Thank you for speaking out about “detox” diets. I agree that they are useless at best and harmful at worst. The best way for anyone in general and diabetics in particular to lose that yucky after-the-holidays feeling is to get back to a healthy diet, which can be harder to return to than jumping on some crazy “detox” bandwagon. Thanks again for your thoughts on this subject, which gets a lot of attention this time of year.
Note: For more details about cleansing and detoxification, refer to The Top 10 Detox Foods web page. Also, refer to Chapter 9 of the Death to Diabetes book, the Cleansing/Detox ebook, the Raw Juicing ebook, the Raw Food Diet ebook, and the Drug Weaning ebook and/or flow chart.
Some detox plans last a few days, other last may last a few weeks. One of the more popular detox plans is “Master Cleanse.” If you’re a fan of Beyoncé, you might recall that she did the “Master Cleanse” in order to slim down for the film Dreamgirls. “Master Cleanse” consists of drinking at least two liters each day of the following concoction: lemon juice, maple syrup (the real stuff), and cayenne pepper. Oh, and don’t forget the laxative tea and salt water flushes. The premise of this plan, as with many detox plans, is to flush out toxins, clean out your colon, and provide just enough calories (from the maple syrup) so that you don’t pass out.
[…] “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead” and read the book Hungry for Change which had inspired my 3 Day Cleanse & Detox program after the new year. So the Juice Reboot was really just taking a chance that it would really […]
Other Herbs: There are so many other herbs that are great for detoxing. Dandelion can aid in digestive health and regularity. Parsley juice is loaded with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants and assists the liver in detoxification and helps to cleanse the kidneys. Milk thistle contains properties that promote liver health and digestive function. Stinging nettle supports the kidneys in their critical role of filtering waste from the body. Neem, which people usually recognize for its antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties, can help to purify the blood and get rid of metabolic waste.
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There is also a growing body of evidence that the antioxidants found in cranberries may reduce the risk of heart disease by reducing LDL (bad) cholesterol, maintaining or improving HDL (good) cholesterol, and lowering blood pressure.
These attacks manifest themselves in the form of aches and pain in the back, joints, stomach, and head, and, then onto the other tissues and organs. This leads to more discomfort and more drugs, followed by more diseases, stronger drugs, hospital best diabetes detox and eventually death – unless the toxins are removed.
Patients who choose this approach must still be aware of protein and fat content in foods. These food groups may add excessive calories and saturated fats. Patients must still follow basic healthy dietary principles.
For those who are taking the baby-steps approach to eating better, this list is even more helpful. Not only are these power foods high in fiber, antioxidants, and vitamins and minerals, they’re also familiar and easy to find. That means you don’t have to hunt down any exotic ingredients or shop at specialty grocery stores to find foods that will help you get on track with a healthful meal plan.
Bottom Line: PAHs are incredibly dangerous to our health, in general and especially for those who have diabetes, prediabetes or are predisposed to either. If we want to lead our best life, we have to take action steps to be vigilant and cut out PAHs entirely.
The reason foods like wheat and cow’s milk have been linked to diabetes is because they contain the proteins gluten and A1 casein. These proteins can cause leaky gut, which in turn causes systemic inflammation throughout the body and over time can lead to autoimmune disease.
However, in our fast-paced world it can be difficult to find the time to prepare healthy meals and exercise, especially, given our schedules and the easy availability and accessibility of convenience and fast foods.
Like spinach, kale is one of those green leafy veggies associated with a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes. In one meta-analysis of several studies, people who ate the most green leafy vegetables were 14 percent less likely to develop diabetes than those consuming the least amounts.
One of the most important is the consumption of unhealthy fats such as heat-extracted vegetable oils, margarine, fried foods, and roasted nuts. Pro-inflammatory fats are also found in meat, eggs and dairy products from grain-fed animals.
If you had told me a year ago that I’d be gluten- and dairy-free, I would have laughed and then served up a huge lasagna. This Italian American practically has pasta running through her veins — which likely contributed to my current health dilemma.
Good for you, Deba! Thanks for sharing your experience. I found it difficult to strictly follow the diet for the long term, but I still follow many of the principles. I’ll be curious to hear if any cravings come back the day after your cheat day.
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