Sunday, November 05, 2006

24 Ounces of Soda Can Diminish the Immune System

As little as 24 ounces of soda for the average person is quite a bit of soda. But many people drink more than that on a regular basis - hence the 48 ounce super-gulpy mega drinks they serve at most fast food restaurants. But that amount of soda packs more than a few servings of sugar, and enough to send the immune system into a five hour coma.

The white blood cells need vitamin C to fight of infection, and both vitamin C and glucose use the same "entry portals" to get into the white blood cells. If your body is over-flowing with sugar, you are bound to have more glucose entering into your blood cells than vitamin C, and not helping your immune system fight off bacteria. In fact, the body's ability to fight off infection is reduced by at least 50% for around five hours, just by ingesting the amount of sugar in 24 oz. of soda. That's a huge risk on the body, and especially if included in the daily diet. If the body is constantly in a reduced state of immunity, the risk of illness increases greatly. But there is a balance to everything, and certainly to the body's ability to fight off infection. Finding your body's balance, while maintaining a healthy diet, will provide your immune system with the best defense against infection, and a better quality of life.

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