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FOOD! Are we really what we EAT?

The one thing we have total control over is the food we eat and the food we feed our families!

This week we are going to discuss the easiest way to start detoxing your body from the inside out.

FOOD: The Good, The Bad, and the Fake- Let’s make it simple to get started!

THE GOOD

Promotes Detoxification. Make your plate beautiful! The key is color!

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  • Fresh Seasonal Fruits– Eat what naturally grows in your area when they are fresh, otherwise they are imported and sprayed with preservatives, or picked before they naturally ripen on the plant.
  • Vegetables– Especially green leafy, and deep colored, broccoli, beets, turnips, almost all fresh ones!
  • Lean and Grass-fed proteins
  • Fish- Wild caught cold water fish and fresh local fish, if possible stay away from farm raised fish.
  • Complex Carbohydrates- Quinoa, legumes, brown rice, wild rice, steel cut oats, sweet potatoes to name a few.
  • Healthy Fats– Nuts, nut butters, beans, olive/olive oil, hummus, avocados, grass-fed meat.
  • Fermented Foods– Sauerkraut, organic yogurt, kimchi, apple cider vinegar or kombucha.
  • Water- Avoid plastic water bottles and please don’t drink tap water.

THE BAD…

Avoid these foods that Decrease Detoxification.

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  • Fruits- Canned fruit packed in syrup, high sugar or artificial orange and berry juices.
  • Vegetables- Read labels some contain tons of preservatives. (corn, canned vegetables in sauces or already seasoned, soybean and all soy-bean based foods).
  • Grains- Refined flours, gluten containing: wheat, spelt, kamut, rye, processed oats, barley.
  • Nuts and Seeds- Peanuts and peanut butter.
  • Milk Products- Cow dairy: milk, cheese, ice cream, yogurt, frozen yogurt.
  • Proteins- Conventional beef, pork, luncheon meats, hot dogs, sausage, bacon and shellfish.
  • Fats and Oils- Margarine, hydrogenated oils, commercial cooking sprays, shortening, mayonnaise, corn oil, canola oil, vegetable oil.
  • Plant Proteins and Legumes– Soybeans, tofu, miso, edamame.
  • Spices and Condiments- Ketchup, mustard, relish, soy sauce, barbecue sauce, iodized salt.
  • Sweeteners- white and brown processed sugars, corn syrup, sucralose, aspartame, saccharin, artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives.
  • Beverages- Coffee, Black tea, Soda, Alcohol, Energy Drinks, Sweeteners

THE FAKE…

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  • Eat Organic when possible.
  • Stick to organic meats and dairy when possible and avoid the DIRTY DOZEN!
  • Wash your food in a vinegar and water spray to rid surface of pesticides and fertilizers.
  • Foods are packed full of antibiotics and hormones, read your labels!
Artificial flavorings, coloring and sweeteners are highly correlated with Cognitive decline, including Alzheimers, Dementia and MS.

So, you have to start somewhere, this is a great new beginning!

Remember food is the fuel that provides the power to produce brain and muscle energy. Our digestive system breaks down food into nutrients that our body needs to function.  This is the foundation for our bones, muscles and brain tissue. 

So, think about what you put in your body, Garbage in means Garbage out.  So, start working on changing your diet!  Your body will thank you by having more energy, increased focus and attention and no more BRAIN FOG!

  • Improve your daily food intake by eating whole foods with the majority being fresh fruits and veggies that are colorful.
  • Enjoy Gluten in moderation, if you don’t have any “gut inflammation”.

Ready for a Detox? Let’s make a list for next time you go grocery shopping.

We already talk about some of the foods that help increase our body’s natural ability to detoxify itself and which ones to avoid, but let’s mention more examples:
  • Fruits- Raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, bananas, apples. (most fresh or frozen fruits).
  • Vegetables- Arugala, broccoli, brussel sprouts, bok choy, beans, cabbage, cauliflower, garlic, onion, kale, lentils, radish, turnip, watercress.
  • Grains- Amaranth, brown rice, buckwheat, gluten free oats, millet, quinoa, tapioca, wild rice.
  • Nuts and Seeds – Almonds, cashews, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, walnuts.
  • Milk Products- Non-Diary milks, unsweetened coconut, almond, hemp, cashew.
  • Proteins- Wild caught fish, grass fed beef, organic or pasture raised chicken and turkey.
  • Fats and Oils- Coconut, extra virgin olive oil, flax seed, nut oils(except peanut), sesame oil, sunflower oil.
  • Plant Proteins and Legumes- All except soy, canned beans acceptable if BPA Free.
  • Spices and Condiments- Cocoa, garlic, ginger, pink himalayan salt, rosemary, tumeric.
  • Sweeteners- Honey, stevia, xylitol.
  • Beverages – Purified water, Sparkling water, Organic herbal and green teas.
And remember AVOID these foods in your cart since they decrease detoxification.

