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Vegetarian Diet Can Reduce Chemicals in the Body

Vegetarian Diet Can Reduce Chemicals in the Body

A research study conducted in Korea at a Buddhist Temple has generated some potentially beneficial insights. The study title is: “Influence of a five-day vegetarian diet on urinary levels of antibiotics and phthalate metabolites: A pilot study with ‘Temple Stay’ participants.”

A “temple stay” in this study means five days in a Buddhist temple, living like monks. Twenty five study participants ate vegetarian food during their stay. They were queried before entering the temple about their dietary habits, and urine samples were also taken at that time. High levels of antibiotics and phthalates were observed in the study participants before their temple stay. Presumably the antibiotic levels were due mainly to meat consumption. Phthalates were also high before entry, and they can  also be absorbed through meat consumption. However, they are also found in abundant supply in the manmade environment. They are mainly found in plastics, like food containers, shower curtains, floor tiles, personal care products, sex toys, textiles, pharmaceuticals, and many other applications. (Research about the potential health effects of phthalates on humans is ongoing.)

The researchers found antibiotic and phthalate urinary levels dropped very much after the study participants completed their vegetarian retreat. One, because they were no longer consuming foods high in those chemicals, but also because the body apparently can release some of its ingested, accumulated chemical residues. The results may come as little surprise for people already mindful of exposure to industrial chemicals through food and interacting with plastic products. It also provides some insight into how “detoxing” might work and could confirm there is some hope in the fact the body can release unnatural chemicals to some degree. The study also indicates a vegetarian diet limits exposure to potentially damaging chemicals from our environment. The issue of the impact of a synergy of antibiotics and phthalates in the body was not addressed.

If you are interested in trying such a retreat on your own, there are a number in the US and in other countries. For example, Tassajara in California.

Image Credit: Azwebear

If you are curious about what that very appetizing food is in the photo, Azwebear wrote: “Portobellos, fried tempeh, red onion, and fresh avocado with lemon-tahini dressing on sourdough French bread.”

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8:48AM PST on Feb 25, 2013

Thank you Jake, for Sharing this!

3:27AM PDT on Aug 15, 2012

interesting

4:34AM PDT on Sep 3, 2010

GO VEGGIES!!! MMmmmmm

11:34AM PDT on Aug 3, 2010

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This method is # 1 to lose weight, because in just a few weeks you will notice the difference, so this method is used by many celebrities to time to make a dietary plan for weight loss an effective Menera, and where you will help the proper functioning of the body.
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11:33AM PDT on Aug 3, 2010

Hello, first of all introduce myself, my name is Edward and I can say today I am a former obese, this thanks to the incredible world of Raw food diet.
This method is # 1 to lose weight, because in just a few weeks you will notice the difference, so this method is used by many celebrities to time to make a dietary plan for weight loss an effective Menera, and where you will help the proper functioning of the body.
I made this guide with the best raw food recipes that have managed to lose 20 lbs.

http://www.eatingforenergy.us/

3:55AM PDT on Jul 21, 2010

Really interesting, thanks =)

11:54PM PDT on Jun 5, 2010

Interesting article.
However, so hard if you love your meat!
Incidentally, take a look at the photograph and see the knife lying on the left and the fork on the right.
I am lefthanded (except for writing) and logically have my knife in my left hand. Are people in Korea all lefthanded?
Incidentally all three my kids eat the same way I do and yet all three are righthanded.
Only my wife does it the "proper" way!

9:27AM PDT on Jun 3, 2010

And where is this temple located in relation to the homes of the participants? If it's isolated, out in nature, as many Buddist temples are, the decrease in urinary levels of antibiotics and phthalate metabolites could be due to differences in the purity of the water drunk and the air breathed rather than the vegetarian diet. Also, the same results might have happened on a diet of free-range meat rather than factory-farmed meant. You need to look at the whole picture before basing possibly erroneous conclusions on only one part of the picture.

5:58AM PDT on Jun 3, 2010

That makes a lot of sense. Thanks for sharing.

10:49AM PDT on Jun 2, 2010

Interesting read :)

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