“The food you eat can be either the safest & most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison”–Ann Wigmore
Yes, I am back at it again lecturing you guys about food and good eating habits.
Despite the ever-developing field of pharmaceuticals I still truly believe that food is meant to be the bodies first line of defense and/or weaponry against, well..anything. I love this quote mainly because I strongly believe that food is the original and most powerful form of medicine available. Food is preventative, food is healing, and, perhaps most importantly, food is enjoyable.
We have an abundance of science-based evidence to support the fact that the food choices of Americans today have perhaps served to be our number one killer. According to the CDC, heart disease leads in American deaths. This is followed by things like cancer and diabetes. All three of these killers are still at large and can more often than not be prevented by or treated with the many vitamins and nutrients found in food.
Preventative Methods For:
1) Heart disease- A Healthy Diet (a variety of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, fat-free or low-fat dairy products and protein, low in sodium, added sugars, solid fats, and refined grains). This makes sense when considering the cause of heart disease is, essentially, a build up of fatty plaques in the arteries which can be brought by a diet composed of the exact opposite of what is considered a healthy diet.Thus, one high in saturated fat, refined grains, and added sugar.
2) Cancer- It’s been shown that have been able to reduce the risk of certain types of cancer. So, where does one find phytochemicals? Plant based sources;vegetables, fruits, beans, and grains. By simply eating a diet composed of real healthy foods, we may be equipping our bodies with all they need to fight off harmful cell-damaging free radicals.
3) Diabetes- I am specifically speaking about type two diabetes. This used to be known as, “adult-onset” diabetes. However, that is no longer true as we are seeing this form of diabetes in a growing amount of children. According to NIH, “low activity level, poor diet, and excess body weight around the waist increase your chance of getting the disease”. Therefore, a diet high in SoFAAS (solid fats,alcohol, and added sugar) can increase ones chances of acquiring a life long disease such as diabetes. Meanwhile, a diet high in all of those delicious plant based foods I mentioned before will limit the likelihood a disease like this could occur.
More recently, it has been documented that building up ones immune system through many of the vitamins and minerals which are naturally occurring in many healthy foods, allows the body to fight off otherwise deadly viruses. Simply by strengthening the immune system and allowing our bodies to do their jobs! How amazing!
So whether your diet is helping to control your blood sugar and promote heart health (as fiber does), packing you with antioxidants (as fruits and veggies do), giving you essential immune system-building vitamins and minerals, or helping you absorb those vitamin and minerals (as dietary fat does) it is undeniable our food is our most effective means of health or self destruction. I challenge you to allow your food to serve you instead of hurt you.