This leads to addiction.  Probably why it is the most popular addictive drug!

How does sugar affect your immunity anyway? Sugar is an immune suppressor. As little as 3.5 ounces can suppress your immune system up to 50 percent.  It has been documented that 1 teaspoon of refined sugar suppresses the immune system up to  6 hours based on study, by Loma Linda University.  Consequently, your white blood cells are 30-40 percent less effective at killing germs. Glucose, fructose and sucrose all significantly decreased the activity of neutrophils to engulf bacteria! (Neutrophils are the “first responders” of white blood cells when there are invading microbes.)

Moreover, sugar has a remarkably similar molecular structure to cocaine. PET brain scans have proven that the way a person reacts when sugar is in their system, is the same as the reaction to cocaine.  

Sugar is totally void of nutrients and gets this: It requires; nutrients to metabolize sugar and, therefore, pulls minerals from your body.  Which includes immune-stimulating minerals such as iron, iodine, magnesium, zinc, and selenium.  Therefore, sugar impairs your white blood cells from doing their job, which is to scavenge up bacteria, fungus, and viruses that can make you sick.

Here is a shortlist of problems sugar has been proven to cause:

  • Sugar causes tooth decay.
  • Sugar may induce cell death.
  • Sugar Cause premature aging
  • Sugar suppresses the immune system.
  • Sugar disrupts mineral absorption in the body.
  • Sugar can cause hyperactivity, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, and crankiness in children.
  • Sugar contributes to the reduction in defense against bacterial infection 
  • Sugar reduces defense against viral infections
  • Sugar causes a deprecation of organ and loss of tissue integrity
  • Sugar leads to vitamin and mineral deficiency.
  • Sugar causes copper deficiency.
  • Sugar interferes with the absorption of calcium and magnesium.
  • Sugar weakens eye resulting in vision problems
  • Sugar can cause hypoglycemia.      
  • Parasites thrive off sugar their favorite environment                           
  • Sugar can produce an acidic digestive tract.
  • Sugar can cause premature aging.
  • Sugar can lead to alcoholism.
  • Sugar contributes to obesity
  • High intake of sugar increases the risk of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
  • Sugar can cause changes frequently found in people with gastric or duodenal ulcers.
  • Sugar can cause arthritis.
  • Sugar can cause asthma.
  • Sugar significantly contributes to the uncontrolled growth of Candida Albicans (yeast infections).
  • Sugar can cause gallstones.
  • Sugar can cause heart disease.
  • Sugar can cause appendicitis.
  • Sugar can cause multiple sclerosis.
  • Sugar can cause hemorrhoids.
  • Sugar can cause varicose veins.
  • Sugar can elevate glucose and insulin responses in oral contraceptive users.
  • Sugar can lead to periodontal disease.
  • Sugar can contribute to osteoporosis.
  • Sugar contributes to saliva acidity.
  • Sugar can cause a decrease in insulin sensitivity.
  • Sugar can decrease growth hormone.
  • Sugar can increase cholesterol.
  • Sugar can increase systolic blood pressure.
  • Sugar can cause an energy crash
  • Sugar can interfere with the absorption of protein.
  • Sugar causes food allergies.
  • Sugar causes diabetes.
  • Sugar can cause toxemia 
  • Sugar can contribute to eczema 
  • Sugar can cause cardiovascular disease.
  • Sugar can impair the structure of DNA
  • Sugar can change the structure of the protein.
  • Sugar can make our skin age by changing the structure of collagen.
  • Sugar can cause cataracts.
  • Sugar can cause emphysema.
  • Sugar can cause atherosclerosis.
  • Sugar can promote an elevation of low-density lipoproteins (LDL).
  • High sugar intake can impair the physiological homeostasis of many systems in the body.
  • Sugar lowers the enzyme’s ability to function.
  • Sugar intake is higher in people with Parkinson’s disease.
  • Sugar can cause a permanent altering the way the proteins act in the body.
  • Sugar can increase the size of the liver by making the liver cells divide.
  • Sugar can increase the amount of liver fat.
  • Sugar can increase kidney size and produce pathological changes in the kidney.
  • Sugar damages the pancreas.
  • Sugar can increase the body’s fluid retention.
  • Sugar causes constipation
  • Sugar can compromise the lining of the capillaries.
  • Sugar can make the tendons more brittle.
  • Sugar can cause headaches, including migraines.
  • Sugar has a major role in cancer and tumors development
  • Sugar can adversely affect school children’s grades and cause learning disorders.
  • Sugar can cause an increase in delta, alpha, and theta brain waves.
  • Sugar can cause depression.
  • Sugar can increase the risk of getting gout.
  • Sugar can cause hormonal imbalance; some hormones become underactive and others become overactive.
  • Sugar can lead to the formation of kidney stones.
  • Sugar can lead to the hypothalamus to become extremely sensitive to a large variety of stimuli.
  • Diets high in sugar can cause free radicals and oxidative stress.
  • Sugar feeds cancer.
  • Sugar slows food’s travel time through the gastrointestinal tract.
  • Sugar combines and destroys phosphatase, an enzyme, which makes the process of digestion more difficult.
  • Sugar is an extremely addictive substance.
  • Sugar can be intoxicating, similar to alcohol.
  •  Sugar can exacerbate PMS.
  •  Sugar intake can increase emotional stability and mood swings
  •  Sugar can worsen the symptoms of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
  • Sugar adversely affects urinary electrolyte composition.
  • Sugar can slow down the ability of the adrenal glands to function.
  • Sugar has the potential of inducing abnormal metabolic processes in a normal healthy individual and to promote chronic degenerative diseases.
  •  sugar can cut off reduces to the brain.
  • High sugar intake can cause epileptic seizures.
  • Sugar can cause high blood pressure 
  • In juvenile rehabilitation camps, when children were put on a low sugar diet, there was a 44% drop in antisocial behavior.
  • Sugar promotes dehydration.
  • Sugar increases the estradiol in young men. 
  • Sugar can cause low birth weight babies.
  •  Sugar can raise homocysteine levels in the bloodstream.  
  •  Sugar induces salt and water retention. 
  •  Sugar contributes to mild memory loss. 
  • Sugar causes varicose veins.
  • Sugar can cause brain decay 
  • Sugar can cause metabolic syndrome.
  • Sugar can be a factor in asthma. 

This list can go on etc. Today, the average American consumes almost 152 pounds of sugar in one year. This is equal to 3 pounds (or 6 cups) of sugar consumed in one week! 

Don’t stress out if you find it hard to immediately throw out the sugar and load up on fresh greens, whole fruits, and veggies. Diet changes take time, and if you want your new healthy habits to stick, be persistent as you try switching out a large salad for that soda and chips (check ingredients), fast food sandwich, and sweet dessert at lunch. 

Your taste buds will need two weeks to get used to changes in what you’re eating. Your body will get over the cravings, which are actually a symptom of the deficiencies of empty foods, once you have nourished your body well for a time. As the empty foods leave your body, and you consistently offer new fresh foods with adequate nutrients, cravings will stop. In the long term, the fresher whole foods you eat, the more energy you’ll have, and the stronger your immune system will be. 

Nevertheless, a complete body detox will remove the excess sugar and make the transition process much easier.