Eating a clean diet that includes only fresh fruits and vegetables will mean cutting out processed foods and allergens. It can make your body feel amazing.
Allergens can be anything that causes an allergic reaction in your body. Allergens vary from person to person, but among the most common are eggs, soy, wheat (gluten), white and dairy.
Consider the personal testimony of Simone Samuels, raw food chef and blogger for The Wellness Warung on Mindbodygreen.com. Going on a raw food diet changed her taste buds. She stopped needing coffee every morning and her sugar cravings got replaced by more savory ones.
A less drastic change than a raw foods diet would be a vegetarian or vegan diet. Dr. Mark Hyman, a physician, medical director and founder of UltraWellness Center in Lenox, Massachusetts and columnist for Huffington Post, said on Mindbodygreen.com that studies show a vegan diet helps with weight loss, can reverse diabetes, and helps lower cholesterol.
Paleo and vegan diets have a low glycemic load. They are low in sugar, flour and refined carbohydrates.
A diet high in vegetables and fruits is also high in phytonutrients. “Phyto” is referring to plants. Phytonutrients are chemicals that protect plants from germs, fungi and other threats. Phytonutrients can protect your body against disease.
Ideally, diets high in phytonutrients should include foods low in pesticides, antibiotics and hormones. Essentially, this means little to no GMO foods.
When talking about how your body reacts to certain diets, let’s take a look at some culprit ingredients that are known to have a somewhat deleterious effect on the body.
According to Dr. Amy Shah, a Columbia University-trained physician, dairy products can cause inflammation in the body. Some can tolerate dairy better than others. But, for those who cannot, dairy products can contribute to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer and may even increase the risk of osteoporosis.
“Dairy is among the most common food allergies in children. The cow’s milk protein enters the gut and cause an allergic response.