We can improve our well-being in many ways.
There is a simple one that can contribute greatly to our vitality, and that is nutrition. What we eat has a direct effect on our balance.
No animal in nature eats a balanced diet. The cow eats grass, which does not prevent it from producing a very fatty milk.
Neither is the human being expected to eat a balanced diet. He needs to adapt his menus to his physiology more than to his whims or fashions.
It is generally agreed on the following breakdown:
- 55% carbohydrates
- 15% protein
- 30% lipids
But this criterion is not enough. It is also necessary that the food of each group is rich in vitamins, mineral trace elements and enzymes and poor in pesticides and other jewels of industrial agriculture for their perfect assimilation.
But what should we eat?
If we look at the habits of the century-old peoples (Abkalazes, Hunzas, inhabitants of the region of Villabamba in the Andes) we see that they eat :
- Whole grains and legumes
- A variety of fruits and vegetables
- Dairy products (different from ours)
- Little meat
- No pre-prepared dishes from the food industry.
- No preserves, alcohol or margarine.
- No refined products such as: white sugar, white flour, cooking oil.
During the 19th century, an American dentist, Weston Price (1870-1948), was surprised to see the difference in the condition of the skeleton and teeth between the patients in his practice and the skulls found in North America during archaeological excavations. It didn’t take much more for him to decide to abandon his practice and put on his pilgrim’s staff and go for 10 years to meet people living traditionally.
Whether in the New Hebrides, among the Aborigines of Australia, among the Maoris of New Zealand, among the Peruvians, the observations were the same: as long as these populations have not been in contact with the industrial food of the developed world, the teeth remain healthy, the skeleton is strong, the different levels of the face are harmonious, the dental arches well developed.
Eating whole grains allows us to take advantage of their richness in magnesium, calcium, vitamin B1, B2, PP, amino acids and combine them with legumes to make a complete protein. The arrival of the potato in the 19th century supplanted the consumption of cereals without offering the same nutritional richness.
Eating vegetables in abundance makes us absorb a lot of minerals, flavonoids, anti-oxidants (for some), vitamins, fibers if necessary to our long digestive tract. Moreover, if vegetables are harvested late, their fiber content will be higher. The more the vegetable is cultivated naturally, the more mineral salts it will contain.
Is the diet effective?
Poor food hygiene, lack of physical activity, viral attacks… Diet is a quick way to cleanse the body of its toxins, or even to fight against diseases. Provided that certain rules are followed…
- Cures to detoxify
- A diet to deacidify the organism
- The nutritionist’s opinion
- The monodiet, one week with a single food
- Monodiet: advantages and disadvantages
- Resume normal feeding after a diet
The body is constantly accumulating toxins to the point where the various “filtering” organs such as the kidneys, liver, intestines, skin and lungs become saturated. To help eliminate these toxins or simply to regain your energy, specialists recommend a diet. But it is also a way to regulate your weight and lighten your digestive system.
Indeed, in France, the number of obese people is increasing and French people suffer from various disorders (especially digestive) that hinder them in their daily life. For all these people, dieting is a way to cut down on food overload and be in better health
Cures to detoxify
When you are sick, a 24-hour diet is a healthy practice to help the body fight infection. A water diet, which is limited to a high intake of water, is recommended in cases of diarrhea and/or to rehydrate the body, for example, during a high fever.
In the first case, rice water with a light vanilla, caramel or chicory scent should be preferred until full recovery.
In the second case, pure water, salty vegetable broth or a slightly sweetened herbal tea is preferable.
A diet to deacidify the body
Once a month, it is also a good idea to diet for one or two days to “deacidify” the body. In fact, today’s diet favours fatty meats, butter, cheese, cereals and sweet products, which cause an excess of acid in the body, leading to chronic fatigue, joint pain and tendonitis.
By eliminating these foods and replacing them with fruits and vegetables, which help to lower the concentration of acid in the blood, the diet helps to restore balance.
The dairy diet consists of eating only dairy products, in order to limit the acidity of the stomach in case of ulcers.
The nutritionist’s opinion
For those with big appetites, eating “lean” once a week, on Fridays for example, allows you to anticipate weekend excesses and ensure better digestive comfort.
The monodiet, one week with a single food
As for the monodiet, also called cure when it is practiced once a year during one week, it is based on the exclusive use of a food (in raw, cooked or juice form).
Famous, the grape cure promotes the functioning of the colon and fights anemia. But you can also do carrot, strawberry or apple cures, each vegetable and fruit having particular properties on the different organs of the body. For example, carrot cures are recommended for rheumatism.
The strawberry cure is diuretic, laxative, anti-drip and anti-rheumatic, as it contributes to the elimination of uric acid. It also regulates the functioning of the liver and drains the gall bladder.
As for the celery cure, rich in potassium and sodium, it helps to decrease blood pressure and acts on the kidneys, against diabetes and osteoporosis.
Monodiet: advantages and disadvantages
The monod diet is also a way to relearn to appreciate fruits and vegetables, which we are increasingly inclined to remove from our plate.
Be careful, however, if you are tired or if you already have an unstructured diet that does not respect the rule of three balanced meals a day. Proteins are building foods. By removing them from the menus for too long, there is a risk of seeing your muscle mass melt away, to the detriment of vital organs such as the heart, liver, etc.
Resuming normal nutrition after a diet
The other trap to avoid: resuming a normal diet after several days of dieting. It is necessary to restrict oneself during the following days if one wants to avoid digestive problems such as abdominal pain or diarrhea.
Indeed, gall bladder and digestive system are no longer used to so much food, hence the need to reintroduce to start with fish or white poultry, cooked vegetables and cereals such as rice, bulgur, millet, without forgetting a skimmed or semi-skimmed dairy product.
At the beginning of the year after the holidays or the approach of summer, rediscover, without excess, the virtues of the diet. A way to put an end to bad eating habits and start a good one.