Want to know the Swiss Secret to Optimal Health? That’s what Dr. Thomas Rau from Switzerland offers in his book “The Swiss Secret to Optimal Health.” This diet is designed not only as a detoxification plan, but it also claims to balance pH levels, strengthen your immune system, and provide energy along with other health benefits.
According to Dr. Rau, 80 percent of the immune system is located in the intestines. Therefore, it’s important to keep them clean and healthy. The Swiss Secret to Optimal Health is designed to provide a balance in the pH of your intestines by removing unhealthy foods from your diet and replacing them with healthy vegetables and other foods.
The Swiss Secret to Optimal Health is broken into 2 phases. The first phase is a restrictive detoxification diet, where your diet is limited to only vegetables, fruits and a few grains. No processed food, sugars, animal protein or alcohol are allowed. Portions are kept small during this phase.
Phase 2 increases the portion size and incorporates additional foods to the menu. Looking at the food for phase 1, it would be easy to believe that this is a vegetarian or vegan diet, but phase 2 proves that to be untrue. In phase 2, you can add lean fish and poultry to your diet in addition to animal based dairy products. Dr. Rau recommends milk products from goats or sheep. Vegetables, however, are still the staple of the Swiss Secret to Optimal Health—so be prepared to eat a lot more vegetables!
What to Get Excited Over
The foods recommended by Dr. Rau are healthy foods. Eating more of them in your diet can lead to better health. Dr. Rau also provides a variety of recipes for the diet to prevent diet boredom.
Things to Consider
The Swiss Secret to Optimal Health has a low calorie count for its meals for the day—particularly during the detoxification phase. In fact the low calorie count during the detoxification phase can make it hard to have enough energy for day to day activities. Dr. Rau address these issues by saying that if you decide to follow this plan you should take time off from work and other activities during the detoxification phase. However, you may find it difficult to make this kind of commitment.
Furthermore, while the Swiss Secret to Optimal Health provides quite a number of recipes, many recipes require hard-to-find ingredients and don’t offer any substitutions if any ingredients are unavailable in your area or during the current season.
The Swiss Secret to Optimal Health does not provide the tools necessary for long term weight loss, which include a balanced diet coupled with plenty of activity and exercise. The first phase of the diet, with its low calorie content and dietary restrictions, does not provide the proper nutrients your body needs. In addition, exercise is not recommended. Exercise and proper diet are crucial to losing weight and keeping it off.