Alternate Dietary lifestyles are known and believed to have a great effect in providing resistance to various types of illness including cancer, cardiovascular diseases and several allergies caused due to food.
Alternate dieting is focused mainly on eating or including more fresh foods like fresh vegetables, green leaves, fruits, legumes and whole grains. Various diseases are directly linked to the dietary customs followed by us. For example, recent research has indicated that intolerance of certain foods could be one of the main reasons contributing to rheumatoid arthritis and other researches have shown that elimination of certain high carbohydrate foods from the diet may help in case of hyperactive children.
Studies have shown that several variations of alternate dieting in vegetarian diet styles resulted in lowering of heart diseases and certain types of cancer. Asian and Mediterranean diets are favoured in the above type of illness by the scientific community. Diets rich in Omega-3 fatty acids were found to be highly beneficial to promote good health.
Even in the historic past people have been using alternate diet therapy as a source of healing illness. Oral candidiasis, a form of mouth ulceration was treated with the inclusion of buttermilk or yoghurt in the diet even before fungicides were invented. Lemons were used in the treatment of scurvy. Warm milk was taken by people before bed time at night to aid good sleep.
People who are allergic to certain types of foods have to resort to alternate dieting to get relieved and supplement themselves with the required nutrition. The Alternate Diets act on the human body by changing the ecology within the body.
Studies conducted on Cancer have attributed 90% of the causes to the environmental factors, including diet. Dietary modifications are found to help in cancers related to stomach and the large intestines. Reduced intake of fat can reduce the risk by 30%. Alternate diets or foods rich in Vitamin C and Beta carotene(antioxidants) are recommended . Foods like apricots, peaches, strawberries, citrus fruits, broccoli, spinach, carrots, sprouts are ideal. Less consumption of salt in foods or salt cured products are also found to prevent several types of illness. A low cholesterol level in body (especially below 150) may be linked to colon cancer. It is always advisable to use or consume balanced diet rather than eating just one kind of food (for example red meat.)