More and more people are opting for a detox diet due to its various health benefits. However, not everyone is fully aware of what this type of process is all about. To know more about this particular diet, read on and find out more.
What Is a Detox Diet?
This is a certain type of diet which includes the removal of dietary and environmental harmful substances or toxins that a person has consumed or eaten. A detox diet is primarily useful in getting rid of food-related toxins which have been linked to various health problems and diseases. This diet is used for specific or general body system cleansing. Other people opt for this kind of diet because they want to lose weight. On the other hand, people who do not have normal or regular daily bowel movements are also advised to undergo this kind of process.
The Benefits You Can Get
With all the benefits you can get, needless to say, detoxification is an important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
There are many benefits of eating healthy. Eating the right food helps to prevent serious illness and disease, but it can heal your body as well.
One of the benefits of eating healthy is that it enhances your immune system. Having strong immunity helps you avoid colds and flu and much more serious health problems as well. If you do get sick, you should recover much faster.
Another advantage of consuming good food is that you will have a lot more energy. The best way to avoid fatigue and maintain a good energy level is to get a powerful nutritional boost in the morning by juicing organic fruit or vegetables. It's also a great way to boost immunity.
Another one of the benefits of eating healthy is you are less likely to develop health problems. If you currently have health challenges, the right foods can make a significant difference. For example, if you have arthritis, omega 3 rich foods are natural anti inflammatories that work much better than medications and have no side effects. Fruit and vegetables are excellent sources of antioxidants which help prevent cancers and other diseases, and promote healing if you are sick.
Consuming a lot of fiber keeps your digestive system working properly and reduces the chances of getting bowel or other cancers. Fruit and vegetables eaten raw or juiced provide a lot of fiber. Other sources include lentils, any type of beans and whole grains.
Eating a healthy and nutritious diet can prevent the need for taking medications. Whether they are prescription drugs or over the counter, they all have side effects. When you eat lots of fiber, there should be no need to take laxatives. As already mentioned, omega 3 rich foods help reduce inflammation, and are also good for heart health. Natural health practitioners recommend certain foods depending on what condition the individual has.
These are the benefits of eating healthy. If you have had poor dietary habits, it is never too late to get started on eating right.
Arthritis, particularly rheumatoid arthritis is characterized by pain and stiffness as well as swelling brought about by inflammation. While changing your diet may not reduce inflammation completely, it can certainly help reduce the amount of medication you need and the side effects.
Below is a list of some foods you may consider including in your anti arthritis diet:
1. Citrus Fruits
Citrus fruits such as oranges, lime and grapefruit are rich in vitamin C which is paramount for the synthesis of collagen. Collagen helps repair blood vessels, ligaments, tendons and bones, thus it's helpful for patients suffering from arthritis. Citrus fruits also contain antioxidants which help fight inflammation as well. Drink a glass of orange juice in the morning, eat half a grapefruit for a snack and squeeze some lemon juice on the food while cooking to fully realize the healing power of vitamin C.
Another food that you should make part of your anti arthritis diet is the carrot. Carrots are rich in vitamin A and beta carotene which are known to fight inflammation. It's advisable that you eat these vegetables on a regular basis in small portions as opposed to eating them in large quantities. A single serving should contain 1/2 cup of carrot juice, 1 large carrot or up to 7 baby carrots.
3. Whole Grains
Whole grains should be part of your anti arthritis diet if you want suppress symptoms of the disease. Most whole grains contain nutrients such as vitamin E. They are also associated with better weight control and therefore can help reduce pain and other arthritis symptoms. Consider switching from eating white bread to whole wheat and make a bowl of oatmeal part of your breakfast menu.
An anti arthritis diet presents a natural, cheap way of dealing with the joint and bone pain associated with the disease. Whenever you're in doubt on which foods to include in your diet, you may seek advice from a health and nutrition expert or a doctor.
