Thursday, May 19, 2011

When Diabetics Detoxify, Weight Loss Follows

When diabetics detoxify, weight loss follows. But the best way to detoxify is to make a simple change in the food you eat.

There are at least two ways to detoxify. One is to purge your system of toxins. The other is to let your body take care of toxins at its own rate. All you need to do is to stop adding to the problem.

Water fills your stomach and blunts your appetite, at least until it passes out of your stomach and into your intestines, which takes only a few minutes on an empty stomach. When you consume water that is incorporated with food, however, that water stays in your stomach, making it easier to feel full while eating less, until the food that contains it is fully digested. And the process of digestion breaks down organic particles that have toxic and allergic effects.

Soup Isn't Just Good Food, It's Detoxifying

Soups that are simmered a long time (at least two hours) create unique particles of food chemically combining their ingredients in ways that take a long time to digest. As long as these particles linger in your stomach, the whole contents of the soup, water included, will stay in your stomach along with them.

Nutritionist Barbara J. Rolls of the University of Pennsylvania Medical School and Penn State University has conducted over 250 clinical trials of soup and other moist foods in regulating appetite and food consumption. She's found that beginning any meal with a bowl of soup (and it doesn't have to be a big bowl, one cup/240 ml is enough) allows eaters to feel satisfied eating 100 to 250 calories less during the rest of the meal.

What If You Have the Urge to Re-Toxify?

Feel hungry later? Instead of reaching for pretzels or walking down to the candy machine, have another bowl of soup. It takes a little planning, but you can make soup in a big batch up to a week ahead.

Salad is good food, too. Plant cells hold water inside walls of fiber. As you chew raw vegetables and fruit, some of the juices inside are released. As these foods are digested in your stomach, more of the watery juices inside the cells of the food are released into your stomach, filling you up, but the whole contents of the meal stay in your stomach until the whole meal is digested.

Salads and raw vegetables are not as complicated as soup, so they don't take as long to digest. It takes more salad to fill you up than soup. Again, we don't recommend stuffing yourself on salad. Starting a meal with salad or soup, or both, is just a great way to slow down your appetite so you fully enjoy your meal. You may enjoy the food so much that you don't even eat all you can.

Isn't this a lot easier than doing a liver flush or a colon cleanse? The body can take care of its own detoxification, if we just give it the space. Soup and salad are simple, detoxifying interventions that help the body recharge with pain.

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