Everyone wants to nourish their bodies in the best way possible. Sorting out what is good nutrition advice and what is just a fad can be maddening with all of the information out there on the internet. Lots of diets pop up and become trendy for awhile, but they lack science. They also are not meant to work for every body in every situation. There are no simple answers when it comes to nutrition. The following are six of the hottest trends in nutrition but take them with a grain of salt.
Jumping on the juicing bandwagon can be enticing. If you only drink juice and eat nothing else, you may lose weight quickly but you will gain it back long term after juicing stops. The body cannot sustain low-calorie eating for a long period of time. Juicing removes fiber so you may be drinking straight sugar, which is not healthy just by itself. Juicing is great as a supplement but protein-rich smoothies are better for a quick (balanced) approach to meal planning.
Ingesting bacteria to boost health is nothing new but it has been taken to a whole new level lately. The one hitch is this: only certain probiotic strains help with immunity so you cannot be guaranteed to get enough in yogurt or kefir.
Celiac disease is quite serious but gluten sensitivity is not as common as people think. Gluten-free is all the rage at the moment but trying to do it just because it is trendy doesn’t mean it’s healthy. Add nutrient-dense foods such as veggies, legumes, beans, and high-quality proteins for a more well-rounded diet.
Eating less sugar can help lower risk of depression and fatigue. Cutting back on sugar is never a bad thing, when done in moderation. Work on incorporating whole foods and veggies then lower sugary drink and sweet intake for a more balanced diet.
There is no evidence to suggest a skin detox helps long term but short term it can be helpful to cut back on too much sugar or caffeine. A lot of high-protein, high-fat diets can be detrimental to health, too, so it is best not to detox until speaking to a doctor about the right diet for you.
The trend that is newest is eating a full-fat dairy diet to prevent cancer. Eating cheese, yogurt, and drinking whole milk are believed to help improve health and prevent cancer-causing cell formation. The real verdict is that you should not overdo it on saturated foods. There is no evidence this has positive health benefits in fighting cancer. The biggest thing to keep in mind, especially when fighting addiction, is that trendy and fad diets may not be healthy. Addiction strips the body of essential nutrients. Always work with a treating physician and therapist to determine the best route to go for nutrition advice that understands your unique situation and dietary needs.
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