Diet is the most important resource we provide to our body every day. We can have complete control on what we feed our body with. A well-balanced diet would not only have positive impact on our physical health but also on our mind and spirit. Why then, we have turned our daily food intake into silently killing slow poison? Are our taste buds on the tongue unable to overcome the temptations of the nasty junk food?
If you are habituated to consume junk food daily, that may taste yummy and provide spectacular visual treat with little or no nutrition, your body will not obtain the nutrients it needs to function properly. This may lead to serious health issues. All that your body can operate on is the food that you choose to put into it. Healthy nutrient-rich and live foods help the body heal at the cellular level and build strong defence mechanism enabling it to combat illness and environmental toxins.
Good nutrition is the foundation for good health. Ancient traditional health experts of all civilizations across the world used to cure most of the human diseases using natural remedies with plants, fruits and vegetables as medicine and completely heal the body. Long before Allopathic medicine was dominantly used, wise tribal elders would look out for healing herbs and plants for their community and food would be recommended prescriptively to bring about healing. The modern scientific studies and advanced researches have clearly proven that the food we eat plays a major role in our health and overall wellbeing. The bottom line is, we must eat food as medicine every day.
The term ‘Food as Medicine’ was originally coined by Hippocrates, the father of Western medicine. He believed that eating nutritious food is the basis for good health. He said almost 2500 years ago “Leave your drugs in the chemist's pot if you can heal the patient with food". He believed that fundamentally illness stems from inadequate nutrition and bad eating habits and that if people were to learn healthy eating habits then optimum health would be restored.
Unfortunately, over the years we have moved away from the healing power of nature and have embraced chemicals, drugs and artificial methods to deal with illness. We have completely shifted away from natural remedies and many of us rely on a diet of processed, fatty and sugar-laden food. The consequences are that rates of obesity and disease have increased significantly. Food which is meant to work as medicine in our body has turned into a silent killer.
“The doctor of the future will give no medication, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, diet and in the cause and prevention of disease” ― Thomas Alva Edison
Being healthy means, providing the right food to the body and having your internal engine run smoothly. If food has the power to prevent much of the chronic illnesses we experience today, then it makes sense to alter our diets to use it to our advantage to not only heal and restore the body but also to prevent illness. Thinking about what is at the end of your fork can help you avoid specific illnesses that arise due to years of unhealthy eating. Every meal that you consume influences the way you feel one way or another. Therefore, the more nutritious foods you choose, the healthier you will be. Whole foods act as medicine to heal and protect your body and give the immune system a break from dealing with toxins, preservatives, additives and chemicals that are included in today's processed foods.
Although taking pharmaceutical drugs for ailments may be useful, they often come with short and long term side effects and contribute to the toxic build up in our bodies. While drugs are important in life threatening situations, if long term conditions can be managed with diet and lifestyle changes then using food as medicine must be considered as an initial way of tackling the issue and preventing future health problems. The good news is that most of the diseases can be reversed with the help of a properly planned natural diet.
At Avastu India, we recognize the healing power of natural food. Through Lifetime Genetics Program, our once-in-a-lifetime DNA test, we recommend foods that suit your body.
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