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This Is The Real Reason You Get Colds and Flu Every Year

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There is only one reason you get a cold or the flu -- just one. It is not because someone coughed or sneezed on you, or because a co-worker came to work sick. The only reason you get colds and flu every year is due to a weakened or compromised, immune system. There is no other reason on earth to get the flu or catch a bug than to have an immune system that is taxed and run down.


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Your Immune System Is Your Greatest Ally

There are many things that compromise your immune system, certainly, stress is one of them, but one of the biggest compromises of the immune system is your diet. Sugar – the refined kind, as well as other simple carbohydrates (except fruits and honey) depress the immune system, and if you’re eating too much of the refined stuff, you just may be a hotbed for the “guaranteed” colds and flu of the winter season that the media has warned you about.

You should Never “Expect to Get A Cold Or The Flu

Contrary to what you hear on the news, you should never “expect” that you will get a cold for flu during the winter months, especially if you are making proper lifestyle choices that include in large part, a proper, well-nourished diet.

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Sugars Effect On The Immune System Is Undisputed To This Day

An undisputed 1973 study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition was designed to test a) whether carbohydrates other than glucose decreased the number of cells that protect the body (phagocytes) or decreased white blood cells (neutrophils) in normal human subjects, b) the duration of this effect, and c) the effect of fasting on neutrophilic phagocytosis.

Blood was drawn from the arm of subjects after an overnight fast and at 30 minutes, 1, 2, 3, or 5 hours after a meal, and was incubated with a suspension of Staphylococcus epidermidis. The phagocytic index (mean number of bacteria viewed within each neutrophil) was determined by microscopic examination of slides prepared with Wright's stain.

Oral 100-gram portions of carbohydrate from glucose, fructose, sucrose, honey, or orange juice all significantly decreased the capacity of protective white blood cells (neutrophils) to engulf bacteria as measured by the slide technique. Starch ingestion did not have this effect. The decrease in the phagocytic index was rapid following the ingestion of simple carbohydrates. The greatest effects occurred between 1 and 2 hours after eating, but the values were still significantly below the fasting control values 5 hours after feeding. The decreased phagocytic index was not significantly associated with the number of neutrophils.

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Sugar Depresses The Immune System

The data suggested that the function and not the number of phagocytes (cells that protect the body) was altered by the ingestion of sugar. This implicates glucose and other simple carbohydrates in the control of phagocytosis and shows that the effects last for at least 5 hours. On the other hand, a fast of 36 or 60 hours significantly increased the protective cells or phagocytic index.

The Flu Has A Season For A Reason

Fortunately, government data shows on average, that Americans' total consumption of caloric sweeteners like refined cane sugar and high-fructose corn syrup is down 15 percent from its peak in 1999... But that level is still higher than the 87 grams Americans consumed on average in 1970.

That being said, the Standard American Diet and the fast and processed foods and drinks Americans consume more and more of every day, not only creates deficiencies of vital immune-boosting vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C and zinc, which boost immune system function, they work against the body’s processes slowly and gradually to depress a struggling immune system.

Additionally, for most Americans, refined sugar intake increases during the winter months, especially from Halloween through to Valentines Day. This increase is the reason colds and flu have a season.

Nothing Can Penetrate A Strong Immune System

Your immune system is your only protection against the outside world. When it comes to avoiding colds and flu nothing can penetrate a strong immune system. To keep it strong, eliminate simple carbohydrates such as milk and milk products, sugary drinks and processed foods, especially those that contain high fructose corn syrup and refined sugars from your diet. Replace these with nourishing foods that protect and strengthen the immune system, such high amounts of fresh and (preferably organic) fruits, vegetables, and raw honey, since organic raw honey is highly medicinal as well as both antiviral and antibacterial. You just may find that you may never need OTC cold or flu remedies ever again.