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To Detox Or Not To Detox

To Detox Or Not To Detox

To Detox Or Not To Detox

One of the most common questions I get from my Nutrition clients, is : Should I do a detox? 

I figure I should share my thoughts with everyone, and so I decided to put it into a blog post this week. 

What is Detoxing? 

The removal of toxins from the body. It's normal and it happens in our body every day! Our body is always coming into contact and creating toxins, and so our body can and does detox itself all the time. 

What are Toxins?

Anything the body deems unworthy such as alcohol, caffeine, drugs, excess hormones, pesticide residue or any chemicals. Or extra waste material our body produces.  It's anything the body needs to get rid of. Here are a few kinds and examples. 

  1. External toxins: food additives, drugs, pesticides, etc. coming from our external environment

  2. Internal toxins: hormones or amino acids which are natural byproducts of normal metabolism.

Detoxification is a normal process that allows our body to function without too much backup in our bloodstream.

How Much Sugar is Too Much?

How Much Sugar is Too Much?

How Much Sugar is Too Much?

It’s official! Organizations and governments are (finally) declaring a maximum amount of daily sugar intake.

While this is a step forward, there are still a few problems. One - they don’t all agree with each other. And, two, I don’t necessarily agree with them either.

We all know sugar is NOT a health food. It isn’t full of nutrition, and excess consumption is not associated with great health.

The problem is that sugar is everywhere. It’s naturally occurring. It’s also added to just about every processed food there is. And this “added sugar” is a factor in many chronic diseases we see today. Sugar is inflammatory. Too much is associated with weight gain, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and cavities. Too much sugar is a huge health risk, no matter how you look at it.

So let’s talk about how much sugar is “too much.”

Foods with High Amounts of Hidden Sugar

Foods with High Amounts of Hidden Sugar

Foods with High Amounts of Hidden Sugar

Sugar is the real culprit.

For many years people have been led to believe that saturated fat is the main cause of heart disease. However new studies have revealed that saturated fat is far less harmful than sugar. It is no surprise that that chocolates, fizzy drinks, cookies, sweets and cakes are loaded with added sugar. But there are other culprits that you might not associate with added sugar.

Theses culprits are the foods which are packed with large amounts of hidden sugar.

A Sugar Free Halloween? Yes! It's Possible!

A Sugar Free Halloween? Yes! It's Possible!

A Sugar Free Halloween? Yes! It's Possible!

Its that time of year- children are picking out their Halloween costumes and getting ready to paint their faces and score some treats from their neighbors.  

I remember painting, creating, and thinking about my costumes long and hard. Its such a fun time of year, and such a great activity to get those little creative minds working. 

One thing that I can't get over- in every store- is the wall to wall shelves of candy! Its everywhere, in grocery stores, pharmacies, hardware stores and everywhere you turn. In this day and age, we KNOW sugar is bad for us, so why do we do it to ourselves? Well, its fun, its colorful, it tastes great, and.... its tradition. Halloween is the time of year when you score as much candy as you possibly can, right?