1. Wheat: Our Deadly Bread
Bread may be a staple food for you, but for many it’s toxic. The reason is that wheat contains a protein called gluten, and specifically a type of gluten called gliadin, which is exceedingly unfriendly to your digestive tract. Foods that the body cannot digest can pass through the gut wall and are recognized as toxins in the bloodstream. In addition to wheat, gluten can also found in rye and barley.
The common symptoms of gluten consumption:
- • Sniffling and sinus problems
• Fatigue and chronic fatigue syndrome
• Mouth ulcers
• Abdominal bloating
• Crohn’s Disease or diverticulitis
• Poor concentration and brain “fog”
Gliadin Grains to Avoid
Avoid bread, cakes, biscuits, cereals, or pasta made from any of these gluten grains:
- • Wheat
• Triticale (a man-made hybrid of rye and wheat)
Non-Gliadin Grains That You Can Enjoy
- • Oats
• Corn (organic, non-GMO)
• Gram (ground chickpea flour)
2. Milk: It’s a Four-Letter Word
If someone was still breastfeeding at the age of 30-from another species of animal-wouldn’t you consider that rather strange? That is actually what we all do by drinking milk. Looking at it that way, it may not be so surprising that our immune systems often react against milk, as if it were an alien substance not on the body’s “guest list,” and have difficulty digesting it.
Classic Signs of Milk Allergy or Lactose Intolerance
- • Poor sleep
• Chronic fatigue
• Frequent infections
- • Indigestion
• Rheumatoid arthritis
• Rhinitis and sinus problems
Milk Products to Avoid
- Milk (including goat’s or sheep’s milk)
Anything with milk solids
Whey (listed as casein on the label)
Milk Alternatives You Can Enjoy
- • Rice, almond, quinoa milk
• Coconut milk, butter, or cream
• Pumpkinseed butter
• Non-hydrogenated vegetable oil spreads
• Cashew cream (made by blending cashews with rice milk)
- • Eggs
3. Caffeine: Kick the Habit
If the thought of giving up caffeine causes a burst of hostility, then the chances are you are currently addicted to caffeine. Of course, you will probably tell yourself that one cup of coffee can’t harm you, that you’ve read all sorts of reports in the newspapers about coffee being high in antioxidants, that you don’t even believe you could stop drinking it—or even want to. All of this is simply denial that you’ve become somewhat dependent on your caffeine fix and can’t imagine functioning without it.
Caffeine is also found in tea and drinks such as Diet Coke and Red Bull, and the body treats caffeine as a toxin. Many people have experienced a tremendous gain in energy, mental clarity, and improved mood just by stopping caffeine. Blood-sugar balance is the long-term key to both energy and weight control, but you’ll never achieve good blood-sugar stability if you consume a lot of caffeine.
In addition, caffeine is dehydrating and addictive and can make you more stressed and tired in the end as it disrupts normal sleeping.
- • Green tea (no more than two weak cups)
• Rooibos (red bush) tea
• Red Berry or rosehip tea
• Lemon and ginger tea
• Juice (not from concentrate)
4. Alcohol: Give it a Break
Putting aside any benefits a glass of red wine may have for heart health, there is no question that alcohol taxes both your liver and gut. The more alcohol you consume, the more antioxidants you need. This is because alcohol is detoxified by the liver using a liver enzyme called alcohol dehydrogenase, but when you consume more alcohol than this enzyme can handle the liver will instead metabolize the alcohol to chloral hydrate, which knocks you out.
Even before alcohol gets to the liver it has negative effects in the gut where it acts as an intestinal irritant. This then increases the risk of allergic reactions to absorbed particles of incompletely digested food and to the ingredients within the alcoholic drink itself. For this reason, many beer and wine drinkers become allergic to yeast. In addition, wine drinkers may become sensitive to sulphites, which are added to grapes during the winemaking process to control their fermentation.
Alcohol can also cause cancer. Alcohol wreaks havoc on intestinal bacteria and has been reported to convert gut bacteria into secondary metabolites, which increase the proliferation of cells in the colon, initiating cancer. There is also evidence that alcohol increases the risk of mouth, pharyngeal, laryngeal, and esophageal cancers, and primary liver cancer.
Alcohol destroys nutrients. Chronic alcohol consumption leads to multiple nutrient deficiencies, due to the alcohol destroying nutrients, as well as disturbing digestion and absorption. The B vitamins, vitamin C, magnesium, and zinc are knocked out by alcohol. Drinking alcohol with a meal also reduces the amount of zinc and iron the body can absorb from the food.
Alcohol is dehydrating. In the same way as caffeine, alcohol is a diuretic, encouraging your body to get rid of its fluids. Without sufficient fluids, your toxins will be reabsorbed into the body.
- • Diluted fruit juice
• Mineral water
• Tomato juice
• Fruit smoothies
5. Bad Fats: Stay Away from Bad Trans- and Hydrogenated Fats
There was a time when fats were just thought of as fuel for the body, but now we know that there are good fats and bad fats. The good fats are called omega-3 and 6-essential fats, and we need to get them from our diet. The richest sources of essential fats are raw nuts, seeds, and their oils; and oily, or carnivorous, fish such as salmon, mackerel, herring, and tuna. Sardines are also good.
The “bad” fats are damaged fats, called trans-fats. These damaged fats are found in deep-fried foods and some foods containing hydrogenated vegetable oils. To minimize your exposure to trans-fats, limit your intake of fried, and especially deep-fried food, and don’t buy foods containing hydrogenated fats. Check the list of ingredients in processed foods: if a food has the “H” word in the ingredients, don’t buy it!
Fats to Avoid
- • Fried fish and eggs
• Processed foods with hydrogenated fats
• Processed fat spreads
• French fries and other fried vegetables,
Alternative Foods You Can Enjoy
- • Baked, poached or steamed oily fish
• Poached, boiled or lightly scrambled eggs
• Raw nuts and seed spreads, such as tahini or pumpkin-seed butter
• Raw nuts and seeds