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Monday, February 6, 2017

Avoiding Sugar for a Healthy Immune System

If you want to have a healthy immune system to improve the symptoms of an autoimmune disease, including myasthenia gravis, you must try to avoid certain foods, most notably—sugar.

Sugar

A recent U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) survey revealed that the average American consumes the equivalent of 160 pounds of sugar a year—that is, something like over 50-heaped teaspoons of sugar per person per day.

Avoid all white sugar, corn syrup, Aspartame and Nutrasweet©.

Sugar is one of the common toxic foods that stresses the immune system; it is not a health food by any stretch of imagination because it spells death in many ways:

Too much sugar may suppress your immune system and upset your body’s mineral balance, making it more acidic, which is the underlying cause of most disease.

Too much sugar consumption may cause blood sugar imbalance and food craving, leading to obesity.

Too much sugar may overburden your pancreas, rendering it incapable of clearing sugar from your blood efficiently. This sugar imbalance may potentially lead to diabetes.

Too much sugar intake may cause anxiety, irritability, nervous tension, and even depression due to depletion of your body’s B-complex vitamins and minerals, especially for those women progressing to menopause.

Too much sugar consumption may reduce your absorption of good cholesterol (HDLs), while increasing your bad cholesterol (LDLs).

Eating too much sugar is not healthy eating at all. Look at all food and drink labels before you consume them. Any food item loaded with sugar is bad for the immune system.
Unfortunately, sugar is hidden in almost all commercial processed foods and drinks, such as corn syrup, aspartame.

If you must have sugar in spite of its deadly potentials, consider the following alternatives for a healthy immune system:

Use apple or other sweet fruit juices for many recipes in cooking and deserts. Avoid juices made from “concentrate,” which have little or no nutritional value.

Use barley malt made from sprouted barley, or brown rice syrup in bakery.

Use blackstrap molasses, a by-product of sugar refining process, which contains calcium, iron, and B vitamins, and which has about a quarter of the calories of refined sugar.

Use dried fruit puree made from dried organic apricots, cranberries, dates, figs, and prunes not been treated with sulfur.

Use fresh carrot juice as a refreshing sweet drink.

Use maple syrup in cooking or as a sweetener. Maple syrup comes from sap of maple tree. Organic pure 100 percent maple syrup is a little expensive but highly recommended.

Use raisins as a sweetener with oatmeal and fruit salad.

Use stewed fruits as deserts.

Use sweet brown rice with raisins as a sweet-tasting meal or desert.
Use vanilla rice milk to replace milk and sugar in teas and cereals.

There are indeed many ways to avoid sugar in your cooking and diet. Wherever possible, do not include it to boost your immune system.

Stephen Lau

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