Detox & Hormone Imbalance: 8 Types of Food You MUST Ditch!
Detox Diet Tip #1: GLUTEN
Pasta (gluten-free is okay), bread, cereal, baked goods made with white flour and white sugar, whole wheat products. Gluten acts as a glue or a thick paste in your intestines which slows down your transit. There is an association between poor functioning bowel, leaky gut syndrome, hormone imbalance, and developing auto-immune diseases such as Inflammatory Bowel syndrome (IBS). So, gluten’s gotta go!
Detox Diet Tip #2: DAIRY
That includes milk, cheese, yogurt, cream and all other dairy products. We’re talking about the non-bio kinds of dairy. They’re full of unnecessary hormones and antibiotics that contribute to the poor gut health and the rapid progression of what we call superbugs. Superbugs are essentially bacteria that are resistant to certain antibiotics.
Even if you are eating bio dairy products, you still have natural-occurring hormones, which may interfere with your endocrine system. On top of that, there are some proteins in dairy products that a lot of us cannot digest. Most people have some form of lactose intolerance, meaning it’s hard for our body to digest and break that the lactose protein found in animal products. So while trying to find the best diet and foods to eat for detox or hormonal control, you should consider cutting down on dairy products.
Detox Diet Tip #3: REFINED SUGAR
All processed sugars have to go when you’re thinking about a detoxing your organism. They’re contributing to our hormonal imbalance and transform into fats that build up in our body. The tricky thing is that refined sugar is almost in every food nowadays, so it’s virtually impossible to eradicate refined sugar from your diet unless you go raw vegan. But you can slowly, and
carefully try to eliminate as much synthetic sugar as possible. It’s a very tedious process, but it’ll be worth it in the end as you’ll feel more energized, and that energy will be sustainable. So fewer highs and lows. And you’ll be proud of yourself for ditching refined sugar. Unprocessed raw honey, cinnamon, and maple syrup are good options if you want to sweet thing up. Organic coconut sugar isn’t bad either.
Detox Diet Tip #4: PROCESSED FOODS
Canned and boxed foods can sometimes be the devil, for their content and the actual can. You should try to compare the amount of sugar present in a box of peaches and fresh ones. Same with salted canned food. Sure, it may help preserve the food in the can, but all that added sugar/salt goes in your body afterward. As if this wasn’t enough, some canned food linings have the potential of disrupting your hormonal balance too, because they contain endocrine-disrupting chemicals. The term is self-explanatory. So when possible, choose fresh food instead of canned.
Detox Diet Tip #5: ALCOHOL
The liver is one of the most important organs for detox. Lots of people detox their liver so it can do its job better. Alcohol, on the other side, does the exact opposite: it poisons your liver, even in small quantities. See, our body does not store liquor the same way it stores sugar or fat. Since it doesn’t know what to do with it, your liver starts breaking down almost immediately. The by-product of that breaking down is called acetaldehyde. Acetaldehyde is a poison. Hence this poison can damage your liver in ways that sometimes are irreversible.
So as much as you can, avoid alcohol while detoxing. Give your liver a fair chance to detox!
Detox Diet Tip #6: CAFFEINE
Caffeine is a natural stimulant found in coffee and certain teas. Most folks know that caffeine has an excitatory effect on our body. But very few know about the inflammatory effect caffeine has on us. Inflammation is the root of most diseases, especially the digestive ones. Try to wean off coffee gradually, to not have those headaches from withdrawal.
Detox Diet Tip #7: HIGH-FAT FOODS
In this category, we include anything from chips to deep-fried foods. Deep fried food is a no-go when following a detox diet. You’ve probably realized that every time you eat a greasy meal you feel full and sluggish. Well, this is precisely what you want to avoid while detoxing. Eating high-fat food during your detox process will cancel its beneficiary effects.
It is my personal opinion that high-fat foods should be ditched out from our diet, detox or not. I know it’s not easy because it’s comfort food, and it tastes good, and it feels good, while you eat it. But the aftermath is always the worst: bloating, indigestion, cramps, and so on. So if you’re not ready to give it up altogether, try to go gradually.
Detox Diet Tip #8: RED MEAT