Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Raw Food Diet: A Detox Diet Plan

A diet that allows you to cleanse your body is called a detox diet. Through detoxification, toxins, chemicals, and other unwanted compounds are flushed out from the body. Thus, this diet aims to target the cleansing of the liver, which is an important internal organ in purification of our body system.

The proponents of this diet believe that through time, the liver is congested thus it becomes difficult for the liver to perform its functions well. By cleansing the liver, the filtration system of the whole body operates better thus the entire body is purified.

There are a lot of ways to perform a detox diet. Some of them can be a very mild and simple routine, while others are very strict and intense regimen. In choosing the right detox regimen for you, you should be able to analyze your capability as well as your discipline in following plans. As you well know, diets work well for people who are able to control themselves, and for those who are really determined to succeed in their endeavor. One example of a detox routine that you may want to try is the raw food detox diet.

In a raw food detox diet, the dieters are required to eat whole, fresh, and unprocessed foods that are not hard on a person’s digestive system. Simultaneously, this kind of diet will begin to purify the liver and maintain the body. Choices of foods for their meals are restricted to those which are not artificially grown and only uncontaminated and untreated ingredients must be used.

The Chinese regard herbs as very useful for treatment of several illnesses. This is why most of their teas are made from the finest herbs, which according to their belief may help in the detoxification of their body. This is the reason why herbs are very much integrated as part of the raw food diet.

If you are interested to try this diet, you should at least have an idea of what are its common guidelines. First of all, since this is a detox diet, you should bear in mind that your ultimate goal is to eliminate unhealthy toxins from your body. Thus, you should refrain from taking in certain unhealthy substances, such as caffeine, alcohol and nicotine. In addition to this, you should always drink purified water and natural fruit juices.

And, though this diet requires you to eat “raw” foods, you should take note of the foods that are not be eaten raw, such as poultry, beef and egg. What you should focus on eating are the fresh vegetables, fruits, as well as the quality fish products. And since meats are excluded from the diet, raw nuts should be good substitutes as sources of protein for the whole duration of the diet.

If you are following a milder detox diet, then you should not expect great distress. However, as you try a more intense regimen, greater effects are to be experienced. Dehydration may be acquired, thus in order to prevent this from happening, you should always remember to drink plenty of water. You should always remember that although you think that you can carefully follow a raw food detox diet, there is always a chance of experiencing side effects.

Therefore, it would be wiser to consult first with a alternative or medical professional before changing your eating habits. Your paramount consideration should always be your health!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Why People Go On A Detox Diet

A detoxification or detox diet is the oldest medical treatment on Earth that involves natural process of neutralizing toxins from the body. Toxins and other unnecessary substances are transformed to less harmful compounds and sent out from the body in the form of urine and stools. A detox diet requires you dietary and lifestyle changes which include avoidance of unhealthy substances such as alcohol, tovbacco, drugs, rich and fatty foods, refined foods and so much more.

A simple detox diet is one that involves taking fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, whole grains which is high in fiber and other organic foods. During the period of diet, you are also prohibited to eat breads, baked goods, pasta, animal or dairy products and nuts. The detox diet helps increase the level of water and fiber in the body which promotes cleansing of the colon and the rest of gastrointestinal tract.

People detoxify for a healthy and rejuvenated body. Detox diet helps you to clear symptoms, treat disease and prevent future problems. It is an ideal way to reevaluate your life and enhance vitality. Some uses detox diet for spiritual renewal, to feel more alive, awake and aware. It inspires a lifestyle free from abuses and addictions such as alcohol and tobacco addiction. Most often body energies are increased thru detox diet thus, making a person steadier and flexible to change both internally and externally.

If you want to detoxify just once in a year, the best time is during spring or autumn season. The hardest period during detox program is the first two days. On these days, you might feel symptoms like headaches, fatigue, irritability, mucous congestions and other body pains. However, according to medical experts anyone can maintain a regular work schedule during a detox diet.

The best day of the week for detox diet is Friday as you are expected to rest on the next days. This helps you to feel more relaxed and free from stress of work environment or to chemical exposures. It is also best to do detox diet on this day because you can avoid the temptation of breaking from the program and be with people that can support your decision.

We have five general detoxification systems composed of gastrointestinal, urinary, respiratory, lymphatic, skin. An individual’s lifestyle determines the frequency of detoxification needed by the body. The most common symptoms of toxicity are headache, over fatigue, backaches, digestive problems, allergies, and sensitivity to chemicals, perfumes and synthetics. But before undergoing detoxification it is important to consult your doctor to determine the real cause of the symptoms.

