We all deserve an occasional indulgence every now and then, but before we dig in there are a handful of foods we should steer clear of to avoid damaging effects on our body, skin, and overall health. Here is 2 Health’s list of the 4 things to push off your plate for good
Refined sugar is one of the most toxic foods one can eat. It causes weight-gain, intense cravings, extreme energy and mood fluctuations and even depression, anger, anxiety and negativity. Corn syrup, sucrose, lactose, brown and white sugar, and molasses are some of the most common sources of refined sugar that we have to avoid. Healthy substitutes for them are coconut sugar, organic pure maple syrup, organic raw honey, organic stevia, xylitol and fresh or dried unsweetened fruit. Agave had become increasingly popular as a healthy and low glycemic sweetener. It is in fact low glycemic, but it also has a fructose content of up to 90%. That is actually higher than corn syrup, which averages around 55% fructose. So I suggest you avoid agave.
To achieve the highest levels of energy, health and beauty, you have to start working towards cutting out the main sources of gluten: wheat products. Gluten is a highly allergic and commonly toxic food. Eliminating it from your diet will help defeat sugar and carbs cravings, help improve your overall heath, help you lose weight and stabilize your moods and energy flow.
Going 100% vegan is a real challenge. If you are not ready to go that far at least try do be vegan as much as possible. Personally, I am vegan 80% of the time. For the rest, however, I enjoy a little bit of goat cheese, fish and seafood, and light meat.
There is significant scientific evidence supporting the benefits of plant-based, low- acid diet when compared to the average Western diet. Going vegan is worth for the health benefits: increased energy, better digestion, younger looking skin and improved overall health. Well-planned plant-based diets are rich in protein, iron, calcium and other essential vitamins and minerals. The plant-based sources of these nutrients tend to be low in saturated fat, high in fiber and packed with antioxidants, helping mitigate some of the modern world’s biggest health issues like heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
While the dairy industry has advertised for years that milk is essential for our health and especially for the strength of our bones, it is in fact the exact opposite.
When we consume a lot of dairy, it creates a net metabolic acidity in the body. To neutralize this acidity, our bodies draw salts such as calcium and phosphorus from the bones in order to return to their naturally alkaline state. The result is weakened bones and teeth, and highly acidic environment in our bodies.
Furthermore, milk, especially when non-organic or local farmer produced, may contain hormones, antibiotics, and chemicals that cause endocrine disruption and have been associated with developing certain cancers. Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH): a genetically engineered growth hormone used to increase milk production in cattle, is the most harmful of these chemicals. rBGH, however, is not being labeled so even when present, the consumer is not aware of it. To combat the diseases, due to the cattle’s crowded living conditions and food that isn’t a natural part of their diets, farmers often put antibiotics in their food. Those antibiotics end up being part of the milk’s substance and contribute to antibiotic resistance and toxicity in the human body.
Moreover, cow’s milk contains two elements that make it very difficult for the human body to digest and process. The first, casein, is milk’s primary protein. Difficulty digesting protein can cause damage to the intestines and stomach, which can lead to autoimmune and malabsorption disorders and poor health. The second, lactose, is the sugar in milk. It can cause digestive disorders and upset and it is in fact an element triggering lactose intolerance.
Even being aware of all that harmful aspects of dairy, human beings still insist on consuming milk and all products from that milk, even after infancy. Quitting all types of dairy is hard, especially for people from the Mediterranean, but avoiding it is absolutely possible. Drinking milk is the one thing that you have to quit for good. Replace the cow’s milk with dairy-free milks such as almond, coconut, rice or any other nut milk that you fancy. Soy milk is always a no-go! Soy is a low-mineral food that is very allergenic to many people. Additionally, over 90% of the world’s soy production is genetically modified (GMO) and heavily contaminated with pesticides.
Having cheese on occasion is acceptable, but only if you consume organic or farmer’s produced unpasteurized goat cheese. Products based on goat milk have less lactose than cow’s. Moreover, their natural enzymes are closer to those in humans than in cows, which makes them easier to digest. If you are a fan of yogurt it is ok to have some every now and then. Just remember that you have to consume only unpasteurized organic yogurt, preferably home-made and consisting of organic or farm produced milk (goat if possible).
Bottom line is, although today we know that dairy is not as healthy as we were once told it was, eating it in moderation is acceptable. Just try to do it not more than two times a week and buy only organic or farmer’s produced products.
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