Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Day 37-Nutritional Bite

In the 1970's, Linus Pauling realized that white blood cells need a high dose of vitamin C. As a result of his findings, he concluded the theory -- a person needs high doses of vitamin C to combat the common cold. Glucose and vitamin C have similar chemical structures and both compete for entrance into the cells. If there is more glucose in the body, less vitamin C will be allowed into the cell.  The body doesn't need much glucose to suppress the immune system; a blood sugar value of 120 reduces the phagocytic index by 75%. As you consume sugar, think of your immune system slowing down to a crawl.
Sugar Preacher's Experience
When I am following a refined sugar diet, my immune system slows down, and I am more susceptible to the common cold. Eating a healthy diet with more fruits or vegetables will delay the onset of a common cold for several years (my experience). If you are sick frequently, combat the common cold by reducing your refined sugar intake and increasing your Vitamin C intake.

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