Hehe! I just read this article over on Food Babe and she certainly seems to be a bit fired up on this one!
OK, so the deal is that as far as detox goes there have always been conflicting reports as to the effectiveness of one program over another or in the case of the medical profession, that it does not exist in the first place.
Let’s face it, this is another of those ideas that has become so confused by the dodgy claims of the unscrupulous that now everyone is all “for or against.”
As usual I think the truth lies somewhere in the middle so here goes.
I don’t think there is any kind of substance, additive, supplement or whatever that will detox your body by itself.
I think that you body is perfectly capable of detoxing itself given the right conditions.
I also think that this internal detox system in the modern era is most often in a state of being overwhelmed and to a greater or lesser degree for many people has effectively shut down.
I think the answer is that there are a number of foods and supplements which over time can help the body claw it’s way back to running efficiently enough to re-start it’s own detox system.
I think that if you can get that system going you can detox your body up to a point.
However beyond that point you may need to give it additional help when it comes to toxins that it was never really designed to handle.
Certain substance may need to be “processed” by the body or “bound” to other substances to get them into a form the body can deal with.
So, 7 day detox diet using only green drinks?
I think not.
Long term and intelligent health choices aimed at the working parts of your own detox system… absolutely.
What Your Poop Says About You (For Serious)
Poop, it’s the conversation we need to have but don’t really want to have.
But you see the thing is that regardless of our social training and reaction to the subject the state of your poop really does provide a wealth of information as to how your body is functioning. here are a few of the main points to learn and watch for.
Those Crazy Sugar Guys Are at it Again!
So as we bid farewell to the Olympics I think it is time to reflect upon what critics of the sugar industry in the U.K. called “a carnival of junk food marketing!”
There is no doubt that the Olympics run in any country is an expensive affair and it must be quite difficult for host countries to turn down offers of millions of dollars from the likes of McDonalds and Coca-cola to offset those costs.
However I also think there comes a time when we all have to say no, that really it is quite inappropriate to be promoting an array of awful junk food to a worldwide audience and positioning it against the athletic elite.
Honestly, that’s just crazy and you may as well introduce tobacco sponsorship back into the mix!
Hopefully by the time we get to Tok0yo things may have shifted but in the meantime check the article below for a great explanation of how junk food marketing companies are trying to muddy the water and deny the effects they are having on our health.
One of the “great deficiencies” of our time that largely goes unnoticed is magnesium.
I have blogged about this before but it bears repeating.
Magnesium is one of those minerals that is key to a vast number of processes in the body and when you take into account that the endocrine system runs on minerals you start to get the picture.
So what happened to our magnesium?
Well the answer to that lies quite simply in modern food production.
Most of our natural sources of magnesium have been compromised by mass production, mass processing, handling procedures designed to deliver a “good looking” product and the whole range of things that we have done to our food supply.
Probably chief among them would be the selective breeding of vegetables that give a consistent product with a long shelf or storage life as opposed to any consideration as to nutritional value.
You know, the same old same old.
So if you are looking to up your magnesium intake a little then why not combine it with a natural beauty routine as well!
The link below goes to a recipe for a magnesium rich homemade lotion that is not just good for your skin.
Given that you can quite efficiently absorb minerals through the skin you just may find there are added benefits.
Below this entry there is a link to a pretty decent article on the subject of intuitive eating.
Intuitive eating as the name suggests is based on the idea of eating or “creating” your diet outside of established guidelines of any kind and simply “listening” to what you body wants.
Of course the initial reaction to it is that hey, my body is telling me to eat chocolate 24/7 so that’s what I will eat!
Of course that is absolutely falling outside of what is intended by the practice but it is that very reaction that can uncover some problems with it.
As man developed as a species he generally moved in the direction of going from opportunistic eating to activities that ensured sufficiency.
In other words he started off eating whatever he or she could get his hands on tempered with the requirement that whatever it was is wasn’t going to kill him.
Essentially eating was an all day foraging exercise interspersed with opportunistic hunting episodes.
As man went forward his intelligence came into play more and more we was saw the development of longer term strategies for survival that involved regular migration to known points of food sources throughout the year or based on seasons.
Finally we saw the cultivation of crops even in rudimentary terms as well as the domestication of animals.
Throughout this entire time the subject of eating was pretty much based on what you could find or what you had on hand.
If we then cut to modern man we have just about none of that in play.
We have not only an abundance, we have an abundance of choice coupled with an abundance of really bad choices!
Human bodies that are way outside the realms of “normal” when placed into the context of their overall development.
Lives that are nothing like the lives that were led when it all started and lifestyles that are so removed from a “natural” lifestyle that it is hard to imagine that these bodies, our bodies are worth listening to on just about any subject.
So for the me idea of intuitive eating kind of falls down a bit on these and many other points.
Just take the average American’s sugar threshold at the moment and their dependence on sugar to perceive taste.
This is not someone worth listening to when it comes to nutrition!
Anyway you may feel differently so in the interests of balance check the link below to get the lowdown on intuitive eating.