It is vital
to provide your body with all the nutrients and energy it requires, not just to
keep the body functioning, but to allow the body to repair and maintain tissues
and regenerate. The body is constantly
trying to heal itself, and a good, well-balanced diet of wholefoods will help
to support the healing process.
As a general
rule it is best to limit the
following foods in your diet:
foods – for example, ready meals. These
are often very high in salt, sugar and fat, and the packaging can give
confusing messages about fat/sugar free contents. They often also contain hydrogenated
fats. These are fats that have been
altered chemically and are abnormal to the body, and can interfere with various
carbohydrates – often “white foods”, for example white bread, white sugar and
white rice. In the process of refining
the original food, many of the vitamins and minerals have been removed, leaving
a food with little nutritional value.
Refined foods are often used in products such as biscuits and cakes, ie
foods that are very high in sugar and fats.
drinks. These drinks often contain very
large quantities of sugar, or the diet versions contain artificial sweeteners.
Fizzy drinks leach vitamins and minerals out of the body and can unbalance the
Sodium and Potassium stores in the body. Phosphates
in fizzy drinks make the body tissues very acidic.
Aspartame has been shown to be dangerous and diet fizzy drinks have been linked to increased risk of both diabetes and cardiovascular disease(see our research pages).
– for example nicotine, coffee, tea, alcohol.
The liver is the major organ of detoxification in the body, and breaks
down all the toxic products you put into your body. Large consumption of any stimulant puts a
great burden on the liver.
For those that enjoy a fry up, bacon and sausages have both (separately) been linked to cancer. Eating just one sausage or
around three rashers of bacon a day can increase the risk of developing
bowel cancer by a fifth, according to the
World Cancer Research Fund. They state that just 50g of processed meat daily
increased the chances of getting bowel cancer by around 20 per cent