While we are all home on mandatory Coronavirus stay-cation, we may not be eating the healthiest foods. Some of us eat out of stress, some out of boredom, some for comfort, and some just do not know what they should be eating. Regardless of why we should be eating to nourish ourselves during this stressful time, so we are ready to jump back into “normal” life as soon as possible in a healthier state.
There are so many fad diets and a million supplements that you “should” take according to television, ads, friends…. but how do you know what YOU need? Doing your research on the science behind each, the validity of studies, and long-term success rates can be daunting at the least!
It seems every 10 years there is a huge fad diet that pops up such as the South Beach Diet, Atkins Diet, Keto Diet, and even more suggestions on supplementation. I found an interesting link I will include later that compared different “plans” and the cost of these fad diets at the end of this article that shed light on many of them. It shows the differences, but it still can not show you what is right for YOUR body. It is a giant guessing game while hoping you are not doing anything detrimental to yourself and fails at least 9 out of 10 times.
As a society, we have lost our taste for real, healthy foods with the incredible amounts of processed or sweetened “foods” that are in the standard American diet or (SAD). We need to start over, clean up our chemistry, and listen to what makes us feel better after we eat as well as all aspects of our life. Most people will start a “diet” for weight loss but if you are eating the correct, nutritionally balanced diet for your chemistry, weight loss becomes a wonderful side effect. I focus on cutting lectins in certain foods that bind to sugar and reduce the body’s ability to absorb nutrients. Leptin is a hormone made by fat that tells you to stop eating because you are full but when the level is too high, our brain can not recognize it and we overeat. When one has too much insulin in the blood and the cell receptors are full, insulin resistance occurs until full-blown diabetes.
How does your diet affect your thyroid?
If you have a slow thyroid or a Hashimoto’s Disease diagnosis you will want to steer clear of Raw cruciferous vegetables but will want to continue eating them steamed or cooked. In their raw state, they can slow down thyroid processes but not so in the cooked form. It also makes it easier on the digestion as it does not have to put out as much energy in breaking down the fiber for your gut probiotics to ingest. If you assumed a raw food diet was best, you could be furthering the slow functions of the thyroid and the gut unknowingly.
So what diet IS best for you?
Luckily, we can investigate your chemistry to see where you have nutrient deficiencies and what your levels of heavy metal toxicity are in the cells on your hair analysis. Without a clear picture of what is needed, it is like throwing spaghetti at the wall to see what sticks. Taking more is not always better and guessing is not a great road map either. Knowing where you are is key to giving your body what it truly needs. We do not have to guess or try wasting your time and money on unnecessary supplements. We can get specific and targeted within your body’s needs. Building our immune system and detoxifying heavy metals or chemicals will not only bolster our immune system but strengthen our cognitive abilities. If you happen to need to lose some weight, it is a bonus side effect of eating correctly for your oxidation or metabolism.
So what supplements are good or bad?
I often hear recommendations given to the public that Zinc should be taken to help the immune system. While it is beneficial it can also be detrimental as it will decrease the cell permeability allowing viruses and toxins inside easier! Unless you know where your cell health is at, you will not want to do more harm than good and assume a supplement is good for you. Read more here. One exception may be Zinc and Quinine during a Coronavirus exposure. The Zinc will open cellular “windows” to allow in an antiviral remedy into the cells to stop it from reproducing and killing it.
Hippocrates said, “Let food be thy medicine, and let medicine be thy food”. You would not take a random medication and hope it works, so why guess at what may or might work with foods and supplements?
If you have a slow oxidation rate or metabolism, you will not want to eat too many fats as it can slow your system. I liken it to thick car oil when a thinner version is needed. Other factors I look at is what kind of oils are you eating and are you digesting them completely.
Most of our nutrition comes from the produce and proteins we eat so knowing what you need to eat more of or less of, is important. When you become nutrient or mineral deficient it slows down bowel motility, detox pathways, energy pathways and allows more toxins such as heavy metals or chemicals to accumulate. The body will stash toxins within your fat cells, tissues, organ, bones, or even in parasites, you may be unaware of that take your nutrition first.
Have you ever considered how healthy is your liver and bile supply?
It is our cleaner and houses our solvent which is bile that breaks down fats like your dish soap disperses grease. We recycle 2/3 of the bile after it has been used so if you are not cleaning it up, you are essentially recirculating dirty oil. If you imagine just adding a fresh quart of oil to your vehicle but never changing the filter or the whole system, that is the effect of not doing any detoxification work. There are some internal supplements that you can take such as Milk Thistle, Dandelion Root, etc. but sometimes you need to help clear out toxins externally. I help my clients take these steps and coach them through detox symptoms so that short term as well as long term, so their whole system improves.
How much water do you need every day?
A good rule of thumb is 1/2 your body weight in pounds should be drunk in ounces daily. More is needed if you are exerting yourself, sweat during exercise, or in the heat. We not only lose water but our electrolytes (Calcium, Magnesium, Sodium, and Potassium) that need to be replaced. Drinking a quality Spring Water is best as it contains natural minerals but you must do some research as some of the distributors will add fluoride or chlorine (hormone disruptors) but not list it on the bottles. Water is also a vital part of detoxifying. If I go back to the car analogy and your radiator has a slow leak, you are not going to be able to cool yourself and eventually not able to run. Making conscious efforts to drink enough is a great first step in self-care.
Bottom line: Use your body as your map to know where you are at, where you need to be and what you need to get where there. The answers are already there, in your hair analysis results!
The article here shows you the differences in “diet” plans including costs, generalized theories of eating to lose weight, and some costs. None of these is a nutritionally balanced, long term diet! Some of them are too low in calories which can SLOW your metabolism or inhibit muscle gains. Some are too high in carbs or fats.
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