Making sense of current nutrition trends can be challenging and trying to choose what is best for you and your body is not easy. Today’s healthy nutrition trends are centered around a low-carb diet and may include intermittent fasting as a way of cleansing the body.
Could you list some of the current popular diets people are trying today, and which diets do you think are sustainable and healthy?
Dr. Chris Serafini: The real popular ones these days are the Paleo diet and the Keto diet. Really low carb. Anything you’re going to do, if you can just stick with the low carbs, you’re not going to go wrong. But both are good, Keto and Paleo and low carb in general. But you’ve really got to educate yourselves and learn how to implement those diets and to really sustain them. A lot of people get on these fads and they’ll start something for a little while. Maybe they see a result, maybe they don’t, but they’re not sustainable. They go back to their old habits. I would look into trying to find which one is a better fit for you. Once again, low carb is just good in general. But if you want to stick to a specific one, just educate yourself on how to really implement it and make it successful.
There is currently a lot of talk about fasting. Can you tell us about this new trend and whether or not it’s healthy for our bodies?
Dr. Chris Serafini: Fasting, I love it. I personally do it myself. I do a lot of intermittent fasting. For instance, typically on Sundays, I will eat Sunday and then I’ll eat dinner, and then I won’t eat anything. I’ll do mostly a water fast all the way through till Monday night. And I do a lot of intermittent fasting. I don’t really have my first meal till about anywhere between 11:00 and 1:00 and then I finish up when I get home and have dinner.
But the research on calorie restriction and fasting is really plentiful at this point. It’s phenomenal with people that have specific health-related issues. You must contact somebody who knows what they’re doing first before you jump into it. But they’re getting great results with diabetes. And you think about diabetes, diabetes is an excess of sugar. There’s so much sugar in your body that your body starts to turn off your insulin. If you stop eating, your body’s going to go to your fat storage, and it’s going to use that for energy. And is that going to drastically decrease your sugar levels? Yes, it will. But it’s a great way of resetting, cleansing, and streamlining the system.
In terms of getting proper nutrition, we know vitamins and minerals are very important. Could you please describe what an IV drip is and is it beneficial for some people or just a fad?
Dr. Chris Serafini: Personally, I don’t use IVs in my practice, but the concept is an IV’s going to give large amounts of nutrients, minerals, deficiencies that you may have. It’s going to get large amounts at one single time with full absorption rate, which is really important, as well. That’s really the concept. It’s trying to get you therapeutic dosages, large dosages at one time that are going to be fully absorbed.
CBD oils are now coming to market in food. Do they offer any nutritional value?
Dr. Chris Serafini: We use CBD oils, but we don’t use them as far as nutritional value, kind of that concept. We use them for more pain relief. It’s a good question, but I wouldn’t say in my clinical experience we use them for any kind of nutritional value. Pain relief, though, they do really have great results. We use oils, as far as like creams on the skin. You have tinctures that people put underneath their tongues, and typically people get great results with them.
I feel like there are almost too many trends to talk about today. Is there another current nutrition trend that you think people should be more educated about?
Dr. Chris Serafini: I do. I think cleansing and detoxification is really important, and most people overlook it or don’t have much interest in it because you feel as if nobody wants to not eat what they want or they have a negative association with cleansing, like you’re going to the bathroom all the time, which is technically not true. Most of the time, cleansing is going to bind you up. It’s not going to make you have the runs. But I think a lot of people overlook it and don’t really take much time to do some sort of a cleanse or detox. I do a cleanse at least once a year, most of the time twice a year. But I think that’s an often overlooked category that really should be implemented.
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