Yesterday, on Instagram and Facebook, I asked how many of you were interested in learning more information on the reason why we get sick this time of year. I said we are wrong for calling this time of year cold and flu season because it’s actually sugar season!
First of all, let’s talk about what kind of sugar I’m referring to. I’m not talking about the kinds of sugar we find in apples, oranges, bananas, and other fruit. I’m talking about the extra loads of sugar we find in apple pie, caramel popcorn, and holiday chocolates.
WebMD says, “Eating or drinking too much sugar curbs immune system cells that attack bacteria. This effect lasts for at least a few hours after downing a couple of sugary drinks.”
Basically, when you eat or drink too much sugar your immune system shuts down for a few hours. If you’re exposed to ailment or disease during this time you’re much more likely to catch it. Crazy, right?
Think about it. The time from Halloween to Valentine’s Day is considered cold and flu season. Between Halloween and Valentine’s Day we have SO MANY sweets and desserts. There are neighborhood gatherings, work parties, family traditions, and so many other reasons to indulge a little more than normal.
I’m definitely not saying to quit eating sugar altogether. Let’s be real, a girl’s gotta have that homemade pumpkin pie every once in a while! However, I am saying to be cautious about where you are and what you’re eating. Take into consideration that eating excess sugar may increase your likelihood of picking up an illness. And who wants to miss a holiday party? NOT THIS GIRL.