What shall we do if we have the cravings?

What shall we do if we have the cravings?

When discussing diets, human beings have a habit of reverting back to certain phrases that reinforce negative behaviours; how many times have you or someone else said “I love sweet food!” or “a cup of Americano is a MUST for me to wake up in the morning”?

Although these statements are fit for purpose for describing the everyday short-term desires of our bodies, they leave much to the imagination about what our bodies need. Perhaps we should be asking, “why do I crave these things?” and “what is really good for me?”.

Despite knowing better, we find it hard to break the habit of indulging those cravings and sparking conversations about the delicious treats we all know and love.

What happens to our bodies when we indulge our cravings?

When we feed our sugar cravings, our blood sugar peaks rapidly. This is because all these sweet foods are broken down into glucose quickly inside the body, which makes your pancreas produce large amounts of insulin. This insulin starts to work inside your blood stream, knocking on the doors of all cells that it can reach, and allowing them to open up and absorb glucose as a form of energy. This releases a rapid burst of energy and is why you feel so energetic for a short while after eating sweet thing.

Unfortunately, this energy does not last. The glucose inside your blood stream is used very quickly and results in your blood sugar dropping drastically. What follows is a sugar low.

The next desire of our body is to consume more sugar in order to rejuvenate our blood sugar levels; at this specific moment, your brain will send a signal to take in new energy as soon as you can. These signals present themselves in physical ways such as shaking and making concentration difficult.

So, we should eat more sugar, right?

When we are under this type of “unconscious” condition, our bodies will tell us this is the easiest thing to do because they can turn sugar into glucose quickly, meaning that your low energy condition will be enhanced straight away. However, this is exactly what we should not do. This is the time to break the cycle of blood sugar highs followed by deep lows. The more we feed our bodies sugar, the stronger the cravings become.

We need to find healthy alternatives to sugar in order to sustain our bodies for longer and avoid these crash cycles, as continuing to function in this way will cause long term damage to 3 major organs; the pancreas, liver and the adrenal gland (which reacts to low sugar). Damage to these is the main cause of type II diabetes.

Scientist and nutritionist have undertaken a number of research projects that have revealed that our food cravings can often be a sign of certain nutrient needs.

As such, we seek the foods we crave. For example, if your body needs more Magnesium, chocolate could provide this. When we eat the chocolate, our body responds by memorizing the taste and subsequent feeling gained from it. As a result, the next time your body is short of magnesium, you will grab a chocolate bar without thinking in order to satisfy it.

This is essentially ‘comfort food’ which contains plenty of unhealthy elements that have negative outcomes for our bodies. One way to look at it is that you always lose more than what you can gain from them.

What shall we do if we have the cravings?

Firstly, we should build up our awareness. Try to ask questions about alternative food to satisfy you and attempt to explore the reason behind your cravings. You can simply do a mineral test to find out what you need, take the right supplements and be free of the craving. Once we have the awareness, facing our cravings is easier and you don’t need to follow your unconscious mind and surrender to your craving.

Today, we will introduce the nutrients you may need from your craving and what type of food you can choose as a replacement.

1. Craving for Chocolate

Chocolate craving

You might need: Magnesium
Food Suggestion: Raw nuts and seeds, legumes, and fruits

2. Craving for sweets or sugary items

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You might need: Chromium
Food Suggestion: Broccoli, grapes, cheese, dried beans, calves liver, chicken

You might need: Carbon
Food Suggestion: Fresh fruits

You might need: Phosphorus
Food Suggestion: Chicken, beef, liver, poultry, fish, eggs, nuts, legumes, grains

You might need: Sulfur
Food Suggestion: Cranberries, horseradish, cruciferous vegetables, kale, cabbage

You might need: Tryptophan
Food Suggestion: Cheese, liver, lamb, raisins, sweet potato, spinach

3. Craving for bread or toast

Breadcravings
You might need: Nitrogen
Food Suggestion: High protein foods: fish, meat, nuts, beans

4. Craving for fatty foods

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You might need: Calcium
Food Suggestion: Mustard and turnip greens, broccoli, kale, legumes, cheese, sesame

Food is the fuel for our body. Whether said food is good or bad all rests on your knowledge and awareness of nutrition. We must not forget that a healthy human should always be in balance, the condition of “I must not eat this…” or “I should never eat that” is equally not normal. We can like something and we can certainly enjoy it, but how can we manage our relationship with it?

Have you been experiencing a particular food craving? If so, leave us a message. We will help you to identify what you might need.

