Can Periodic Low Calorie Eating and Cleansing Improve Your Health?
With today’s skyrocketing complaints of acid reflux, bloating, weight gain, skin problems, gut pains, irritable bowel, constipation and fatigue, it seems logical that giving your colon and entire digestive system a tune-up and a break periodically might be a grand idea.
Research on low calorie eating has shown it may not only be healthy but actually add years to your life. Scientists have known for some time that a restricted diet can extend the lifespan, but new research shows that adopting a lower calorie eating plan later in life can reduce the negative effects of aging.
A British study on the effects of intermittent low calorie eating released this last year revealed that giving the gut a break with low calorie eating reduces the accumulation of “senescent cells” (cells that no longer replicate). Once a cell no longer replicates it becomes senescent and accumulates in the liver and intestines, thus the process of aging sets in—for some, more pronounced.
I am a fan of periodic low calorie eating and cleansing, due to the increasing number of patients I see with intestinal-related issues and weight gain. I am continually amazed at how quickly patients recover from these issues when they begin eating clean and are on a guided low calorie program. Many times the notorious symptoms of bloating, gas, weight gain, fatigue and skin disorders that often go along with poor eating habits and excessive calorie consumption will disappear in days after being on a guided program. In addition, balancing the intestinal flora (bacteria) and guiding patients to stop eating foods that are irritating to their gut can produce significant results in short periods of time.
Several years ago and after much research and working with specialists in the field, I designed a diet that people could use periodically to help lose weight, give their gut a break and balance the healthy bacteria in their intestines to create a leaner body, less digestive problems, healthier looking skin and reduced aging effects. This program, using a healthy combination of proteins, carbohydrates and fat with supplements aimed at improving the right balance of bacteria in the gut, has shown to help thousands of people not only reach their weight and body fat goals but feel better while reducing ongoing nagging medical complaints.
If you’ve been tested and evaluated by your medical providers, but are still experiencing ongoing bloating, gas, weight gain, constipation or skin problems, you may want to consider the following suggestions for cleansing and balancing the gut.
- Drink filtered water. Many people drink much less water in the winter. The obvious benefit of drinking water is that it replenishes an ingredient essential to your body. Nearly 60 percent of your body is water and lack of water slows your metabolism and interferes with healing. Drinking adequate water aids in toxin removal, removal of old cells and replacement with new tissue. The amount of water you should drink daily as an adult is a minimum of eight glasses, and more if you are heavy—divide your body weight by 20 to deduce the amount of ounces of water you should drink per day.
- Eat a minimum of six servings of veggies per day. Consider a fiber supplement in addition to eating a high fiber diet. Fiber helps food move swiftly through the GI tract. It also feeds the beneficial flora known as Pro-biotics. Without enough fiber, the food will move too slowly through the intestinal canal, resulting in putrification (decomposed waste), bringing elimination to halt and increasing symptoms of gas, constipation, pain, bloating and eventually weight gain and skin related problems.
- Consider adding two tablespoons of flaxseed oil or ground seeds to your diet daily to lubricate the GI tract and serve as a carrier for vitamin A.
- Increase killer spices in your diet to help ward off overgrowth of bad bacteria, such as garlic, onions, cloves, cayenne, sage and fennel.
- Peppermint tea helps with gas, and stomach upset.
- Avoid all sugar and foods made with flour as often as possible. These foods irritate the gut by typically increasing the overgrowth of yeast, create instability in glucose (blood sugar) and typically lead to more cravings and weight gain. Consider non-wheat breads and non-flour carbohydrates for balance.
- Take a daily Pro-biotic supplement to help replenish the correct bacteria in your gut. Make sure that the there is an adequate count of beneficial bacteria in the selected supplement (I recommend Yeast Cleanse).
- Consider a medically guided low calorie diet for 14-21 days at least twice yearly to help reduce the burden of constant over-eating and negative effects on the gut health.
Be conscious of what you are eating and drinking daily. Consider how you feel when you eat foods that are packaged, filled with artificial ingredients and provide no nutritional value. Any time you put food through a man-made process of any kind, you change its structure and therefore change the way it is used by the body. By purchasing products that are as close to natural form as possible the better off you will be.
The sooner you can master the above suggestions and get back on track, the sooner you may find that your ongoing digestive and health complaints will improve dramatically, while reducing the effects of aging.
Best of health to you!