Do you know the difference between a CLEAN diet and a HEALING diet?

Most don’t, and this is why they struggle to overcome chronic disease and obnoxious symptoms. While eating clean is definitely part of a healing diet, there are certain rules on what and what not to consume, regardless of the purity. So simply eating organic is not the ultimate answer to healing, although it is an important factor.

Check out this highly effective list of recommendations which I used as the foundation for healing my own 13 chronic disease conditions, and for many more people as well, inside the THRIVE Academy. 

Healing Diet Guidelines

  1. Organic – you can’t heal a toxic burden, by continually consuming more toxins.
  2. Highly hydrating – much of your water intake is ideally through water dense foods, and NOT through copious water consumption.
  3. Highly digestible – if your food doesn’t assimilate properly, then you don’t extract nutrients properly and leave decaying food particles which creates inflammation and feeds opportunistic pathogenic microorganisms.
  4. Rich in vitamins and minerals – colourful fruits and vegetables sit high on the list.
  5. Rich in enzymes and probiotics – to facilitate proper assimilation, a fertile and healthy microflora, and healthy detoxification, these two nutrients are required en masse.
  6. High in antioxidants – oxidative stress is a major cause of disease, and these nutrients help slow down and reverse the oxidative process.
  7. High in fibre (mostly fruits and veggies) – a strong prerequisite for healthy bowel movements, fibre is a centrepiece for any required healing.
  8. Highly anti-microbial – infections are a major part of the disease process, so elimination of these pathogenic microbes is essential.
  9. Low glycemic (no processed sugars) – to ease up the load on the liver and to avoid feeding certain digestive problems, a lower sugar uptake is very helpful.
  10. Low in fats – a major component of healing is strong digestive and liver function, and high fat diets only place a burden on that rehabilitation.
  11. Low in animal protein – difficult to digest and not particularly nutrient rich, animal protein is low on the totem pole for a healing diet. The good news is there is PLENTY of plant proteins to satisfy your requirements.
  12. Low in flours and grains – often inflammatory and very dehydrating, flours and grains mitigate the healing process in many ways.
  13. Low in caffeine – caffeinated beverages stress the liver and adrenals, leaving you with less power and energy to heal more stubborn health concerns.
  14. No alcohol – a destroyer of beneficial microflora and a polluter of the liver, alcohol can NEVER be part of a healing diet.

The trick with incorporating these factors is to have medicinal and satisfying foods you can consume on a daily basis in order to sustain momentum and unravel the various infections and nutrient deficiencies which are are the heart of any chronic disease. Once that is in place, and you incorporate a helpful supplement routine, you can start to discover what true healing and health REALLY feels like in a relatively short period of time (2-3 months).

Of course, there are many other holistic factors to consider along with a healing diet, but it will always be a centrepiece for healing chronic disease and should be taken seriously if you want to not just survive, but THRIVE.

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Derek Henry

Derek Henry, Founder of Healing the Body and the THRIVE Academy, used nutrition, supplementation, and a holistic lifestyle to naturally unravel 13 chronic disease conditions that conventional or alternative medical professionals couldn't help him resolve. As a result of this one-in-a-million health transformation and the knowledge acquired in the process, he now educates, coaches, and inspires others to transform their health through a natural and holistic approach. Since 2014, he has helped his THRIVE Academy participants heal over 20 different chronic disease conditions, primarily related to digestive and autoimmune concerns.

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