Halloween Candy and Flu Season

Halloween is upon us and so is Flu season . Ever wonder why everyone starts getting sick with the flu or even a cold in November?  Seasonal change you may say, maybe?  What else happens around that time? Halloween candy happens.

According to Dr. Sears from the DOCTORS TV show, “A big dose of sugar can immediately suppress your immune system and make you more vulnerable to colds, flu and other infections”

Several years back, researchers at Loma Linda University gave volunteers 100 grams of sugar (20 teaspoons, roughly the amount in a liter of soda). The researchers then drew blood from the volunteers and mixed in some bacteria. They found that infection-fighting white blood cells from people who had just gorged on sugar gobbled up many fewer bacteria than those who had just fasted or eaten an unsweetened starch.

It is all over the literature- sugar compromises our body’s ability to defend against foreign invaders. Any wonder why colds and influenza are rampant right after Halloween? Wake up parents!  Knowing this alone will save you a trip to the doctor with the flu or a double ear infection.

Here is what I usually do for the mad rush of candy on Halloween.  Let your kids have a little!  Let them pick 1-2 pieces of candy they want for that night.  It is Halloween and kids can have a little fun.  The rest of the candy is then sorted.  Some is kept in a jar for special occasions and the rest is given to others at work, school, or church.

The main point here is that you don’t let your kids gorge themselves on sweets.  Teach them restraint and giving instead of self indulgence.  Our bodies reward us with good health when we practice these things.

 

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