Comparing & Contrasting 5 Popular Diets

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Andrea Fabry

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There are a lot of real food diets out there, making it a little frustrating for folks who want to make a change in the way they eat, but don’t know where or how to start.

Andrea Fabry, working with her team at momsAware.org, came up with an overview chart that compares and contrasts five of the most popular diets being practiced today. It’s an incredibly handy tool that can help you determine which diet might be right for you, looking at what you can and cannot consume.

Yeasts, bacteria, and other microbes exist in abundance in every individual’s digestive tract. The gut lining consists of both beneficial and harmful varieties. When the balance shifts in favor of the pathogenic microbes, our immune system suffers.

Symptoms of bacterial and fungal overgrowth include fatigue, brain fog, joint pain, headaches, sugar cravings, OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder), skin and nail fungal infections, dizziness, and much more. Antibiotics, environmental toxins, a highly processed diet, stress, and the aging process all contribute to microbial imbalance.

There are a myriad of options for those seeking to boost their immune system through diet. In this article we compare and contrast five popular diets designed to restore or maintain health.

Before contrasting these diets, it’s important to note their similarities.

  1. Elimination of processed foods. What exactly are processed foods? The Food and Drug Administration defines them as “any food other than a raw agricultural commodity and includes any raw agricultural commodity that has been subject to processing, such as canning, cooking, freezing, dehydration, or milling.” Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, author of Gut and Psychology Syndrome, notes that processed foods are natural foods that “get subjected to extreme heat, pressure, enzymes, solvents and countless number of various other chemicals.” In addition, she notes, “fats get hydrogenated and proteins get denatured.” She says the bulk of processed foods are carbohydrates which, in the form of processed foods, are burdensome to the body.

Click here to read the rest of the article and download the chart, over at momsAware.org!

This article originally appeared on momsAware.org. It is partially posted here with permission from the author.

Do you understand the differences between these diets?

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