You can do many things to improve your health by detoxifying your body, but they won’t amount to much if not accompanied with proper changes in lifestyle. When it comes to detoxification program, you should put daily meals in proper perspective and make healthy eating on top of your list. Your decision in choosing a diet can have a telling impact on your overall health. Some of the options are relatively easy, but other can be difficult, especially for those who have been stuck for years in an unhealthy eating habit. You need to have enough determination in making changes to achieve the goal of your detox diet. Good health can only be achieved by those with non-toxic eating habit and it can happen only through long-term adjustments.
These meals are designed for low-cost production, rapid preparation and to appeal to consumers’ taste buds. Unfortunately, avoiding toxins and providing good nutrition are not part of the formula. There are many risks associated with fast foods and these are a few facts to consider:
• A survey on a fast food chain concluded that nearly all chicken served contain some arsenic.
• Most beef used for fast food come from industrialized farms, where cattle are pumped regularly with steroids, antibiotics and hormones.
• Oil in fast food chains contain high amount of trans-fat.
• Styrofoam can contaminate take-away meals with harmful toxins.
It is no secret that fast food industry spends many billions annually on marketing campaigns, which are intended to make us feel better about eating those meals. You should be wary of misleading ads; a fast food chain may offer a chicken salad with only 70 calories per serving, however, a small print on the bottom of the ads says that the package actually contains 5 serving. It means you can get a whopping 350 calories in one dish alone. So, even a good choice on a fast food restaurant can still sneak in a good deal of unwanted calories into your body. Also remember that the ingredients used come from the lowest bidder to keep the meal affordable. Of course, fast foods are convenient, affordable and tasty, but these benefits are not worth the negative long-term health effects.
You can go a long way on reaching healthy body by making simple decisions. One of them is by getting rid of white foods that are often low on nutrients, loaded with calories and can be jam-packed with toxins. Those who want to maintain an acceptable weight and prevent diabetes symptoms should avoid this food category.
Gluten is present in many ingredients, such as oats, wheat, rye and barley. It is an important source of protein in many cultures, including in United States. It can also act as additive to make foods stick together or thicker. You can find gluten in cakes, cookies, pastries, wheat pastas, breads and other flour-based products. Obviously, dodging gluten-rich food can be challenging due to the presence of a dizzying array of foods in the market. Now, gluten can also be found in beef jerky, cereals, pastes, casseroles and cream soups.
Cutting gluten out of your daily diet can be tricky and it takes a single book to cover the whole subject. Many people show allergic reactions to gluten and others are suffering from celiac disease. Celiac disease is an auto-immune disorder, which can cause a number of unpleasant effects. It is estimated that more than ten percent people have celiac disease. These people have sensitive intestine that can be damaged by gluten in food and after an extended exposure, over time the intestine may leak, which cause harmful bacteria and toxins to seep into the bloodstream. Abdominal pains, vomiting and diarrhea are common symptoms of celiac diseases. On children it can cause psychosocial problems and growth retardation. Unfortunately, celiac diseases have symptoms similar to stomach flu, nervous stomach, gastroenteritis, regional enteritis, Crohn’s disease and irritable bowel syndrome, which make diagnosis more complicated.
You doctor may ask you undergo a blood test to diagnose your celiac disease. However, going on a gluten-free diet can be the best way to confirm it. It is possible that your body is reacting to a level of gluten that is not detectable with blood test. Nobody says that gluten-free diet is easy, but if you have problem with gluten, the rewards are definitely enormous. In our body, gluten is changed into a substance called glutomorphine, which is present on children with autism.
Removing milk and milk products
Dairy products are no longer produced in traditional ways, as the result there could be some health issued related to its production methods. Cows are regularly injected with chemicals, such as antibiotics and hormones, which may contaminate the milk. To complicate matters, many people have intolerance to lactose. For them, caseins are the real culprits. They are milk protein, with chemical structure that is very close to gluten and can cause problems on people with gluten intolerance. It isn’t well understood why caseins can cause problems on intestines and other organs. According to preliminary researches, some people experience degraded immune and mental function after being exposed to caseins for a long period of time.
Some interesting researches suggest that casein may be associated to autism symptoms. Autistic children who avoid casein show remarkable behavioral improvements. So, if you are close to an autistic child, putting him on gluten – and casein-free diet can bring significant results. If you have acute digestive system problems and don’t have much luck in treating them successfully, consider cutting dairy products of your diet for a few months. This step can tell you if milk is causing problem on your digestion system. And you shouldn’t be concerned about the lack of calcium, many vegetables have high calcium content, for example dried celery, radishes, and seaweed. In fact, freeze-dried chives have six times more calcium than milk. However, many doctors don’t treat caseins as the source of trouble, so you need to decide whether you should continue consuming milk or not. Milk proteins can also be found in non-dairy products, such as biscuits and many other snacks.