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Choose a Healing Diet That's Right For You

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Updated June 27, 2014

The metabolic typing diet, the macrobiotic diet, the Zone diet...there are so many diets out there, it can be hard finding the right one for your unique needs. This easy how-to guide will help you choose the right diet for your health concerns and needs.
Difficulty: Average
Time Required: 20 minutes

Here's How:

  1. If you are don't know whether you feel better on a diet that is lower or higher in carbohydrates, try the Metabolic Typing Diet. Based on the theory that the best diet for you depends on geographical ancestry, the diet includes a questionnaire that can help you determine which of the three types -- protein, carb, or mixed -- you are.

  2. If you are seeking a low-fat, high fiber, predominantly vegetarian diet that integrates physical, spiritual, and planetary health, try the Macrobiotic diet. A low fat, high fiber diet that is low in animal protein is also believed to prevent hormonal-related cancers, such as breast and prostate cancer.

  3. If you have poor digestion, congested sinuses, bad breath, eat fast food, and feel unhealthy, you may benefit from a three-week detox diet. The Detox Screening Quiz can guide you. The detox diet is a popular detox diet. People with experience on detox diets may also wish to try juice fasting.

  4. If you have blood sugar problems, a low carbohydrate diet may be right for you. The Zone diet is a low carb diet that also includes essential fatty acids and plenty of antioxidant-rich vegetables and fruit.

  5. If you have chronic yeast or fungal infections, feel worse in hot, humid, moldy or damp surroundings, have chronic congestion, find it difficult to concentrate, crave sugar, and have been diagnosed with candida, try the Candida diet.

  6. If you feel unwell on high protein diets such as the Atkins or South Beach, you may wish to try the Alkaline diet. It helps to counterbalance the effects of diets with lots of protein, caffeine, sugar, processed or junk foods, or grains.

  7. If you are having difficulty losing weight, you may want to explore the hidden causes of weight gain.

  8. If you enjoy Indian food and would like to follow a diet that matches your constitutional type, take this Ayurvedic quiz and then read the guidelines for the Ayurvedic diet.

  9. If you think that you might have food allergies or sensitivities, a three-week elimination and challenge diet can help to identify them. Talk with a health care practitioner experienced with food allergies.

  10. If you have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), diverticulitis, Crohn's disease, or small intestine bacterial overgrowth, you may wish to try the Specific Carbohydrate Diet.

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