The modern age could easily be defined as the era of metabolic disease. Reaching pandemic proportions, the incidence of chronic illness borne from poor dietary and lifestyle choices continues to increase, and the conventional medical world awaits these patients with open arms – ready to prescribe drugs which only treat the symptoms, and never the root causes of failing health.
Somewhere along the way, we have disregarded our intuition – that a life full of vitality and energy is achieved by continually striving to create balance. If we do not mindfully eat, breath, move and live, our bodies take over in a quest called homeostasis. In the case of diabetes (type 2), we are made to believe that the issue is caused by resistance to sugar-lowering hormone. At this point, it is so important to realize this resistance is a condition which we are personally responsible for – occurring because we have flooded our cells with too much sugar. In essence, it is the body’s way of protecting itself, because if we eat too many foods which are broken down into glucose – the biophysical consequences are fatal.
What does sugar-reducing hormone do?
For a glucose molecule to get into our cells, it needs sugar-reducing hormone. This hormone is secreted by the pancreas and could be likened to the key that opens the door into our cells. Without this hormone, glucose remains in the blood – and in the case of diabetes, the body is unable to convert the food that we eat into energy, because, in response to the potentially fatal levels of elevated blood sugar, our cells become resistant to sugar reducing hormone. Effectively it is like dying of thirst while being on a raft in the ocean, surrounded by water, but unable to drink.
It is foolish to believe that treating resistance of sugar reducing hormone in isolation holds the answer – functionally speaking, we must discover why the condition occurred in the first place and alter our diet and lifestyles to correct it. By completely cutting out the foods which caused an over-abundance of glucose in the blood, the issue can usually be quickly and effectively resolved. The most effective way to reset the body and change our biochemistry is through fasting and detox. After this, we have the perfect foundation to alter our diets and lifestyles to prevent the disease reoccurring and stay off the medication which most patients end up taking for life.
An effective cleanse is necessary
By embarking on a supervised detox – such as a green juice fast or master cleanse, blood sugar can return to normal levels – at which point, a 21-day raw food program should be followed. Because inflammation and often go hand in hand, it is crucial to effectively cleanse from the foods which contribute to inflammation, not just those which cause high blood sugar levels. Typical allergens include dairy, wheat, alcohol and caffeine – and the best way to eliminate these is by following a medically supervised detox program.
By thoroughly “cleaning the house,” a detox program has the added benefit of clearing toxins from medication, processed food, herbicides and our environment. These toxins are often stubbornly clinging to our tissues, particularly in the fat cells – which can make it even more challenging to lose weight. With such a strong link between obesity and type 2 diabetes, returning to a healthy weight is of the utmost importance. Because stress is also a trigger for inflammation, taking part in a detox program where active relaxation techniques are taught, is very beneficial. Not only does this contribute to the transformative power of detoxing, but it is also a useful skill to have in our mindfulness toolkits. It is much easier to make good choices regarding our food and lifestyle, after some deep, calming breaths!
Create a healthy life at home as well
During a professional detox program, the skills and knowledge required to create a healthy life at home must be learned. Following a deep cleanse, a strict plant-based diet is recommended. Common allergens should be avoided for 21 days – this includes all grains, most fruit (except for berries and green apples) and starchy vegetables and legumes. Coffee and alcohol should also be abstained from. High fat, plant-based foods can be eaten in abundances – such as raw & soaked nuts and seeds, nut butters, hemp and nut milk, flax and chia seeds and high-quality oils like extra virgin olive oil. The bulk of meals should consist of raw, organically sourced vegetables in all of the colours of the rainbow.
The energy, clarity and feelings of mental and physical lightness following a diabetes program often feel more remarkable than the enormous achievement of becoming diabetes-free. Once this period of cleansing and healthy eating has been completed, returning to a balanced, plant-based diet is encouraged. The principle of 80/20 – 80% raw and 20% cooked food is an excellent maintenance plan. The focus should always be on consuming nutrient-dense foods, especially when reintroducing carbohydrates. Rather than eating bread, pasta, white rice or cooked potatoes, healthier choices such as quinoa, brown rice, sweet potatoes, Ezekial or sprouted bread, kelp noodles, etc.
Get ready for a total lifestyle transformation
Part of the benefit of embarking on a diabetes program is the total lifestyle transformation that most patients undergo. Tastes and cravings change – and often the unhealthy foods and drinks that were enjoyed before, become unpalatable. Though some patients do go back to have moderate amounts of dairy or gluten, most find that the brain fog and sluggishness that follows too undesirable. As with all things in life, consistency is vital – so continuing to mindfully make good choices is the only way to remain healthy.
The LifeCo Diabete Detox Program to transform your life
The LifeCo offers an effective diabetes detox program, which has helped so many of our patients not only reverse diabetes but transforms their lives. Under the expert guidance of Dr Thomas Lodi, and several other collaborative physicians and researchers, we are well equipped to help our patients to eradicate this disease. The LifeCo’s excellent reputation for detox, coupled with adept medical supervision makes it a very safe and reliable place for such a big undertaking. On the pristine beaches of either Bodrum or North Phuket, this diabetes program is one of the few opportunities to relax in luxury while vastly improving health.