Detox diet is also an effective way to treat obesity as it almost always interconnected with toxicity. Losing weight means reducing body fats and eliminating toxins in the body. However, you need to be extra careful because you might also loose essential nutrients in your body. Physical activity will enhance better weight loss and detoxification.

Moreover, detoxification does not only involves elimination of unnecessary body substances but also spiritual renewal. It is also important that when you undergo a detox diet you are free from pollutions, noise and stressful routines.

It can mean social isolation temporarily but might be the best way to put away all the negative energies that pull us down and replace them with positive energies and pampering time that will enhance our vitality and bring us back to healthier body and soul.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Why Detox Diet Is Good For Your Gastrointestinal Tract?

Everyday, plenty of toxins and unnecessary substances enters into our body particularly through the gastrointestinal tract. The gastrointestinal tract is composed of the mouth, teeth, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, and the large intestine.

Digestive organs like the salivary glands, pancreas, gall bladder, mucous glands, and liver are also part of the gastrointestinal tract. In the book, "The New Detox Diet," Elson M. Haas and Daniella Chace it was mentioned that the absorption of most nutrients happens in the small intestine. The colon assimilates water while the bile salts.

Minor disruptions in the gastrointestinal tract may cause abnormal absorption of nutrients and increased barrier permeability. One of the best ways to get rid of toxins and unnecessary substances in the body is through detox diet.

But what are these toxins and unnecessary substances that are harmful to your gastrointestinal tract?

The GI tract are adversely affected by refined foods and sugar; excess fatty and rich foods; overeating and failing to chew more than once or twice per mouthful of food; drinking too much; food chemicals, pesticides, and environmental toxins; persistent use of alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine; use of prescription, over-the-counter, and recreational drugs; lack of fiber and whole foods, specifically lacking fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes in the diet.

Detox diet aids in healing ulcerations and other tissue problems in your body. It also helps in maintaining the tone and shape of your small and large intestines. Detox diet maintains the PH balance and eliminates bad bacteria like candida and harmful yeasts. What many people don’t know is that even minor metabolism disruption like constipation if unguarded can lead to a big threat in your health. Constipation also causes stress and discomfort and limited physical activity. This is why regular elimination is very crucial to overall health and maintaining the level of toxins in the body.

One way of detoxification is eating fiber rich foods and increasing water intakes. A special type of herb called dandelion root is one of the popular medicinal plants that aids detoxification. It is a natural diuretic that increases urine production by propping up the excretion of salts and water from the kidney.

The Chinese uses this herb in treating digestive disorders and appendicitis. Dandelion now already comes in the form of teas. However, extra precaution must be taken in taking this herb as it may increase stomach acid and heartburn. Patients with gallbladder and gallstones are also prohibited to take this herb.

Aside from drinking teas and water, you may also try drinking fresh fruit juices to detoxify. But taking this detox diet is more effective if you would also cut down intakes of meat and fatty foods and other foods and chemicals that adversely affects the function of your gastrointestinal tract. It is very important to plan your meal when in a detox diet. It can be a little tricky particularly because being in this diet makes you feel hungry and overdoing can cause you hyperacidity.

Another important factor to consider in undergoing a detox diet is your present weight and PH balance. It is best to consult an expert before taking a detox diet.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Take Care Of Your Body

Well, the first days of summer have begun, and now more than ever we all want to look our best!


If you are not 100% happy with the look, shape and feel of your body, food can become a source of discomfort, confusion and consequences rather than a vehicle for nourishment and enjoyment.


“When you have a poor body image, you may be driven to diet, have difficulty enjoying food and restrict your food intake in unhealthy ways,” says Susan Albers, PsyD, a clinical psychologist at the Cleveland Clinic and author of Eating Mindfully: How to End Mindless Eating and Enjoy a Balanced Relationship with Food.


Paying attention to what, when and why you eat will not only lead to greater satisfaction, but your jeans and summer clothes may fit better too! Let's look at some of the positive things you can be doing immediately to take care of your body:


STOP Unhealthy Snacking

Kick the cookies and unhealthy snacks to the curb. Focus on eating small, nutritious snacks, like nuts, in the late morning and afternoon for a boost.


DROP Unwanted Pounds

Begin moderate exercise such as walking to help get rid of any extra weight. Track your steps and see how far you can go with a pedometer ~ aim for 10,000 steps a day for maximum benefit!


GO FOR Tighter Abs

You can strengthen your core and improve your body image through abdominal work. An exercise ball will help you sculpt your abs and tone your arms and legs - and you can do it from the comfort of your home.


If you are looking to get a "jump start" for your body's needs that complement your efforts, look to our recommendations of all natural supplements for energy, body sculpting and weight loss!


