Hi all! Hope you managed to weather through winter without too much struggle. I went into a bit of a blogging hibernation, but the sun is shining, and Jolie Asie is back in action.
I recently read a book that I HIGHLY recommend: The Beauty Detox Solution by Kimberly Snyder. Kimberly is a celebrity nutritionist whose clients include Drew Barrymore, Hillary Duff, Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn, and Fergie. The Beauty Detox Solution is an amazing read and has really changed the way I understand how the food I eat is impacting my body– and it’s lead to a total overhaul of my diet. This one’s a life-changer that I will be writing a number of posts on. Request it from your local library today.
This first post on Kimberly’s beauty wisdom is her fascinating look at how our body is designed and why it makes sense for us to pursue a vegetarian diet, or at least, minimize the amount of animal protein we consume.
“The gorilla,” she says, “is a natural vegetarian [that] gets all its protein, vitamin and mineral needs from its plant-based diet and is in fact the strongest animal on earth, pound for pound.” The same goes for elephants, the hippo, the rhinoceros, and the buffalo– all plant eaters, who derive all their protein needs from the amino acids (building blocks of protein), in plants. Here’s an excerpt from Kim’s book on the topic:
One of the best ways to figure out where we belong is to look at the animal kingdom. The human body is most closely related to that of primates: monkeys, chimps, and gorillas. Our genetic makeup is more similar to that of chimpanzees than to that of any other species on the planet, with an estimated 99.4 percent of our DNA sequence shared.
Look down at your hands. Don’t they look similar to monkeys’ hands? Look at your nails, flexible fingers and opposable thumbs. Now grind your teeth back and forth. You’ll find that our teeth, like monkeys’, are flattened (except the front canines, which can be used to help open up the harder shells of some fruits). Our back molars are appropriate for grinding plants for easy digestion.
Carnivorous animals, like the tiger, for example, have short inflexible “fingers,” which are really protrusions to push out and retract claws. These claws are needed to rip into the flesh of their prey. The tiger and other carnivores have sharp fangs: even their back molars are sharp and pointed, perfect for hunting and eating raw meat. Without these claws and sharp teeth, it would be impossible for the tiger to feast on its prey. Our hands, teeth and bodies simply aren’t designed for hunting and devouring animals in the same way; we have to use tools, weapons and utensils instead.
Okay, so we look different. But it turns out that our digestive tract is built differently, as well. The human liver, for instance, has a low tolerance for uric acid, a by-product of digesting animal protein. In contrast, the liver of the carnivorous tiger contains uricase, which is an enzyme used to break down uric acid. This enzyme gives the carnivorous tiger’s liver about fifteen times the capacity to break down uric acid from animal protein than a human liver has.
Not only are our livers designed to digest plant foods, but our stomachs are, too. The stomach juices of the tiger and other carnivores have a very high concentration of acid. This high concentration of acid helps to quickly and efficiently break down the high concentration of proteins that make up the carnivore’s diet. Humans’ stomach acid, on the other hand, is much less concentrated. Carnivores’ stomach acid is at least ten times more concentrated, and some researchers believe it could be many times more concentrated than that.
And what is true in the liver and stomach is true in the rest of the digestive tract. The human intestine is extremely complex, and at around thirty feet, it is about twelve times as long as our torso. (The gorilla also has a long intestine–about eight to twelve times its torso length.) It is designed to be long so there is adequate time to absorb the minerals and nutrients of fruits and plant matter, which quickly break down and move through our bodies much faster than animal protein does. The carnivorous tiger, on the other hand, has a short intestine– only about three times the length of its torso. Its intestinal tract is designed for quickly getting rid of the acidic waste matter that is the by-product of animal protein….
Your long intestinal tract is simply not designed to process large amounts of meat. When you put large amounts of heavy animal protein in your long intestine, the protein just hobbles along as best it can, which isn’t very fast, since it has to pass through the winding corridors of so many feet of intestine. Because it takes so long in that hot environment, it can start to putrefy, or in other words, rot, causing unhealthy bacterial growth and toxicity. There is no other way to put it: waste from digested animal products is meant to exit the body quickly, as it does in a carnivore’s body, not linger in your long digestive tract.
Digesting protein creates all sorts of by-products in the body, like purines, uric acid and ammonia, all of which create acidity in the body. These toxins are absorbed into our bloodstream through the colon and circulate all around our bodies. When our blood is clogged with toxins, it can’t transport as many beautifying minerals, and these toxins can age and clog the skin cells of our faces.
This chapter goes on to discuss more health issues caused by body acidity and toxins. It’s an engrossing and thought-provoking read, and the book provides persuasive dietary and lifestyle recommendations for increasing energy and vitality, eating for beauty and detoxing. I’ll write more on these subjects soon.