by Leré Robinson, Star Sapphire Director and Nutrition Consultant
With the sugar frenzy in North America at the end of October, I thought it would be fitting to take a quick look at sugar, an addictive substance found in all man-made, processed
foods. It’s in everything!
The more you eat, the more you want! The average American consumes 48 teaspoons of sugar (194 g) daily. Current recommendations from The World Health Organization (WHO) recommend reducing our daily sugar intake to less than 25 g.
Refined sugar is not your friend. It causes your blood sugar to spike, promotes fat storage around your tummy and suppresses the immune system.
Have a sweet tooth? Opt for raw fruits like berries, apples, pears and homemade date balls instead of candy.
Eat More Raw Foods to Boost the Immune System
The stronger your immune system, the better chance your body has to resist and fight disease. A diet high in raw, alkaline foods is of extreme importance for proper immune function. Here are three things that you can do on a daily basis to keep healthy:
- Drink freshly extracted juices. My personal favorite is the AIM Garden Trio andLeafGreens.
- Enjoy a raw salad as a meal with a variety of greens, red, yellow and orange bell peppers, cucumbers, avocado and other raw veggies or try eating something raw before each meal.
- Consider a smoothie with raw fruits, good fats, fiber and a plant-based vegan protein powder like ProPeas. It’s such an awesome way to get pre-digested nutrition into the body. And no other protein powder beats ProPeas.
Try Not to Neglect the Good Fats
Make it your goal to consume at least one of these foods a day: salmon, mackerel, herring, sardines, trout, nuts and seeds, avocado, chia, flax and hemp seeds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, olives and cold-pressed olive oil.
When the body doesn’t get the correct essential fatty acids, it cannot make hormones called prostaglandins, which help regulate inflammation in the body. A deficiency in prostaglandins can lead to a breakdown in the immune system.
And remember, laughter, joy and peace boost the immune system, so make all three daily experiences.