Detox & Dieting: How to Lose Toxic Fat for Good

Detox & Dieting: How to Lose Toxic Fat for Good

A steady intake of toxic foods will catch up with you sooner or later and wreak havoc on not only your waistline but also your health. Toxic foods include oils that contain bad fats, refined sugars, grains, processed low-fat or fat-free foods, genetically modified foods and conventionally produced meat and dairy products. Eating toxic foods such as these deprives the body of the essential nutrients needed to detoxify the body naturally. When the body is in such a state of nutrient deprivation, it becomes stressed and stores fat for protection. To put an end to this cycle of toxic fat storage, proper dietary and lifestyle changes need to be made to generate true cellular detox and sustainable, long lasting weight loss.

Toxins affect our hormones and trigger weight loss resistance, so in order to lose weight we have to fix our hormones. Leptin is the hormone that tells the brain to burn fat for energy, however, if the brain is not receiving the correct message from leptin due to toxic overload, the body will not burn its fat for energy. Therefore, when the body is in this state of toxicity, lasting weight loss is not possible.

The fastest and most effective way to jumpstart the release of toxic pounds is to participate in a detox. Choose a program that focuses on replacing bad fats with good fats and features an influx of healthy fruits and vegetables and meals that are either raw or vegan. This program should also feature anti-inflammatory drinks to help reduce the inflammation in the body. It is also important to remove all sugars and processed grains from the body.

Are you looking for a sustainable diet plan and a long term solution to your current state of health? Interested in refining your diet through a detox program? Do you want help to change your lifestyle, but don’t know where to turn? Come and spend a detox holiday here at Santosa Detox & Wellness Center.

For more information, simply fill out the enquiry form below. We are looking forward to welcoming you to Santosa Detox & Wellness Center.

How to Lower the Glycemic Impact of a Meal

How to Lower the Glycemic Impact of a Meal

Are you familiar with the Glycemic Index? The Glycemic Index ranks the carbohydrates in food according to how they affect blood glucose levels. The Glycemic Index gives people away to tell good carbs from bad carbs. It’s a great guideline for carb-counting, but more importantly, an effective way to let people know how slowly or how quickly certain foods cause increases in blood glucose levels as well as spikes in insulin levels.

If you are trying to lower the Glycemic Impact of a meal, it is possible to do so through a few simple methods. Basically, it comes down to understanding that carbohydrates are found in both healthy and non-healthy foods. However, with this understanding it becomes easier to focus on beneficial food combinations and alternative food choices to improve the Glycemic Load of snacks or meals.

If you are unsure, the Glycemic Load refers to the number that estimates how much the food will raise a person’s blood glucose level after eating it. It takes into account the amount of carbohydrate in a portion of food as well.

Although it may sound overwhelming and confusing, what it really means is that each and every person needs to choose better carbs in the form of high-fibre, low GI foods. A diet with a lower Glycemic Load includes one with fewer starchy foods such as

potatoes, white rice and white bread as well as less sugary food and snacks including candy, cookies, cakes and sweet drinks. Instead, eat more whole grains, nuts, legumes, fruits and vegetables without starch. Some examples of these vegetables are asparagus, bamboo shoots, bean sprouts, baby corn, Chinese spinach, artichoke hearts, carrots, mushrooms, salad greens and tomatoes.

Choose whole wheat pastas and breads, eat firm fruits that are not overly ripe and eat vegetables lightly steamed or better yet, raw, so that they maintain their fiber content. If you must eat pasta, cook it al dente, substitute almond butter for regular butter and eat lean proteins such as salmon, tuna or a hard boiled egg. Stay as far away as you can from refined carbs and sugar.

Perhaps one of the best ways to lower the Glycemic Impact of a meal is to eat a plant-based diet full of raw foods. By now, most people are aware of the general benefits of a vegan diet, but a vegan diet can stop the onslaught of many health problems including diabetes. Plus, a plant-based vegan diet can often leave you feeling fuller for longer and allow you to eat less calories when you are hungry.

