When we eat, the food we take in, is digested in our stomachs and converted into energy and waste. Some people however enjoy really excellent health, while others suffer on a daily basis, as this process affects everything we do. How can we improve our health?
Unhealthy Eating Unhealthy eating and digesting, can contribute to many problems such as allergies, arthritis, acne, eczema, excess weight, chronic fatigue, mood disorders and even dementia. Patrick Holford says in his latest article,'Is your gut trying to tell you something?' says, "The gut has more immune cells than the rest of your body and any reactions to food and drink can shut down the processes of proper digestion, absorption and elimination. This can lead to constipation, bloating, diarrhoea and abdominal pain."
Toxic Environment If we have a digestive imbalance then we may have a toxic environment in our bodies. Patrick Holford says,"An excellent place to start is to detoxify your body for two weeks, by eliminating foods that promote toxins and eating more of those foods that promote wellness. Some detoxifying foods potentially contain low levels of toxins, so need to be eaten less often."
Good detoxifying foods Include:Fruit, particularly berries, apples, pears. Click here to learn how to combine different fruit and vegetables Vegetables, all are good, but the following are very good, including peppers, beetroot, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, red cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, kale, sweet potato, tomato. White potatoes should be eaten in moderation. Sprouted beans and seeds are also great. Other detoxifying foods, which should be consumed less often, as they may contain small amounts of toxins include:
Grains- such as brown rice, quinoa, corn and millet
Fish- Salmon, mackerel, sardines and tuna Meat- organic skinless chicken, turkey and wild game
Oils- extra virgin olive oil and cold pressed seed oils for dressings
Nuts and seeds- unsalted nuts and seeds including brazils, hazelnuts, chia seeds, pumpkins seeds, sunflower seeds and flax.
Foods to avoid at all times: Red meat Refined foods(e.g. white bread, pasta/rice) Sugar and high sugar containing foods and drinks Hydrogenated or partly hydrogenated fat Food additives and preservatives.