Why Should you Try a Plant-Based Detox?

The Foods We Choose Matter

A Standard American Diet (the SAD way of eating) is one that’s full of processed Franken-foods, inorganic vegetables and fruits, refined grains that are stripped of nutritional benefits, low quality fats and oils, and large amounts of animal products like meats and dairy. These products deprive and deplete us of key nutrients, and make it too easy to overload or undernourish our bodily systems.

Typical Ways of Eating Can Lead to Problems

The SAD way of eating creates for our bodies an inner environment prone to disease and disorders. Think, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, obesity, bone and joint damage, chronic pain, autoimmune conditions, dementia, and mental illness. Some early signs of a toxic lifestyle or way of eating may include acne, eczema, headaches, PMS, constipation, IBS, heartburn, mood swings, anxiety, muscle fatigue, brain fog, increased frequency of urination, or feeling exhausted after eating a meal.

A Plant-Powered Way of Eating to the Rescue!

While a SAD way of eating can lead to illness, a plant-based way of eating can do the opposite. An eating pattern high in plant foods (vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, legumes, nuts, seeds) encourages normal body function and healing from within. Diets higher in plants have been proven over and over again to prevent or reverse many of the conditions and symptoms described above. This has been shown through research on population-wide diet patterns, observations of health outcomes correlated with lifestyles, and high-quality scientific experiments using human subjects.

By taking a few weeks to eliminate some of the major dietary culprits that can, when used in excess, lead to illness, we are giving our body a well-deserved break and a chance to heal from within. Also, you are what you eat. Literally, what goes into the body is what is used to create every element of the body. And what you consume either activates or deactivates your genetic coding. Your food is the substance and the message. The foods you chose matter immensely.

Plant-Based Diet Benefits

There are many benefits to enjoying a diet high in plant foods. Plant foods are excellent sources of the essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that are required for normal body function. A plant- based eating pattern provides a flood of key nutrients, in the right amounts, on a regular basis. No vitamin supplement can beat the power of real and whole foods. Eating more plant foods allows you to function at your best.

More posts to follow with additional details on the benefits of eating more plant foods!

Published by Okay to Eat

Natasha Eziquiel-Shriro, MS, RDN, CDN

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