besides being a driver behind other chronic health conditions like diabetes and heart disease, sugar consumption affects your body's ability to fight off viruses and other infections in your body.
Do you that your body needs certain cells to fight off infections?
White blood cells, also known as "killer cells," are highly affected by sugar consumption. Sugar hinders the immune system since white blood cells are not able to do their job and destroy bad bacteria or viruses, as well as when someone does not eat sugar.
Another study showed that high blood sugar affects infection-fighting mechanisms in diabetics. High-sugar diets are linked to Type 2 diabetes and high sugar consumption can lead to diabetes - a condition that is associated with a higher risk of serious complications from COVID-19.
How much sugar does it take to weaken your immune response?
It takes about 75 grams of sugar to weaken the immune syst