Lowering ring the Glycemic Impact of a meal isn’t rocket science, however, it does take special thought and consideration. Once you begin to lower the Glycemic Impact of your daily diet, you will start to feel better and know that your blood glucose levels and insulin levels are being taken care of, too.

If you are interested in learning more about Glycemic Impact, a plant-based vegan diet, or detox programs in general, simply fill out an enquiry form below. Here at Santosa Detox & Wellness Center we help you to become a better version of you and our dedicated staff have the knowledge to help you make positive changes in your life. We look forward to helping you on your healthy journey.

Why Are Enzymes So Important For Digestion?

Why Are Enzymes So Important For Digestion?

One of the key ingredients to a healthy digestive system are enzymes. You may be eating healthy, but if your digestive enzymes are not getting those nutrients to your bloodstream, organs and cells, then you will not be receiving the total benefits of a healthy diet. All of those nutrients are so important as they keep all of the body’s systems, especially the immune system, super strong and healthy.

Essentially, enzymes are proteins that serve as a catalyst in bodily functions. Enzymes accelerate chemical reactions in nearly all bodily processes by reducing the amount of energy the body needs to perform these processes. Enzymes are involved in more than 4000 different processes, however, one of the major processes that involves enzymes is digestion.

When it comes to digestion, enzymes break down all of the substances we eat. In short, enzymes break down proteins, cellulose, starches and all other food stuffs. This breaking down of substances makes it possible for the body’s intestines to absorb nutrients. Enzymes begin the digestive process in the mouth, as they’re secreted by salivary glands and work on breaking down starches into sugars. Other digestive enzymes are found in the stomach and the pancreas as well as the small intestine.

Most people may not realize it, but it is quite easy to become enzyme deficient. If something prevents an enzyme from doing its job at its fullest potential, it’s called an inhibitor. Enzymes can be inhibited by a lot of things, including temperature and chemicals. Also, as a person ages their enzyme production slows down naturally. Heartburn, acid reflux, gas, bloating and cramping as well as constipation and diarrhea are all symptoms of enzyme deficiency. Often times if left unattended, a severe enzyme deficiency could lead to high cholesterol, high blood pressure or even more serious diseases such as Diabetes and Crohn’s disease.

One of the most efficient ways to ensure your body is getting enough enzymes and to stop an enzyme deficiency is to eat plenty of raw fruits and vegetables. A raw diet is good for enzymes in the fact that simply cooking or processing food can destroy many natural enzymes. So, the more raw food you eat, the stronger your enzymes become.

Here at Santosa Detox and Wellness Center in Phuket, Thailand, we offer a Raw Food Detox that brings together nutritional science and holistic therapies. The Raw Food Detox encompasses a balanced, nutritious diet of raw food and supplements which keep enzymes, and in turn, the entire body healthy.

If you are interested in learning more about the importance of enzymes and finding a healthy alternative to keeping enzymes in top condition, simply enquire below with regard to our Raw Food Detox. It is a sustainable program that will increase energy levels and keep your body healthy and happy.

Located in the Kata neighborhood of Phuket, Santosa Detox and Wellness Center is a wonderful health and wellness retreat with knowledgeable staff who are dedicated to helping you succeed on your health and wellness journey. We look forward to seeing you here in Phuket soon!

How to Increase Resting Metabolic Rate for Weight Loss

How to Increase Resting Metabolic Rate for Weight Loss

It is no secret that exercise will increase your metabolic rate temporarily, but increasing metabolic rate for the long term is a step-by-step process which includes raising your basal metabolic rate as well as your body’s resting metabolic rate. There is no need to worry as this step-by-step process is not as confusing as it seems, however, it does take an overall commitment to exercise and a desire to lead a healthier life.

What exactly is Resting Metabolic Rate? Often referred to as RMR, Resting Metabolic Rate is the energy that the body needs to perform the most basic functions when your body is at rest. These essential basic functions include breathing, circulating blood and basic brain functions. Basal Metabolic Rate is the total number of calories the body burns while at rest.