Santosa’s detox program is an effective way to identify what is missing from your diet and to get rid of your craving. Our detox center located in beautiful Phuket, Thailand, has a wide selection of detox programs, healthy eating programs, juice fasts, fitness activities, yoga classes and spa treatments to not only rejuvenate your health, but help you to learn how to eat in a healthy way and get rid of your cravings.

For further information, simply fill out the enquiry form and a member of staff will get back to you. We look forward to watching you glow at Santosa Detox & Wellness Center.

To Juice or Not to Juice?

To Juice or Not to Juice?

There is a lot of talk that surrounds juicing. Essentially, the goal of juicing is to supplement your day with all the available fresh nutrients found in juice that will help you feel better, be healthier and in all sincerity, live better. Fresh juice provides the body with vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, carbohydrates, proteins and much more. It’s important to note that all of these factors are vital when it comes to maintaining good health.

Juice

Some of you might argue that you already incorporate many fresh fruits and vegetables into your diet, and therefore, there is no need to juice. However, although eating fruits and vegetables in their natural state does provide sufficient amounts of vitamins and minerals, it only when these items are juiced that they contain the maximum benefits. Much of the deliciousness of fresh fruits and vegetables is locked in the fiber that is expelled from the body.

 

ABC Juice

When fresh fruits and vegetables are juiced, all of the vitamins, minerals, proteins, carbohydrates and essential fatty acids are released from the fiber and into the juice. We drink the juice and the highly concentrated nutrients are able to enter our bloodstream very quickly. How is that possible? When you juice your fruit and vegetables and then drink them on an empty stomach, the liquid juice bypasses the digestion process which in turn allows the juice to be immediately and directly absorbed into your bloodstream and provided to your body at the cellular level. We all know that fruits and vegetables are good for us, but drinking them is even better.

 

Why juice? Let’s be honest, you should juice because it is so very good for you. Juices can flush toxins from the body, and they are good for losing and maintaining weight, great for the heart and circulation as well as your overall well being. Fresh juices contain no saturated fats or additional sodium, and juicing can also help to reduce cholesterol levels in the body.

Green JuiceFruits and vegetables do so much good for the body, and that amount of good doubles when fruits and vegetables are juiced. These foods nourish every cell in the body, help prevent disease, flush the system of toxins and waste and contain so many vitamins and minerals. If you have never juiced, we highly recommend that you try.

 

Juicing in Phuket

Juicing plays an in important role in fasting and detox programs. Here at Santosa Detox and Wellness Center, we offer a Juice Fast Detox program that is a great starting point for anyone who is intent on becoming healthier or interested to jump in to the world of juicing. Our Juice Fast Detox is a gentle cleanse and detoxifying program yet a true and effective method of purifying the body of toxins.

 

If you are interested in exploring juicing and would like further information on our Juice Fast Detox, feel free to send us an enquiry through the form below. A member of our wellness staff will contact you as soon as possible to discuss options with you as well as to answer any questions you might have.

 

Our goal at Santosa Detox and Wellness Center is to help others lead a healthier life. Located on the beautiful island of Phuket, Thailand, in tranquil tropical settings, our wellness center is a welcoming place with knowledgeable, friendly staff who want you to succeed. We look forward to seeing you here in Phuket and introducing you to our Juice Fast Detox.

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5 Reasons to Detox in Phuket

5 Reasons to Detox in Phuket

Are you thinking of trying a detox? Perhaps you have read up on how to prepare for a detox, but still remain a bit unsure as to why you should detox? A detox when done correctly in a healthy, safe and controlled environment gets your body clean and can result in a wide range of positive effects for your health.

Juice Detox in Phuket

 Still not convinced? There are a number of reasons to participate in a detox program and we’ve highlighted some of the most important for you below to help guide you in the decision making process of whether or not a detox program is right for you. Health benefits of a detox include:

1. Remove toxins from the body

Our bodies are consistently exposed to environmental pollutants, pesticides, industrial waste and chemicals. These outside toxins affect our behavior, our metabolism and can often compromise our immune systems leading to a variety of diseases. Detoxing from the inside out removes these harmful toxins, chemicals and pollutants and gives our immune system the healthy jumpstart that it needs.

 

2. Prevent chronic disease

Although our bodies do have a built-in detox function, it can sometimes become overwhelmed. Chronic diseases can be prevented by taking part in a detox as the process assists our bodies in what they are trying to do naturally.

