Feb 062020
Food is Medicine – You Are What You Eat
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  Food is Medicine

We all think of food as a life-giving resource, but it is interesting to know that the same food that we believe is giving us life can also be harmful to us.

In a modern diet, we eat a wide range of foods that are not good for us. Due to the ease of preparing processed foods, we are eating a lot of unhealthy fats and by doing this, we are causing many of our health problems.

Food can be directly related to many different diseases. Therefore, we must observe what we eat and how we eat it.

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When we know the effects of food or changing life habits, they are two different things completely. If we could seek a healthier and happier life by restoring our taste for food and adopting different habits, why don’t we do it?

The answer is a combination of factors. One of the reasons is that we have become addicted to our modern diet high in sugar and salt, which can be very addictive.

Our taste buds have become accustomed to high levels of sugar and salt, and when we eat natural foods, we find them tasteless.

But if you had to spend time away from processed foods and take the time to get used to fresh fruits and vegetables, your taste buds will get used to the subtle but satisfying taste of natural foods.

Another reason is that a lot of doctors and nutritional experts now do not give advice that is counterproductive leading to more harm than help.

 Some facts and statistics

People in Western countries consume Over 150 pounds of sugar every year. In all places where modern processed products go, there are also chronic diseases, such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

In the last 160 years, our total sugar intake has skyrocketed. People in Western countries consume approximately 150 pounds of sugar per year, which represents more than 500 calories per day of sugar.

Added sugar contributes not only to obesity but also to diabetes, heart disease, and cancer since sugar promotes inflammation.

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Worse is the consumption of soft drinks and fruit juices. One study found that in children, sugar-sweetened beverages are responsible for a 60 percent increase in obesity.

All living things need a source, a livelihood to survive and develop their activities. We, human beings, need the energy that we obtain fundamentally from the food we eat.

Well, they are the basic pillar of our life. Without water or food, a human being or any other animal could not survive for many days. Therefore it is as vital as the air we breathe.

Nevertheless, many times, we tend to think that food is only to obtain energy for our day-to-day life and to survive, and that is only one of the primary objectives of food, but not the most important.

Food not only provides us with a source of energy, but it also gives us many other things depending on the type of food.

  What is the significance of food?

There is a great variety of natural products that reinforce our health. Foods with antibiotic, diuretic, regenerating properties, which can also help tissue formation and maintain physiological balance.

Mother Nature is wise, and this is known to all. She is intelligent and subtle – and everything that the human being needs for his health and well-being can be provided by her, just as she can provide the worst for her.

This is why we must know how to choose with value, and know-how to lead a more or less healthy life according to the possibilities that arise.

Many medicines and drugs, extract their properties from plants and animals, naturally or create it chemically, trying to mimic their molecular structure in the laboratory.

However, the truth is that most of the available chemical drugs can be obtained naturally, with greater potency and without side effects for the body.

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Also, our body was designed in a natural environment, although we have lost the essence. As human beings, we come from the purest nature and are adapted to a rather “anti-natural” environment, subject to chemical processes, pollution, and intoxication of the environment.

You will always be better prepared to digest natural substances, assimilate nutrients, and healing properties much better than chemically using a capsule or syrup, for example.

Therefore, there are foods with healing properties, capable of curing diseases or helping to reduce them. As it has been scientifically proven that there are anti-cancer foods, ideal for fighting cancer.

Some foods are capable of reversing the creation and development and abnormal genetic configuration of cancer cells.

Cancer is a disease present worldwide that is related to the interaction of genetic and hormonal factors and unhealthy lifestyle habits.

For that, we have to reverse these negative habits by healthy lifestyle habits, starting with a good diet accompanied by sport or exercise, which will allow us to strengthen the physical state of our body and take advantage of the nutrients that food will provide us.

Today, there is scientific evidence of foods with anti-cancer properties, called functional foods, with bioactive compounds that have a biological activity within the body and that leads to health benefits.

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  Examples of the best medicinal food

  Broccoli

Broccoli is a flower vegetable widely consumed throughout the world. It provides us with vitamins and minerals necessary to enjoy good health.

It is a food with a lot of water – i.e. it contains 90% of water. It has macronutrients such as vegetable protein, carbohydrates, and a very low-fat content – with a fairly high fiber input.

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Broccoli minerals are potassium, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, sodium, iron, zinc and iodine. As for vitamins it gives us: vitamin C, E, niacin or B3, thiamine or B1, beta carotene and folate or B9. Besides, it is also a very good natural antioxidant.

