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Holiday Sweets Can Weaken Immune System

TJ Williams, DC, PhD

By TJ Williams, DC, PhD

The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is upon us. Many of us will be going non-stop from now through the New Year. Holiday parties, family get-togethers and last minute shopping fill our calendars.

Most of us will indulge in at least two or three of the four “C’s” of the holiday season: cookies, cakes, candies, and cocktails. We will knowingly eat food that is not as healthy as it should be. And we will lie and say to ourselves: “It’s just this one time. I will eat healthy and exercise tomorrow to make up for it.” Each of us is guilty of this or we know someone who is.

Unfortunately, a lot of holiday food is full of sugar and increased sugar intake negatively impacts our immune system setting us up for sickness. When we combine the stresses of parties, shopping, and poor diet, we are creating the perfect storm for a cold or the flu to knock us down.

The negative impact to our immune system happens because sugar competes with vitamin C in our white blood cells (WBCs). Our WBCs help to destroy bacteria and viruses by eating them. In order for this process to happen, our WBCs need lots of vitamin C. When we eat more sugar, rather than having a WBC full of Vitamin C, we have a WBC full of sugar. When WBCs are full of sugar they cannot eat the bacteria or viruses we encounter, which means we have a decreased or weakened immune system.

One way to keep our immune system strong is to increase our intake of critical vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin C, Calcium, B Vitamins, and Zinc. If you are taking oral supplements, one thing to remember is that the form of the vitamin is extremely important. For example, powdered Vitamin C is not very absorbable whereas a Liposomal Vitamin C is extremely absorbable and it is the second most highly absorbable form of Vitamin C.

However, if you want the most highly absorbed form of Vitamin C, then that would be injectable Vitamin C. To keep yourself healthy during this busy and stressful time of year, an infusion of immune-boosting vitamins and minerals, Vitamin C, Calcium, B Vitamins and Zinc, may be just what you need.

If you would like more information regarding forms of vitamins and minerals or if you would like to visit our Infusion Bar to receive an immune boosting infusion to help you through the holiday season, feel free to stop by, call us, or visit our website.

We look forward to helping you have a happy and healthy holiday season.
To learn more, please call 314-293-8123 or visit www.theinstituteofnaturalhealth.com.

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