You know it’s hard not to indulge in a little sweetness this time of year (October 31 through January 1). Unfortunately, too much sugar compromises our immune system’s ability to keep us healthy. It also feeds the bad bacteria in the gut, where most of the immune system is located. This leaves us more vulnerable to digestive problems. Could this be one reason we see more illness this time of year? Here are my recommendations for protecting your immune system so that you can enjoy the holiday season even more!
1. Eat a little sugar, not a lot! Make your own goodies as often as possible.
2. Read labels on packaged candy. Opt for those without artificial colors and flavors. Never (or hardly ever) eat those containing hydrogenated fats or partially hydrogenated fats.
3. Avoid those made with high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS).
4. What’s left? Chocolate (especially dark–70% or more), nuts (protein helps balance blood sugar), and hard candies made with colors from fruits and vegetables instead of toxic chemicals.
5. Have a family tea time at the end of the day to help unwind from sugar overload. Chamomile, peppermint, ginger, and slippery elm may help ease digestive distress, and passionflower can help calm the mind.
6. Fortify your immune system with a good probiotic.
Before and after you indulge, consider taking a probiotic to help populate your gut with friendly bacteria. This will help protect the body from infections and allergic responses. I recommend Probiotic Eleven Capsules. Make this a staple in your holiday travel bag. At the first sign of digestive trouble, take a few capsules. They can also be opened and mixed with food or water and are tasteless. For those who prefer a yummy tasting chewable, Sunshine Heroes Probiotic Power is an excellent formula, designed with children in mind. It not only contains eleven strains of beneficial bacteria, but also is an antioxidant blend of mangosteen, cranberry, broccoli, spinach, asparagus, carrot, tomato, acai fruit, pomegranate, white grape, apple, pear, orange, pineapple, cherry, strawberry and blueberry fruit concentrates, and amino acids. Both of these products can be ordered at www.learningtobehealthy.mynsp.com.
Keep learning to be healthy!
Lisa Hernandez, Certified Nutritionist
1 Corinthians 10:31–“Whatever you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for God’s glory!”