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How Sugar Affects Your Immune System

How Sugar Affects Your Immune System

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Sugar can be very destructive to your health. Here’s how sugar affects the body—specifically the immune system.

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In this video, we’re going to talk about how sugar affects the body—specifically the immune system. High blood sugar (hyperglycemia) has a huge effect on suppressing the immune system. Hyperglycemia is even one of the big factors involved in the COVID situation that could increase the risk of mortality. 

How sugar affects immunity:

1. Inhibited chemotaxis 
Chemotaxis is the movement of white blood cells through the body towards where they need to do their work. 

2. Impaired phagocytosis  
Phagocytosis is the mechanism where certain white blood cells will ultimately kill pathogens.

3. Inhibited complement cascade 
Complement cascade is a series of events that can occur that will cause the bacterial membrane to burst. It helps kill bacteria.

4. Acidosis—inhibits immunity 
The pH will go down, which can inhibit immunity. 

5. Slows white blood cells moving through tissues 
White blood cells have the ability to go through the tissues, the lymphatic system, organs, and blood vessels. Inhibiting this movement can have a negative effect on the immune system. 

6. Blood flow diminished 
High blood sugar could destroy the vascular system. This can cause less oxygen throughout the body. With that, you could have an increase in pathogens that can live in that environment. 

7. Less innate immunity 
This is a part of the immune system that’s like a wall. Hyperglycemia can destroy the protective barriers. 

Dr. Eric Berg DC Bio:
Dr. Berg, age 55, is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of the best-selling book The Healthy Keto Plan, and is the Director of Dr. Berg’s Nutritionals. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media.


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Dr. Eric Berg received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1988. His use of “doctor” or “Dr.” in relation to himself solely refers to that degree. Dr. Berg is a licensed chiropractor in Virginia, California, and Louisiana, but he no longer practices chiropractic in any state and does not see patients so he can focus on educating people as a full time activity, yet he maintains an active license. This video is for general informational purposes only. It should not be used to self-diagnose and it is not a substitute for a medical exam, cure, treatment, diagnosis, and prescription or recommendation. It does not create a doctor-patient relationship between Dr. Berg and you. You should not make any change in your health regimen or diet before first consulting a physician and obtaining a medical exam, diagnosis, and recommendation. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. The Health & Wellness, Dr. Berg Nutritionals and Dr. Eric Berg, D.C. are not liable or responsible for any advice, course of treatment, diagnosis or any other information, services or product you obtain through this video or site.

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