“Detox” is a term that has become so overused and often confused. What’s important to remember is that a hard-core juice fast isnt the only (or necessarily the best) way to start cleaning out your insides. As with most things in life: slow and steady wins the race. Just by making specific changes the what, when and how you eat, can take the load off the body and allow more cellular energy to be spent on things like cell turn over, repair and detoxification. So rather than undertaking a once-a-year arduous ‘fast’, what’s far more conducive to optimal wellness is to eat every day to support daily cleansing (which is how the body was meant to function afterall). When you have ‘your’ diet personally tailored, fine tuned and ‘cleaned up’ by a nutritionist with a speciality in cleansing (like myself) you can feel your absolute best and learn the tricks of how to detox … and eat your cake too!
I recently had a discussion with Emma about the various myths around food… a lot of us really don’t know who and what to listen to when it comes to nutrition advise. There’s so much conflicting information out there – Women’s health magazines will tell you to go for low fat options if you want to lose weight or try out soy milk as an alternative and your doctor may say to stay away from soy milk… then your friend will tell you her nutritionist recommended only eating for your blood type?! It’s hard to navigate your way through it all so I thought thought I’d have a little fun and ask Emma to demystify some of the common food myths. Here’s what we came up with:
Indulgent is a word I have used far too often lately when describing meals out and social appointments alike. So last week I chose to practice the virtues of another word… repentance.
Living in Hong Kong I am surrounded by an abundance of fresh vegetables, live fish and meats on the streets. The melange makes for a very colourful neighbourhood – the aroma however, is another story.
After a month (or two) of decadence it’s time to say goodbye to the booze, bon voyage to the late nights and good riddance to sugar. Oh yes, it’s detox time and today I start mine.
Efficient digestion is essential to good health, yet many people live with digestive problems for years, thinking that there’s nothing else they can do. Infact digestion problems often go undiagnosed because these complaints are not “serious”. Symptoms such as gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, belching, flatulence, indigestion, weight gain, irritable bowel syndrome, the feeling of always being hungry are so common that they are seen as normal. Poor digestion equals a sluggish bowel that can retain kilos of old toxic fecal matter that can take its toll on our immune system and eventually leads to more serious disease. Here are 10 things you can do to improve your digestive system:
- Over-Acidification of the blood and tissue is the major underlying cause of Arthritis and most chronic degenerative disorders. It’s the accumulation and excretion of dietary and metabolic acids into the joints that leads to the inflammation and breakdown. Foods and drinks that are more Alkaline in nature need to be emphasised
- Deadly Nightshades – If you suffer from sore or enlarged joints, you are best to avoid this food group as Arthritis sufferers commonly share an allergy to these: white potatoes, tomatoes (particularly cooked), eggplant, capsicum.
- Yeast Overgrowth - Candida gut infections are linked to joint problems also. Maintaining an anti-fungal approach to your diet (mainly avoiding all sugars and grains) can greatly improve overall joint health also. Fungus can either cause arthritis by infecting a joint directly or indirectly through their production of mycotoxins (fungal poisons)
- Gluten Intolerance - yet another good reason to nix the grains; and gluten is more intolerable and destructive than most people realise.
- Heavy Metal Toxicity - a thorough detoxification and dietary Clean Up (supported by me!) will help to alleviate the toxic load in your system.
Try changing up your diet and following this quick check list to help alleviate Menopause symptoms.
- Support liver function for hormone detoxification: eat coconut oil and butter are highly protective or the liver.
- Avoid foods that strain and harm the liver: this includes alcohol and concentrated sugars, even fruit juices should be avoided.
- Emphasise bitter, enzyme-rich foods that benefit the liver: try lemons, bitter greens and raw sauerkraut. Traditional Swedish bitters can also help.
- Support thyroid function for balance of healthy hormone production: another reason to consume coconut oil and definitely avoid ALL soy products.