Last night I posted about Sugar and how it can supress the immune system. I then had the pleasure of bouncing ideas and theories with another Biomechanics Coach about what I had posted.
He asked me 'What causes inflammation?'.
BEYOND MY UNDERSTANDING
You see, inflammation is a response of the immune system. It's the defence that the body takes to heal and repair. But the thing is, we already know that sugar can actually CAUSE inflammation.
So how the hell can sugar both increase the immune response AND supress it?
Honestly, this is way beyond my understanding. There are, after all, so many theories out there regarding this and I do not feel educated enough to put reasoning out there for why this happens (if there are any more theories and information that you have I'd love to hear them!).
WE STILL DON'T KNOW
The connections our gut has with the brain, the immune system, the musculoskeletal and nervous system is unbelievable. We really are only just starting to understand what is actually going on inside us.
And even then, we are human. We are all different. And so what affects one person in one way may affect another person in a completely different sense.
EVERYONE IS DIFFERENT
From all this I am reminded of the quote from Hans Selye, ‘The Father of Stress’.
‘No one can live without experiencing some degree of stress all the time. You may think that only serious disease or intensive physical or mental injury can cause stress. This is false. Crossing a busy intersection, exposure to a draught or even sheer joy are enough to activate the body’s stress mechanisms to some extent. Stress is not even necessarily bad for you; it is also the spice of life, for any emotion, any activity causes stress. But of course your system must be prepared to take it. The same stress that makes one person sick may be an invigorating experience for another’
We need stress. Stress is what makes us stronger. It's what causes us to develop and evolve. However, I also believe, as he said, the same thing that makes one person sick may be an invigorating experience for another.
MODERATION IS KEY
And so when it comes to anything in life, sugar included….I believe in the term 'moderation'. However, that then begs the question….what IS moderation?!?