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  • Fruits- canned fruit packed in syrup, high sugar or artificial berry juices, oranges
  • Vegetables- Corn, canned vegetables in sauces or already seasoned, soybean and all soybean based foods.
  • Grains- Refined flours, gluten containing: wheat, spelt, kamut, rye, processed oats, barley.
  • Nuts and Seeds- Peanuts and peanut butter
  • Milk Products- Cow dairy: Milk, cheese, ice cream, yogurt, frozen yogurt.
  • Proteins- Conventional beef, pork, luncheon meats, hot dogs, sausage, bacon, shellfish
  • Fats and Oils- Margarine, hydrogenated oils, commercial cooking sprays, shortening, mayonnaise, corn oil, canola oil, vegetable oil.
  • Plant Proteins and Legumes- Soybeans, tofu, miso, edamame.
  • Spices and Condiments- Ketchup, mustard, relish, soy sauce, barbecue sauce, iodized salt.
  • Sweeteners- White and brown processed sugars, corn syrup, sucralose, aspartame, saccharin, artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives.
  • Beverages- Coffee, black tea, soda, alcohol, energy drinks, sweeteners.

We hope this helps you next time you think DETOX and when you go next time to get groceries for you and your loved ones.

References:

Our Children Are … What our Children Eat. Dr. Laura Thompson. 2009
Creating an UltraMind. Dr. Mark Hyman. 2018

WHAT ARE TOXINS?

We are exposed to more toxins than ever before. This week we are going to discuss a BIG culprit that contributes to the “BRAIN FOG” we learned about last week.

Living Hope Wellness hopes to educate and empower you to regain your clear-headedness, focus, energy and yes, JOY!

Everyone knows about the toxins in our environment.  Polluted water, gasoline solvents, air pollution and pesticides sprayed on our fruits and vegetables.

But we do not even have to leave our own homes to be exposed! Just getting up in the morning, taking a shower, applying cosmetics and hygiene products, and eating breakfast exposes us to over 100 chemical compounds! 

There is chlorine in our drinking water and bathing water.  All kinds of parabens and chemicals in our skin care and hygiene products, fluoride in our toothpaste, aluminum in our anti-perspirants, and pesticides in our breakfast.

Toxins are substances that are poisonous to humans.

Normally, the immune system, liver and kidneys work together to remove toxins as they enter the body. When toxin levels accumulate and exceed our bodies capability to remove them, we call it increased toxic burden.

It may not be evident in the beginning, but as time moves on, the effects can be seen in all our body systems.

Here is a nugget you may not know!  Stress and Fear cause an overgrowth of certain bacteria’s in the colon! It is little wonder that we are sluggish, and that Brain Fog creeps in!

WHERE DO TOXINS COME FROM?

Environmental Toxins

  • Pollution
  • Auto Exhaust
  • Solvents (paint/cleaning products)
  • Heavy Metals
  • Pesticides, herbicides, insecticides
  • Radiation/Inhalants

Lifestyle Toxins

  • Dietary Choices (fast foods, fried foods)
  • Refined foods and sugars
  • Artificial additives, colorings, and preservatives
  • RX and OTC drugs
  • Cosmetics
  • Nicotine
  • Alcohol

Internal Toxins

  • Yeast, Bacterial, Fungal overgrowth
  • By-products of metabolic reactions such as carbon dioxide and ammonia
  • Undigested food
  • Stress
  • Unhappy Relationships
  • Unresolved trauma or abuse

OUR LIVER WORKS 24 HOURS A DAY

The liver is the largest gland in the body, a real dynamo.  It assimilates and packages nutrients for use while detoxifying hundreds of chemicals in 2 phases (we will discuss that another time).

Most of the toxins we are exposed to are fat-soluble compounds.  These are deposited directly into the body’s fat stores.  Fat cells are less metabolically active than the other cells in our body. 

The Good News is this reduces the amount of toxins that are circulating freely in the bloodstream.

Bad News is that the fat acts as an insulation to protect our organs. The body will tend to form more fat in which to store these toxins, making weight management difficult.  Especially the “spare tire” that accumulates around the middle.

The body also deposits toxins into other tissues, preventing proper organ function and these negatively affect the heart, colon, liver, brain, kidneys, lungs, skin and even hormones.  The liver directs changing fat-soluble toxins into a water-soluble form so they can be eliminated by the kidneys and colon.

SO, WHAT CAN WE DO?  WE CAN DETOXIFY TO HELP:

  • Reach and Maintain a healthy weight
  • Consume healthy and whole foods
  • Improve Metabolism
  • Achieve Optimal Performance
  • Feel Better. Seek help when need it.

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So, stay tuned for some clear ways you can detoxify yourself and your family!  Just imagine how great you will feel!  Even better, lets instill in our kids how to stay healthy from an early age and never even experience toxic burden!