Broccoli strengthens our immune system and increases resistance to infections. It is also a great anti-inflammatory because it contains quercetin.

Thanks to its qualities, it can help prevent the appearance of different types of cancer such as prostate, stomach, breast, lung or colon.

  Celery

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Celery is a vegetable that belongs to the same family as fennel and parsley, belongs to the group of fresh vegetables. Like broccoli, it is a food with high water content, approximately 95%. This makes it a very low-calorie food, ideal in hypocaloric diets.

Celery is a rich source of multivitamins and other essential minerals that play an important role in bodily mechanisms, functions, and chemical reactions.

These minerals give us a huge amount of benefits thanks to its antioxidant, cardioprotective, anti-bacterial, diuretic, anti-inflammatory, expectorant, depurative, sedative, digestive, and analgesic properties.

Like other vegetables with the same properties, celery helps lower cholesterol and hypertension, as well as being beneficial for the cardiovascular system.

  Garlic

Garlic is a common plant as an ingredient in many of our meals and is closely related to onions, but in addition to that and much more important, it is a very effective element in the prevention of diseases related to the cardiovascular system.

It also contains a compound called Allicin, which has medicinal properties. It is a very effective powerful antibiotic to eliminate harmful microbes and bacteria for our body.

Thanks to being a selective antibiotic, it can select harmful bacteria and eliminate them without damaging the beneficial bacteria. In addition to being a powerful fungicide and anti-viral, it has been found effective in patients with HIV.

This food is great for digestion and waste disposal of the body as well as helps prevent stomach and intestinal inflammations. Being also a powerful diuretic, to purify our body, facilitating the elimination of toxins and liquids.

Garlic considerably reduces the risk of certain types of cancer thanks to its antibacterial properties and the impediment of cancer cell formation. So, it is recommended to consume this food daily to have our immune system well reinforced and enjoy its benefits.

  Banana

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Banana is a delicious, very sweet and satiating fruit that is undoubtedly a food with great properties and benefits for our health, provided that responsible consumption is made.

It is a fruit with a high fiber and mineral content, it contains vitamins A, E and C, and folic acid, which are antioxidants, in addition to providing minerals such as manganese, potassium and some iron.

It is also rich in carbohydrates, which provides us with healthy plant energy for our bodies. Thanks to these properties, we obtain benefits such as better glucose regulation, protect our kidneys, keep our cardiovascular system healthy, etc.

It has been discovered that bananas can help prevent and fight colon cancer, and feeds the benign bacteria of our digestive system by strengthening it and thus helping to cure intestinal problems. It is also indicated for cholesterol problems.

  Food as medicine

These are just some of the examples of foods that heal, with a very wide variety and quality. Sometimes we do not stop to think about the importance of food in our lives and not only as sustenance to carry out our activities.

However, we use these foods as curative methods to keep our health intact and even reinforce it and feel much better with ourselves.

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You must treat your food as medicine and your medicine as food. You are what you eat – a phrase that encompasses a lot of truth about your eating habits – for some with positive results and others the opposite.

Our choice of what we eat is vital. So, we should know that if we want to be healthy, food is one of the factors that we should consider.

  Healthy eating tips

You need to go to a nutritionist for a better guide about nutrition that suits you. Each person has a different functioning of their body, however, there are certain tips that every nutritionist mentions in appointments with their patients, which I will show below:

  • Plan meals and shopping lists. Avoid improvisation and try to purchase once a week.
  • Make 5 meals a day. three main and two snacks.
  • In all meals always combine a protein plus a carbohydrate (whole grain, fruit or vegetable) plus a healthy fat.
  • Drink between two and three liters of water daily.
  • Take between five and seven servings of fruit and vegetables a day, selecting them in their fresh and natural form and avoiding packaging. Also, it recommends eating the fruit with the skin and avoiding packaged juices.
  • Always choose whole foods.
  • Take between one gram and two grams of lean proteins per kilo of weight.
  • The variation will depend on whether physical activity is carried out and if so, what activity is done, being 0.9 grams for sedentary people and 1.5 grams for those who perform an intense sport.
  • Avoid sweeteners or sugar or those foods that contain them.
  • Do not abuse alcoholic beverages. You should drink one glass of red wine daily at different meals.
  • Eat 3 to 6 nuts daily.

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  • Use olive oil for cooking.
  • Avoid pre-cooked and excessively processed foods.
  • Eat seafood 3-4 times a week and meat two times.
  • Eat legumes once or twice a week.
  • Do not overcook food. Avoid the microwave
  • Avoid fried and breaded.
  • Use skimmed milk.

