FACT OR FICTION: Did you know that although sugar has only 15 calories in one teaspoon, it’s not the calories that are the problem?
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The number of people suffering from asthma continues to grow each year. Much of your immune system, which controls in part your reaction to foreign proteins or allergens, is regulated and controlled in your gut. One of the reasons that scientists have theorized is partly responsible for the rise in asthma is the excessive level of hygiene practiced in the U.S.
Exposure to environments rich in microbes has a protective effect on your body against asthma and even allergic reactions. Initial studies have been done in laboratory animals and are now going into the human trial stage.
Daily Health Tip
The idea that many practice excessive hygiene isn’t new. Antibacterial soaps, all the rage in many homes, are in part responsible for the outbreak of bacterial resistance and the downfall of many antibiotics.
Your ability to fight infections and allergens is related to your gut microbiome and exposure to bacteria that build your immune response. Living in a totally germ free environment only increases your risk of illness and disease, as opposed to housecleaner commercials that promise to wipe out 99.9% of the germs on your counters and floors.
Build your gut microbiome by making smart food choices and improve your immune system by using plain soap and water to wash your hands and white vinegar and baking soda to clean your home. By reducing your exposure to toxic chemicals you also support an already stress immune system.
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Fact or Fiction?
Did you know that although sugar has only 15 calories in one teaspoon, it’s not the calories that are the problem?
Although vilified in the media today for increasing the number of calories in your food, white sugar really only has 15 calories in a teaspoon, which can be easily burned off. But the problems with sugar are not in the calories but rather in the reaction the body has to the sugar. Increasing amounts of sugar in processed foods spikes your blood sugar, raises your insulin levels, increases the amount inflammation in the body and triggers diseases like diabetes, heart disease, stroke and immune system problems. What we once thought was a problem with fat, is really a problem with an overabundance of sugar in the diet.
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Your Healthy Life America Team