If you thought that inflammation is only a bad process, you are mistaken. Inflammation is actually a good process that takes place in the body. In this bodily process, the WBC (white blood cells) and other chemicals in the body combine to cause inflammation which helps in fighting disease causing micro organisms. Unfortunately, sometimes the immune system may trigger inflammation in areas where it's not needed. This causes a medical disorder that needs urgent medical attention due to the intense pain it causes.
Below are top pro inflammatory foods:
A lot of sugar in your diet can increase your weight, cause tooth decay, make you more prone to diabetes and may cause many other health disorders. Certain studies have suggested that too much sugar in the blood triggers inflammation. Therefore, avoid sugary foods. If not, substitute the refined sugars with natural sugars.
*Common Cooking Oils
Common cooking oils such as the sun flower, safflower, corn and pea nut contains a lot of linoleic acid in them. This acid has a pro inflammatory influence on your body. In addition, many common cooking oils contain high amounts of omega 6 fatty acids and little omega 3 fatty acids. As we are aware, too much omega 6 fatty acids trigger body inflammation. Therefore, it is important to avoid such oils and use alternative oils that have a good omega 6 and omega 3 ratio.
Processed foods are usually very delicious but have low nutritional value. Try and avoid such junk foods because they contain a lot of trans fat in them. Trans fats are extremely damaging to your health. They increase your cholesterol levels, lead to obesity and cause inflammation. Some of the foods that contain trans fats include pizza, hot-dogs, burgers, potato fries etc.
Commercially produced meat animals are mostly fed on corns and soya beans. This animal diet contains high pro inflammatory omega 6 fatty acids and low anti inflammatory omega 3 fatty acids. This means that the meat from this animals contains a lot of the pro inflammatory properties thus is likely to trigger inflammation when you eat it. Moreover, these animals are reared within a small space thus are likely to gain excess fat which is still a pro inflammatory agent.
These are just some of the pro inflammatory foods. Some other pro inflammatory foods include dairy products, egg yolks, sodas, alcohol, food additives and the nightshade vegetables.
If you are suffering from any pain due to inflammation, your natural reaction would be to grab a non-steroidal anti inflammatory drug or any other kind of painkiller. These drugs, however, have side effects, like nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting. If you take these drugs consistently for longer periods, it may also result to kidney and liver problems. Hence, you may want to try some natural anti inflammatory remedies instead. They are less harmful, but make sure that you consult your doctor first before you shift to alternative treatments.
Natural Anti Inflammatory Remedies #1: Cayenne Pepper
Cayenne can reduce inflammation that is associated with neuropathy and it slows down the transmission of the pain from the nerves of the feet to the spinal nerves. Be careful when using cayenne, though, because it produces heat. Apply it topically in small amounts and slowly increase once you become accustomed to the heat.
Natural Anti Inflammatory Remedies #2: Garlic
Garlic is one of the most popular natural remedies. It has antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial properties that make it an essential item in your home, not just for cooking, but for providing first-aid relief too. Aside from these properties, garlic also contains a sulfur compound that prevents the activation of inflammatory enzymes. It is advised that you mince the garlic first, leave it for 15 minutes to release the active components, before digesting it. Some studies have shown that heating garlic will reduce its effectiveness, which is why it is best to eat it raw.
Natural Anti Inflammatory Remedies #3: Turmeric
Recent studies showed that turmeric could help treat fibromyalgia and arthritis, which are both inflammatory diseases. This may be new to the world of science, but this has been long known in ancient Chinese and Indian traditional medicines. Turmeric, as it turns out, contains two dozens of anti inflammatory compounds, making it very effective in treating arthritis. The recommended dosage for turmeric is about 500 mg, taken three times a day.
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My name is Josef Bichler.
I have a passion for wellness and showing others how to live healthy lives. I have corrected my own health problems with the use of alternatives only and helping others to achieve their health objectives through lifestyle changes, detoxifying their body and through understanding the benefits of eating healthy.