Detox for Good Taste
With the start of the new year freshly behind us, it’s not uncommon to hear the words ‘detox’ and ‘cleanse diets’ thrown around. In many of our minds, the idea of a detox diet evokes images of lemon water, cayenne pepper, maple syrup, and juices. Although well intentioned, detox diets tends to do considerably more harm than good. Most cut out a large portion of a nutrient dense diet and thus dangerously cuts calories. Of course, this is how traditional detox diets work – by limiting calorie consumption, overall weight is reduced. However, many of these diets call forth a metabolic response against starvation. This defense mechanism keeps you retaining fat while losing muscle and water mass, the latter of which is quickly gained back after reverting back to a normal diet. This effect in turn lowers the resting metabolic rate and slows down fat loss. Furthermore, many detoxes are chock full of laxatives and colonics which offset the electrolyte and mineral imbalance in your body.
Taken together, detox diets result in major muscle loss, low energy, spikes and dips in blood sugar levels, nausea, fluid imbalance, acidosis, compromised immune system, and heart wave abnormalities, among other issues. Most juice diets are highly anti-effective in the sense that juices, which are packed with sugar, spike the glycemic index rapidly and cause acute inflammation in the tissues of your body. This inflammation, when incited time and time again, becomes chronic and goes on to cause an array of visible and not so visible health issues. On the not so visible end, chronic inflammation could lead to diabetes, neuropathy, heart disease , and if genetically predisposed, then cancer. On the more visible end, it wrecks havoc on your skin. Certain foods can exacerbate skin conditions like acne and rosacea. and, according to some sources, lead to the development of deep set wrinkles. If you have acne-prone skin, cut out high-glycemic foods like refined sugar product as well as sugary fruits and starchy veggies.The blood sugar spike directly translates to spikes in insulin, which promotes inflammation and excess oil production. Additionally, it depresses the immune system, making it harder for your body to fight acne-causing bacteria. In fact, a study published in the Archives of Dermatology found that non-Western cultures, like Pacific Islanders and hunter-gatherers in Paraguay, are free of acne because of the fact that these cultures have little to no refined sugars and starches in their diet.
Dairy may also cause acne. Several studies have linked high dairy consumption with the incidence and severity of acne. Even organic milk has male sex hormones and insulin,, contribute to acne.
Eating foods rich in zinc and selenium help tame acne since it helps calm the inflammation and reduces sebum production.Top sources include oysters, beef, lamb, pumpkin seeds. Foods rich in antioxidants and vitamins not only protect against acne, but also wrinkles and aging. Vitamin E-rich foods, like olive oil and nlmondsh elp keep skin hydrated. Foods high in niacin, like beef , bump up collagen production and protect skin from UV damage. Vitamin A is the superstar when it comes to improving your complexion: it offers potent antioxidant activity, encourages cell turnover, and reduces inflammation. Since vitamin A is fat-soluble, pair its sources with healthy fats to boost absorption and efficacy.
Don’t skimp on fat: although foods high in the wrong type of saturated fats and trans fat are bad for the skin, monounsaturated fats and omega-3 fatty acids are essential for healthy skin. Essential fatty acids are the foundation for healthy cell membranes; they also keep it hydrated and younger looking. Load up on fish like salmon and mackerel, walnuts, flaxseeds, and fortified eggs(pasture raised).
Supplement this diet with dark chocolate and green tea, both of which contain antioxidants and flavonoids that protect against UV damage and improve texture.
With no scientific evidence supporting the benefits of a cleanse diet and with all the disadvantages of these sorts of diets in mind, a 2013 approach to a detox should then be one which emphasizes a cleansing of the palate rather than of the body. Since the consumption of unhealthy foods begets more consumption of unhealthy foods (due to a reward response in the brain, e.g. the high produced by eating 2 cheeseburgers is comparable to the high a user gets off hitting meth), resetting the taste buds based on the contrary that consumption of healthy food begets more consumption of healthy food.
Detox usually makes you shed water weight which you will most certainly gain back after going back to a normal diet. Instead, detox by cutting out processed foods and excess sugar, alcohol, trans fats, sodium, refined carbs and replace them with whole foods that have long-term benefits. Ideally, a detox should reset your taste buds such that you naturally gravitate towards better foods. It should aim to provide you with more energy, a slimmer figure, and better skin. All three of these are achieved by balancing your diet in such a way that your blood sugar and sodium intake is low as well as foods high in fiber, protein, and water content are ample.
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