This week on my warmly nourished facebook page we looked at so many areas to detox and NOT a single one was diet related. I think that is a record for me. I wanted to show you that there are many forms of detox and in our modern, fast paced lives we maybe be missing out on the really good stuff. Some simple ideas (#simpleysimple2017) for life changes; go for a walk and leave the mobile phone at home, sit in a park and listen to the birds and other sounds around you – it’s not all white noise.
Today I am getting to the toxins that invade our diets and feed disease instead of good health. I’ll share some of my favorite ways to take toxins out of the diet – below #5. First let me remind you of what we covered during the week.
I’ll back track for you:
(1) Monday I raised the idea of detoxing from our mobile phones at night. I turn my phone off for 12 hours per day, from 7/8 pm to 7/8 am. I love that I can do this and feel more relaxed and know I am getting a better nights sleep.
(2) Tuesday I shared the impact negativity has on our health and how important positive feelings are. Thinking and feeling for health!
(3) Wednesday I shared ideas to detoxing from your busy life. Here are some great tips, I love them all and practice some ….wish I could get to all 21.
(4) Thursday I shared the chemical impact of commercial cleaning products on your health. The average household contains about 62 toxic chemicals, say environmental experts. Ingredients in common household products have been linked to asthma, cancer, reproductive disorders, hormone disruption and neurotoxicity.
(5) Friday, today, its about Removing Toxins from the diet…ease into these changes and see how you feel. These are toxins I have chosen to remove from my diet.
(a) Remove white sugar from your diet as soon as you can. Sugar has no:
- no nutrients
- no protein
- no healthy fats
- no enzymes
Its a substance that is devoid of health giving with huge impact on your body:
- Stresses the Liver: “When we eat fructose, it goes to the liver. If liver glycogen is low, such as after a run, the fructose will be used to replenish it (3)however, most people aren’t consuming fructose after a long workout and their livers are already full of glycogen. When this happens, the liver turns the fructose into fat (2). Some of the fat gets shipped out, but part of it remains in the liver. The fat can build up over time and ultimately lead to Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (4, 5, 6).”
- Increases Bad Cholesterol and Triglycerides (source)
- Can contribute to Leptin Resistance (and then weight gain, cravings, sleep trouble, etc) – source
- Creates an addictive sugar response in the brain (source)
- Doesn’t fill you up and instead encourages you to eat more
(b) Focus on eating REAL FOOD that hasn’t been messed with. What I mean is food that doesn’t have a list of ingredients like fresh vegetables and fruit that are in their whole form or products that have a short list of ingredients – and a list of things you know with NO numbers. These products tend to be around the outside aisles of the – grocery store/farmers markets/and your local green grocer – and not in the centre aisles. There is an old saying
“If your Grandparents didn’t recognize it as food then stay away from it”
(c) Limit acidic foods from your diet. An overly acidic condition weakens the body and can become dangerous. Our body requires a slightly alkaline condition to function well. Blood, for example, needs to be at 7.4 pH. A shift in blood pH of just 0.2 could result in death. Obviously, the body does not want to die, so it is forced to borrow minerals (calcium, sodium, potassium and magnesium) from vital organs and bones to neutralize the acid. A balanced body that is not highly acidic makes it easier for cells to cleanse out waste and toxins. Thus, a balanced alkaline pH will help in protecting the cells in your body and may discourage the growth of cancer cells, inflammation in joints, and help keep your bones strong. Foods that are highly acidic include –
- artificial sweeteners – like equal
- certain dairy products like milk
- over consumption of red meat
- processed oils – vegetable oil, corn oil, soybean oil, rice bran oil
- margarine – normally made from processed oils
- processed foods
- processed meats – bacon,cold cuts
- sodas and other sweetened beverages
I feel like I have spoiled all your fun…. All I can suggest is to go easy on acid forming foods, limit them and swap in fresh fruits and vegetables to help restore your bodies ph levels.