Do you get fed up with hearing all of the latest trends regarding which diet is best?  I sure do.

There is not a “best diet” that fits everyone.

  • You have a unique genetic profile
  • You have a unique microbiota profile
  • Your body has its own specific requirements

Thus, everyone’s diet needs to be unique to them.

The in thing – Raw Food Diet – can cause just as much congestion and cold in one body as it can eliminate from another body.

The paleo diet – which includes good organic meats, poultry, fish in addition to fruits and vegetables – can be great for some bodies and detrimental for others

To claim that most of India are vegetarians and that provides some sort of evidence for vegetarian diets fails to acknowledge that many of the Ayurvedic protocols include meat, poultry, fish etc.  The same applies to the old predominant Chinese diet that was predominantly rice based.

To claim that because we do not have the canine teeth that other meat eating species have, fails to recognize that :

  • we use our hands to work food before we ever put it in our mouths
  • that many animals that have the incisors/canine teeth and are herbivores AND there are huge differences within species

There are many different trendy diets out there that can be useful for a short time:

  • Atkins – focus on prot
  • Cleansing and/or Detox diets:  Master Cleanse,
  • Flat Belly Diet – hi on MUFAs
  • Full fat diet – recognizes that you needs good healthy fats to break down fats
  • South Beach Diet – focuses on proteins and fiber
  • Grapefruit Diet
  • Cabbage Soup Diet
  • Mayo Diet

Whereas other diets are more like life choices:

  • Mediterranean Diet
  • Vegan Diet
  • Vegetarian Diet
  • Paleo Diet

Controversy on cleanses/detoxes

I think the controversy is rather interesting.  First off, we have the claims that detoxes have been around for 1000s of years and then we have the argument that our body’s cleanse and detox naturally, we don’t need to do it.

So let’s look at some logic here.  Of course, our bodies are designed to detox and cleanse (through the respiratory, skin, urine, digestive tracts) but when they are overwhelmed because of bad diets, toxins, etc we need to help out.

They knew this basic logic 1000s of years ago, before we started shoveling in all the extra toxins into our bodies.

But there is another logic here that people don’t seem to address:

  • our bodies work hard to keep a given pH level, especially in the blood
  • our bodies work hard to provide our brain with sufficient oxygen and nutrient at cost to the rest of the body
  • our bodies work hard to eliminate the toxins (both internally produced and externally introduced)

It is when our bodies can no longer do these functions and the compensatory systems are breaking down that we recognize illness.  Some bodies are more capable of compensating for longer periods of time than others and this may be due to factors such as:

  • genetics
  • type of toxins
  • amounts and ratios of microbiota
  • mental mind set, attitude, stress level, etc
  • activity (too much is as bad as too little)

But ultimately, we tend to:

  • pour more artificial, synthetic foods and drugs into our bodies than ever before
  • have less nutrient in our food sources than ever before
  • drink more toxic water than ever before (note throughout history we have had to deal with contaminated water supplies)
  • breath more toxic air than ever before
  • wash and cleanse with more toxic cleaners than ever before

Our bodies have not had time to learn how to deal with all of these corruptions and so yes, we do need to help it out…just like before.

Be responsible, do your research, find a good health practitioner.

Here’s to your health!

For more information, contact: Dr Holly at holly@choicesunlimited.ca

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