FOODS TO AVOID
FOODS TO AVOID
Alcohol very dehydrating, may lead to the sebaceous glands (oil) over-producing sebum which may lead to breakouts in the skin.
Alternative sweeteners (Honey and Maple Syrup) will raise the blood sugar level. Taking a break from these ingredients will have a major impact on your cleanse.
Caffeine is a diuretic that can dry the skin and lead to the producing of more oils to compensate. Caffeine can block the cellular turnover of skin cells; the pores can become blocked, leading to skin breakouts.
Dairy products have been shown to cause Candida overgrowth. They also cause mucus that coats the sinuses and small intestines: can promote cardiovascular diseases, allergies and lactose intolerance; can cause acne and skin inflammation and digestive disorders.
Meat especially pork, red meat and processed meat tend to promote an acidic environment. Acne-producing bacteria thrive in this setting. The saturated fat can lead to heart disease, hypertension and high cholesterol.
Nicotine lowers the blood supply to your skin and reduces production of collagen. This will slow healing.
Refined sugar has been shown to cause obesity, Type 2 Diabetes and feel Candida overgrowth in the bowel. It can contribute to tooth decay, acne, compromised immunity and toxic overload on the pancreas.
Refined wheat products have been shown to contribute to obesity and celiac disease, feed Candida overgrowth in the bowel and affect digestive disorders, allergies and cardiovascular disease.
Shellfish may trigger symptoms in people affected with eczema.
Balancing your body
The goal of any cleanse is to remove the toxic waste that is causing a highly acidic environment. It is important that your daily dietary intake naturally acts to balance your body pH. Balancing your body with the proper ratio of alkaline to acid food is crucial in reducing inflammation and improving the health of your skin. Doing this will clear your skin, improve your digestion, reduce cravings, stimulate your immune system.
A food’s acid or alkaline-forming tendency in the body has nothing to do with the actual pH of the food itself. For example, a lemon is very acidic in its raw state. However, once eaten, it breaks down into carbon dioxide and water and leaves behind alkaline minerals such sodium, potassium and calcium. On the other hand, animal products, such as meat or dairy products can leave behind acid compounds such as phosphates, sulfates and nitrates which can lead to inflammation and digestive issues.
Include the following alkaline-forming foods in your diet: some fruits and most vegetables, especially leafy greens, cereal grasses, sea vegetables, sprouts, healthy fats and oils, coconut water, seeds, sprouted nuts (almonds, Brazilian nuts, hazelnuts), green powders (spirulina, chlorella, etc.)
Ending a cleanse
Ending a cleanse slowly and mindfully is very important. When you go back to your daily life of eating, add foods back into your diet one at a time so you can observe how they affect your body. In addition, incorporate the following into your daily life:
o Eat more alkaline than acidic foods (eat lots of vegetables), lower your intake of mucus-forming foods (dairy, sugar, wheat, white flour).
o Eat more organic produce, more hormone and antibiotic-free animal products and meat. Also, seek out products that have not been genetically-modified.
o Include plenty of fresh, whole foods containing the key nutrients for your health and detoxification in your weekly diet.
o Following an anti-inflammatory diet filled with nature’s anti-inflammation foods (salmon, kelp, turmeric, shitake mushroom, green tea, papaya, blueberry, virgin coconut oil, broccoli and sweet potato)
o Support your local farmers market or local farmers; locally grown foods have more nutrition because they’re picked closer to their end use and can be picked when they are ripe.
Become a nutrition detective: read labels and watch out for chemicals that are added to foods to preserve flavor and enhance taste. During the last 50 years, there has been a great increase in the use of food addictives of varying levels of safety. Food additives are man-made substances added to food to preserve flavor or improve its taste and appearance.
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