You don’t have to look far for a cleansing or detox diet.
Less than 100 years ago, though, these weren’t terms you ever heard. (In fact, in the early 1900s, the fad diet for awhile was literally starving yourself and it was a cure for all ailments. Craziness.) So what’s the big deal with it now? We’ve been exposed to more toxins.
There are environmental toxins such as PCBs, household cleaners, automobile fumes, toxins from coal-burning plants and pesticides, to name but a few. We can do our best to avoid these toxins, but even if we make the attempt to make our home nearly toxin free, we still need to go out in the world for work or other activities. And then there are the toxins we intentionally add to our bodies: food preservatives, artificial colors, and flavoring, over the counter and prescribed medication, recreational drugs, alcohol, and perhaps worst of all sugar. Yes, that’s right, sugar.
It is estimated that the average American eats more than 100 pounds of sugar a year, which translates into about 500 extra calories a day. Sugar is not just found in that tempting dessert or a fancy cocktail. Take a close look at bread labels, canned goods, and frozen entrees. It is everywhere! So, why should we watch our sugar consumption?
Dangers of Sugar:
• Contributes to heart disease
• Causes belly fat
• Increased risk of diabetes
• Increased risk of cancer
• Effects cognitive abilities
• Contributes to Obesity