 Detox in Phuket

3. Strengthen the immune system

When our immune systems are compromised, it is easy to fall ill with fever, colds and the flu. No one enjoys being sick as dealing with illness affects our quality of life and our productivity levels. Detoxing regularly helps fight off infection as it strengthens our immune system functions.

 

4. Lose weight

It has been proven that toxins affect the body’s natural ability to burn fat, which leads not only to weight gain but also puts a person at risk for diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure. Detoxing helps rid the body of toxins stored in fat cells and helps to increase metabolism.

 

5. Slows premature aging

Detoxing helps to rid the body of the heavy metals and free radicals which are partially responsible for aging. Detoxing also helps to increase nutrient absorption including antioxidants and vitamins.

 

Detox and our body’s systems

The above five are all really good reasons as to why you should detox. In addition to removing toxins from the body, preventing chronic disease, strengthening the immune system, losing weight and slowing premature aging, detoxing also restores balance to our body’s systems.

Our body’s systems, whether hormonal, digestive or nervous, have been designed to work together with our optimum health in mind. If and when we overload our bodies with toxins and unhealthy foods, the systems don’t work well together and we can get sick. Detoxing brings balance back to our body’s systems and helps them to properly function once again.

 Raw Food Bowl

If that is not enough to convince you to do a detox, it should also be noted that a detox program brings about mental and emotional clarity as well as improving skin quality, increasing energy and boosting our overall quality of life. What are you waiting for?

 

Detox in Phuket 

If you would like to learn more about the detox process or consult with a practitioner to narrow down the perfect detox program for you, look no further than Santosa Detox and Wellness Center. Located in Phuket’s idyllic Kata Beach, we offer a wide variety of detox programs including a Raw Fast Program, a Juice Fast Program and a Full Fast Program. Our staff is highly professional and will give you all of the advice that you need and guide you during your detox journey. For more information, simply fill out the inquiry form below and a Santosa Wellness Professional will get back to you as soon as possible.

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An Introduction to Detox

An Introduction to Detox

The need to detox

In today’s fast-paced, high-tech world we are often so busy doing stuff that we forget to stop, take a look at our surroundings and smell the flowers. Most of us have turned our daily busy schedules and routines into an unhealthy art form. Being busy becomes the defining factor of our lives, and that is when it happens – headaches become more frequent, indigestion is an every day affair, our skin becomes irritable and poor, and the feelings of being tired and worn out just can’t be shaken.

ingesting-shrooms-fastingSo many of the dietary and lifestyle choices we make these days have a negative effect on our bodies. Think about it. We change the oil and filters in our cars, we wash the dishes, we scrub the bathroom sink, we sweep and mop the floor. We shower, scrub between our toes and brush our teeth, but how often do we cleanse ourselves from the inside.

Our bodies tend to become a storage site for chemicals as we are consistently exposed to toxins in our environment. The accumulation of all of these toxins can take its toll on our overall health and vitality, and eventually lead to an unwanted arsenal of problems. Are the warning signs there? Do you feel lethargic, are you suffering from migraines, poor concentration, unexplainable weight gain, allergies or skin rashes? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then perhaps it is time to clean your body from within.

 

What is detox?

Detox, short for detoxification, is our body’s natural, ongoing process of neutralizing and ridding itself of toxins. Toxins essentially are anything that can potentially harm or damage our body tissue, including chemicals and human-made toxins found in our environment, the food we eat and the water we drink.

Detox is the body’s process of purifying itself from the toxins and chemicals that have damaging effects on our cell functions and structures. When you choose to start a detox, your body will begin to discharge all of the negative excesses it has carried for years, including environmental and dietary toxins.

Modern research has shown us that going on a detox can improve the function of literally every single system in our body. The major organs effected during detoxification include the liver, kidneys, colon, lungs, skin, lymphatic vessels and nodes.

 

Benefits of detoxing the body

If you choose to go on a detox, your body will reap the benefits. Here are some of the ways that a detox restarts your internal engine:

 

  1. Boosts your energy – during a detox, you stop the influx of sugar, caffeine, trans fat and saturated fat into your body and replace them with natural, wholesome foods such as fruits and vegetables. By flushing the toxins out, you will start to feel more energetic and upbeat, and by eating more fruits and vegetables you get a natural energy boost.

 

  1. Rids the body of excess waste – detoxing allows your body to get rid of any and all of the excess waste it’s been storing. The liver, kidneys and colon purge themselves and the body becomes re-stimulated.

