Why Balanced Blood Sugar Is Important for your Immune System

Dr. Mary Clifton

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if there was a pill you could take to stop the symptoms you’ve struggled with - perhaps for years?

Sadly, there is no magic medication or potion to turn around your health.  The answer really begins with knowledge.

When everything is “perfect,” you expect your body to run like a well-oiled machine. Unfortunately though, none of us are perfect, right? We inherit our genes from generations of people who along the way had one problem or another.

But we can do better.

Today I’m going to share 3 very simple, powerful tools that you can employ to support your health by controlling your blood sugar.

First let’s talk about the correlation between blood sugar and the immune system. When your blood sugar is imbalanced, the immune system’s ability to respond to infections is decreased because its attention is not fully focused on the infection. It’s partially distracted by the work it needs to do to balance your blood sugar! This is one of many reasons you want to ensure a balanced, healthy blood sugar level.

When it comes to understanding and supporting the immune system, your insulin and blood sugar is vitally important. And, when it comes to blood sugar, what you eat is just as important as how and when you eat.

3 Ways to manage your blood sugar:

1) Consider the timing of your meals. Are you eating at regular intervals (and not eating in between)? Try to get yourself into a rhythm of eating three low-carb meals and one low-carb snack, evenly spaced throughout your day.

2) Eat slowly. It’s very easy if you’re eating at regular intervals, with no snacking in between, to get to the table and feel like you’re starving.  Learn to allow being hungry and know that your next healthy meal is coming soon. Start your meals with a salad or vegetable, and then have some protein. There are studies that show if you have a protein first, and then a carbohydrate, your insulin release is as much as 30% lower!

3) Remember to choose great vegetables - and add in small amounts of COMPLEX carbohydrates, not simple carbs. Make sure to integrate wholesome complex carbs like whole grain bread and oatmeal, along with leafy green veggies like kale and spinach. It’s not reasonable to eat only this way but if 80% of your diet is filled with a variety of colorful fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein, your immunity will be better for it.

These are simple guidelines and not in any way diet advice.  But it’s possible that if you are very diligent, you can improve your immune system in a very short time, simply by leveling off blood sugar spikes.