I once had a fear of fat while growing up. I subscribed to the antiquated “all calories are the same” myth, a mentality that demonizes fat. After all, eating fat makes you fat, right? End of story. From a caloric perspective, that makes sense. Dietary fat contains nine calories per gram, versus the…
Detoxification programs have become a huge business, yet I also regularly hear practitioners claim such programs are nonsense or that our bodies already have the mechanisms to detoxify.
When you hear the word “detox,” you might think drug detox or alcohol detox or wheatgrass enemas. That’s not what I am talking about.
I am referring to the science of how our bodies get rid of waste. If waste builds up, we get sick and fat. The key becomes figuring out how to enhance our body’s capacity to detoxify and get rid of waste while minimizing our exposure to toxins.
Stop and consider some staggering statistics. We are exposed to 6 million pounds of mercury and 2.5 billion pounds of other toxic chemicals each year.
Eighty thousand toxic chemicals have been released into our environment since the dawn of the industrial revolution, and very few have been tested for their long-term impact on human health. And let me tell you, the results aren’t pretty for those that have been tested.
How can we not be affected by this massive amount of poison?
The role of toxins and detoxification in health has been largely ignored by medicine. Thankfully, scientists and practitioners are starting to recognize its importance in health.
Getting rid of toxins and learning how to optimize your detoxification system is essential for losing weight and creating lifelong vibrant health.
Learn more about detoxing here: drhyman.com/blog/2015/03/07/truth-about-detoxification/
First, there is not a single study showing that coconut oil causes heart disease. Not one. Second, the whole case against coconut oil is founded on a hypothesis that has been proven wrong. It’s the diet-heart hypothesis. Saturated fat raises LDL cholesterol. LDL cholesterol causes heart disease. Anything that raises LDL cholesterol is bad. Only problem is that the data does not support this hypothesis.
If you are geeky and want to read more where I cover the science in detail, read my article here: drhyman.com/blog/2016/03/30/fat-what-i-got-wrong-what-i-got-right/
“Dr. Hyman, I grew up following the guidelines of the Food Pyramid,” writes this week’s house call. “Now the guidelines keep changing. What about these new MyPlate guidelines? And what about the new 2015 Dietary Guidelines? I am confused. What should I eat?” Here’s the truth: The Government recomme...