Enjoy Your Memorial Day Weekend!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

5 Easy Ways to Bring your Health Back into Focus

Here are five easy ways to bring your mental and physical health back into focus!

Eat well. Chemical additives, unhealthy fats and sugar stress you out on a nutritional level. Choose fresh fruits and vegetables, 100% whole grains, lean meats and healthy fats, including nuts and seeds.

Drink water. Soda pop, sugary juice drinks, teas and “power” drinks with artificial sweeteners and synthetic vitamins barely hydrate you, let alone provide any true value. Drink eight to ten glasses of filtered water each day instead.

Exercise. Regular exercise not only relieves stress, it also releases feel-good hormones and increases your energy level.

Relax. Set aside time for daily prayer, meditation, or reflection. Learn the simple art of deep breathing. Take time to have some fun with friends and family. Schedule a monthly massage and time out for a Body and Facial Applicator! Taking the time to run a bath, roll a towel up behind your neck, lie back, and relax while the herbal mask delivers intense anti-aging benefits into your skin can be simply blissful.

Supplement. Include an advanced formula multivitamin, mineral, and antioxidant supplement as a general basis for good health such as Its Vital™. Another great product from It Works is Confianza™, which specifically helps your body deal with the stresses of everyday life.

Great suggestions from Dr. Don Verhultz to be the best you can be for Spring!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The Four Stages of Stress

Which One Are You In and How Can You Get Out?
(Credit to Dr. Don Verhulst)

Whether it's the upcoming summer activities for your kids, tax season, or everyday work worries ailing you, springtime is stress season. And that can bring imbalance to our health if we are not careful!.

Stress can cause a host of immediate physical symptoms, from headaches and indigestion to fatigue and weight gain. Stress is also the number one enemy of your immune system. Learning to manage our stress load is critical to our mental and physical wellbeing.

Fortunately, you can track your stress levels by familiarizing yourself with the signs of stress cycles. Knowing when you are in a productive state and when you need to take a few minutes to relax is key to keeping your stress levels under control.


LEVEL I

Level I is the body's first signal that it needs a break, and it manifests through subtle signals. You start to get fidgety, you start yawning and sighing, or wanting a snack. You may also notice an inability to concentrate and recalling familiar facts and words. These are the body's first way of signaling that you are experiencing stress.


LEVEL II

The second stress level is deceptive in that it does not feel at all like stress. We experience a surge of endorphins that make us feel good, energized, and highly alert, which is the body's natural stress response system. The problem is that many of us allow our bodies to repeat this cycle several times throughout the day, depleting resources and impairing normal physiological functions.


LEVEL III

Although you may feel invigorated during level III of the stress cycle, your body is running out of steam. Your memory, performance, and critical thinking falters; you begin to feel physically and mentally fatigued, and lose your sharpness. We all know these symptoms; but we often fail to realize that they are caused by ignoring earlier signs of stress.


LEVEL IV

Level IV stress is the danger zone we enter after being continually in a state of level III stress. The body becomes overwhelmed, and reacts chemically with a flood of powerful, damaging stress chemicals. Beyond physical and mental exhaustion, symptoms progress to more serious stress-related disorders including insomnia, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, immune system dysfunction, depression, anxiety, breakdown and a shortened lifespan.


How can you beat stress before it beats you?

The simplest way is to set aside time to relax when you notice you are entering into a stress cycle (at level I, ideally), so that you avoid the body's progression into higher levels of stress. As little as 20 minutes of relaxation once or twice per day can create significant benefits by neutralizing the effects of stress on your body. Make sure you set aside time for some peace and quiet, exercise, and relaxed, nutritious meals.

Stay tuned for upcoming post on five easy ways to bring your mental and physical health back into focus!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Jump Start 2010 with a Detox Program!

If you are really ready to make some positive changes in your life and overall health in 2010, start with a great detoxification program! As toxins play a huge role in overall health and disease, it is critical before embarking on any New Year's plan to "blitz" your body and give it a clean slate! (If your body is already in ill health, make sure your adrenals are well supported and check with your doctor in advance.)

There are many great detoxification protocols you can follow, but the best incorporate many techniques including some kind of infection control, immune system building, foot baths, sauna treatments and internal cleansing. We are currently reviewing several detoxification protocols and products, and will keep you posted on our best recommendations.

Once you have selected a detox protocol to follow, make sure to follow up with a good maintenance program that includes eating well with whole, rich organic foods, and begin working in a mild to moderate exercise program that suits your specific interests. Don't leave out nourishing your spirit and mind as well! A healthy, positive mindset is a key to healing and overall good health.

Until next time, drink lots of pure alkaline water, and make positive choices that will ultimately benefit your long term good health!