Did you know that all animal products—dairy, meat, chicken, eggs—have zero fiber?
Fiber is like a magic sponge: it sucks up toxins and removes them from the body. (And we take in a lot of toxins: think pesticides, heavy metals, dust and other environmental pollutants, undigested food that putrefies in our gut, and even our own dead cells—98% of which get replaced every year.)
If you’re not eating enough fiber, your body won’t be able to eliminate the toxins it needs to stay healthy. Victoria Boutenko, author of Green for Life, describes it like a “kitchen without a sponge”—you’re going to end up with some dirt.
The thing is: our bodies are smart. They know they need to get rid of this waste, stat. So if you’re not taking in enough fiber, they’ll do the next best thing: they’ll try to get rid of the toxins through your skin. Think breakouts, redness, and rough, bumpy skin.
In fact, our bodies are going to use every avenue of disposal they can find: mucus will leave through your eyes, your nose, your throat. And, yes, even your underarms! Sweat and odor, here it comes.
This doesn’t mean you can’t choose to eat animal products. But, if you can, add in healthy fiber-rich foods: broccoli, lentils, blueberries, chia seeds, avocados, kale, apples.
Plant foods. If it came from the earth, it’s likely a winner.
- binds carcinogens and removes them from your body
- steadies blood sugar levels by slowing the absorption of sugar
- promotes healthy gut flora
- binds excess estrogen
- reduces cholesterol
- and strengthens the immune system