If you are hoping to increase your Resting Metabolic Rate in order to lose weight, it is important to evaluate your diet. If you are not doing so already, it is important to eat healthy. Ensure that you eat a healthy breakfast and snack on good for your body options such as fruits, raw vegetables and nuts during the day. Also important is eating more protein foods, and plant-based foods are a good option as they are low in calories and fat. It is also necessary to monitor and control your calorie intake.

Make sure to drink plenty of water on a daily basis. If you are a fan of coffee, try to drink it black instead of adding sugar and milk. If you are a person that drinks a lot of tea, switch to green tea as studies have shown that green tea can increase the metabolism by 4% over a twenty-four hour period. Cut out sugary drinks as much as you can, until you can completely eliminate them from your diet.

Exercise also plays a huge factor in increasing the body’s Resting Metabolic Rate. When developing or revamping an exercise regime, it is important to increase your daily activity. Remember that every little bit helps, so find ways to exercise for at least 30 minutes each day. Incorporate some type of aerobic activity into the routine and also give weights and weightlifting a try to increase your muscle mass. By pushing your metabolism to a higher level, the body can burn fat and fitness goals can be pushed to a higher level.

Alternatively, if you are truly looking to increase your Resting Metabolic Rate, as well as lose weight and permanently transition into a healthier lifestyle, why not try a detox? Here at Santosa Detox & Wellness Center, we have a wide variety of detox programs to choose from that also incorporate fun yet challenging activity classes that will help to kick that Resting Metabolic Rate into high gear.

If you are serious about making a change, simply fill out the enquiry form below and a member of staff will get back to you. Santosa Detox & Wellness Center is located in Phuket, Thailand. Our beautiful, tropical surroundings provide the perfect place to participate in our health, wellness and detox programs as well as a great place to kickstart a healthier lifestyle into a reality.

We can help you increase your Resting Metabolic Rate for weight loss here in Phuket. All that you have do is come and see us. We look forward to welcoming you to Santosa Detox and Wellness Center.

Guidelines to Eating a Healthier Diet

Guidelines to Eating a Healthier Diet

Although intended for health professionals and policymakers, the 2015 – 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the edition that was released in January 2015 outlines how people can improve their overall eating patterns. The Dietary Guidelines are a great way to know the combinations of foods and drinks that should be prevalent in one’s diet.

 

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Each of these three patterns emphasizes a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, legumes, nuts and whole grains. The Mediterranean-style diet cuts out dairy and focus on adding in more fresh seafood and fruit to one’s diet, while the vegetarian-style diet recommends higher amounts of soy products, lots of nuts and seeds, legumes and whole grains.

 

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Some interesting recommendations can be found in the guidelines, but these recommendations should be taken as fact. The recommendations include lowering the daily intake of sugar to less than 10% of a person’s daily caloric intake, moderate consumption of caffeine in adults, lowering the sodium intake to less than 2.300 mg per day while interestingly enough the new guidelines do not put any limit on cholesterol or fat. However, people should still be mindful of the cholesterol-containing foods that they consume and focus on eating foods with less cholesterol and fats.

 

Lastly, although it is not explicitly laid out in the Dietary Guidelines, people should be well aware that there is a need to cut red meat from their diet. If you are a meat-eater, eat red meat in moderation and in its place try fresh seafood, fish cuts such as salmon and tuna, or other white meats like pork. These are all much better for your overall health.

 

Dietary Guidelines and Healthy Eating Habits in Phuket

If you are looking to make a change in your current diet or would like to start incorporating more fresh fruits and vegetables into your diet as well as build healthier lifestyle habits, look no further than Santosa Detox and Wellness Center. Located in Kata Beach on the tropical island of Phuket, Thailand, Santosa is the island’s premier detox and wellness center. We offer a variety of healthy activities and programs at our center including yoga, pilates and Zumba. Santosa also features a wonderful vegan restaurant with stunning views. The vegan restaurant is conducive to the Dietary Guidelines, and it is a great place to start implementing fruits and vegetables into your diet. The vegan restaurant offers a delicious, nutritious vegan buffet every Wednesday and Saturday evening.

 

If you are interested in learning more, simply fill out the enquiry form and a member of our wellness staff will get back to you. We look forward to welcoming you to Santosa Detox and Wellness Center.

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