After years of struggling with mysterious health issues and illnesses, visiting doctor after doctor, taking test after test, and spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on my health, it all boiled down to one simple answer for me: toxicity.
Our bodies were built to deal with natural pollution created by digestion, respiration, and metabolism, but they're not designed to handle the enormous amount of artificial pollutants we're exposed to in today's chemical-filled world. The only way to deal with this toxic overload is to assist the body's natural self-cleansing mechanisms with detoxing. One way you can start detoxing today is by supporting your gut microbiome, the place where over 70 percent of your immune system lives.
Hunger and appetite together drive you to do one very important thing: eat. When you feel that pang of hunger, you know what you need to do. But eating is about more than just quieting your appetite. You do not subsist on calories alone; you need a spectrum of nutrients and vitamins to feed your body on a cellular level.
Foods have so much more to them than calories, and yet many people think caloric intake is the bottom line. Au contraire, my friend! The number of calories a food has is merely information, and as with any other kind of information, less isn't necessarily better, just as more isn't necessarily bad.
A 100-calorie snack pack is in no way equal to 100 calories of an avocado. Counting calories is the last thing you should worry about when you're trying to eat clean. A handful of nuts may be calorically dense, but there's a lot of goodness packed in there you can't get somewhere else.
Choose foods based on how they nourish every cell in your body rather than by how many calories you believe they will glue to your waistline. When you're eating clean, believe it or not, those calories don't add up to love handles because those foods will be supporting your microbiome and nourishing your body.
Here are a few ways to detox and support your gut microbiome on a daily basis.