Reasons why your immune system weakens

March 20, 2020
Virus and germs

WITH the coronavirus still surging worldwide, some people’s everyday (bad) habits might be the reasons why they’re prone to infection because of weak immune system.

One of the reasons is eating processed foods.

Several studies conducted in humans and mice have shown that many chemical additives in processed foods -- from stabilizers to emulsifiers to thickeners to sweeteners like saccharine, sucralose and stevia-- disrupt the gut microbiome.

A diet high in refined carbs, added sugar and sugar substitutes also disrupt the function of the immune system.

If you’re taking this in your morning coffee, here’s your your remedy: aim for 28 grams of soluble fiber a day (for women) and 36 grams a day (for men). Good sources are apples, barley, oats, nuts, seeds and lentils.

Get vitamin D from the sun. If you can’t take the heat, get it from egg yolks, fortified milk and  breakfast cereal, and fatty fish like salmon.

Of course, always include the vitamin C.