  Food Is Medicine: The Final Verdict!

A good diet accompanied by an active lifestyle with exercise and sport, not only physically but also in a psychological way. Food creates a state of well-being with ourselves by feeling healthier.

Many times, we resort directly to doctors and medications when we get sick or have a medical condition.

When the basic is food to enjoy optimal health and medications should be a compliment and not vice versa.

We just have to stop to think and reflect and take stock of what our body needs and what it doesn’t.

Lastly, food is indeed the best medicine that can protect you from a wide range of health conditions but you need to ensure to eat healthy food and not the ones that cause diseases.

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Reader Comments

  1. I really like this post. I completely believe that food can help with a lot of things. We truly can heal from the inside out. Since I started recognizing this I rarely get sick, even when working in very public places or around people who are very sick. It’s nice to run into like minded people.

  2. Well written! I would say that my diet is considered healthy since it is plant-based, and still I find it difficult to eat a lot of greens. Do you have any recommendations for consuming greens like celery and broccoli, maybe in shakes?
    Paulina

  3. Hi Catherine,
    Thanks for sharing your post about going green, I am a strong believer that what we eat really matters and determines our healthy life. I agree that sugar is one of the worse things to consume especially at the rate most people eat it. I also believe there are foods that fight against cancer in our bodies.
    I look forward to hearing more about things we can eat to stay healthy.

  4. Food can either heal us or hurt us. Eating the right kind becomes difficult due to the addicting elements in fast, canned and frozen foods. They are easy to prepare, just pop them in the microwave and done. However, they do contain a lot of preservatives and chemicals that are not good for us. Going green and having a plant-based diet is better for us as well as the environment.

  5. This is a great article. Thanks for laying out the benefits of celery! I have personally found that meal planning — as you said — is a great idea. Our family has done this and it has made a huge difference!

    1. I agree with you about the benefits of meal planning. If you are looking to save time in the evenings, prepping on the weekend for the week ahead is beneficial too. Just be sure to use re-usable containers.

  6. Great article. I have not given as much thought to my food as I should. Whilst I am reasonably conscious I will be more alert from here on. I am pretty consistent with Garlic, Broccoli and Bananas. Your medicine is a lot more palatable than collecting scripts from the Doctor. Keep up the good work.
    Stephen.

  7. Very informative and well written, I didn’t realize how much sugar people consumed on average, that’s crazy. This has inspired me to do something about my diet as well as my kids, thanks

  8. Wow what an extremely helpful site packed full of great material. You have just confirmed what my health-conscious spouse has been saying over and over to me about looking at food as a means to stay healthy and not just to stuff my face. Looking forward to reading more of your posts.

  9. Excellent post…how is it that as society we don’t readily acknowledge that food is medicine and medicine is food? Instead we’re mesmerized by the high powered marketing of fast food corporations & processed food giants…only then to treat the maladies caused by this poor diet with prescription medications.
    Great stuff….keep up the good work!

    1. Sigmund Freud did some very interesting research on human behavior and insecurity. The findings of the research were taken and used to develop consumerism. What we see today is what he feared would become a reality.

  10. Hi! I totally agree with your post. We don’t even stop to think about what we’re putting in our bodies. There is so much processed food out there and even food that is labeled healthy isn’t always so. Grocery stores can be so misleading when really all you need is on the outer walls. All the fruits, vegetables, meats, and dairy. Almost everything in the middle of stores in all the aisles is processed and not good for you. I try to stay on the just the outer ring of stores when I shop. It’s sad that there is so much unnatural food out there, crammed full of sugar and ingredients we can’t even pronounce. It’s hard to break out of the cycle and eat all natural when the food can be addictive. I look forward to more of your posts!

  11. Thanks for this detailed post! I am really interested in this area since I started a low carb diet and noticed that my energy levels and alertness were so much better. I know I should eat more celery but it isn’t my favorite vegetable – do you have any tips to make it more appetizing?

  12. I didn’t know sugar contributed to inflammation. It is an interesting fact I will pay attention to as I have been trying to do some dietary changes as a prediabetic. I do agree that there is way too much sugar in foods and we have become accustomed to it without realizing it. If you get away from it awhile your taste does adapt and taste natural sweetness in your foods. Thanks for the enlightening info.

  13. Great page! So much good information. I went organic back in 2005 and never looked back… Occasionally I enjoy some guilty pleasures but then I always appreciate going back to my base organic diet. I enjoyed some of the food is medicine reminders. It’s always great finding a new source to remind and give new quality advice. Thanks again for such a great post!

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