 

  1. Helps with weight loss – a detox is an encouraging factor in the way to look at your current eating habits and change them to long-term healthy eating habits. Replacing bad foods with good foods allows for more energy, and more energy allows the chance to lead a more active life.

 

  1. Builds a stronger immune system – detoxing strengthens your immune system. As your body’s major organs purge themselves, they become clean and free to function as they should and your body will begin to absorb nutrients better.

 

Additional benefits of detoxing the body include improved skin, better breath and clearer thinking. Detoxing promotes healthy changes, and encourages you to live a healthier life. After a detox, you will have an improved sense of well-being. Detoxes are not easy, however with the right attitude and dedication, the positive changes will carry over and stay strong long after your detox is complete.

 

Detox Programs at Santosa Wellness Center

Santosa Wellness Center has developed a unique platform for restoring balance to your body, mind and spirit. We offer a wide variety of detox programs including:Juice

 

  • Full Fast Detox
  • Juice Fast Detox
  • Raw Food Detox
  • Healthy Eating Program
  • Yoga & SPA Retreat
  • Active Cleanse
  • Spring Clean
  • One Day Detox & Wellness

The philosophy behind our detox programs is to bring back true balance to the body, mind and spirit. Our detox programs have evolved over time, uniting the wisdom of ancient sciences with a modern day perspective. The ultimate goal of our detox programs is to purify, heal, repair and rejuvenate the body.

If you are interested in learning more about our detox programs or would like to see a price comparison, please call +66 (0) 76 330 600 or fill out the form below.

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Juice fasts can get your health back on track

Juice fasts can get your health back on track

When done in a proper manner, an extended juice fast or even shorter, more frequent juice fasts can get your health back on track. Juice fasts offer up tremendous health benefits and can possibly reduce or even reverse many health issues.

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What happens during a juice fast?

During a juice fast, your body is flooded with nutrients from fresh juices. In the absence of solid foods, the body begins to release its toxins and replaces them instead with wholesome nutrients from fresh juices. A juice fast is a time of cleansing and a lot of repairs, healing and nourishment take place inside your body.

 

The theory behind a juice fast

It’s quite simple, really. For three to seven days, you replace all meals and snacks with juices made from fruits and vegetables; the more organic the fruits and vegetables the better. The theory is that when your body is freed, or takes a break from, digesting solid food it can more efficiently release toxins from your system. Juice fasts rest the stomach and the liver, the latter being very important as the liver is our main detoxifying organ. It is also important to drink plenty of water during a juice fast to flush toxins and wastes out more efficiently.

When a juice fast is done properly, chances are you will find that at the end of your three or seven days you will feel physically weak. However, rest assured that a lot of healing has taken place inside of your body.

 

The benefits of a juice fastJuice

Juice fasts can get your health back on track by resetting an internal
button. Juice fast rebalance your body chemistry, and are positive in so many ways. Benefits of a juice fast include:

 

  • The digestive system is given an overall rest
  • Improved mental clarity
  • Increased energy levels
  • Glowing complexion
  • Reduced water retention

 

Juice fasts are not only good for the body, but also good for the mind. Juice fasts increase neuro-transmissions, enhancing the receptiveness of the brain and nervous system. As juice fasts rebalance body chemistry, emotional toxins are also released which improves mental clarity and your overall sense of wellbeing.

As toxins are eliminated, you will notice that your body begins to feel new and that you have more energy than before. As the liver and kidneys are cleansed, nutrients begin to flow freely throughout the body resulting in the skin having a shiny glow. Fresh juices are high in potassium, and potassium helps cleanse the body of excess sodium that causes water retention. Potassium aids in ridding the body of excess water, which also enables you to shed a few pounds.

Green JuiceWhy participate in a juice fast?

Juice fasts are good for you. The action of cleansing and
purifying the body of toxins makes room for revitalized energy. Juice fasts awaken your inner body balance and leave you feeling rejuvenated and refreshed. Juice fasts are also an easy way to put more fruits and vegetables in your body, which can help kickstart better eating habits and a healthier lifestyle.

 

 

 

Juice fasts in Phuket

Santosa Wellness Center has developed a unique platform for restoring balance to your body, mind and spirit. We offer a variety of detox programs including a Juice Fast Detox. If you are interested in trying a Juice Fast Detox and reaping the benefits of a program that lets your body heal and rejuvenate, please call +66 (0) 76 330 600 or fill out the form below.

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