‘Let food be thy me­di­ci­ne’

George Herald - - HEALTH & BEAUTY -

If food has the po­wer to pre­vent much of the chro­nic il­l­ness we ex­pe­rien­ce to­day, it ma­kes sen­se to al­ter our diets to not on­ly he­al and re­sto­re the bo­dy, but al­so to pre­vent il­l­ness. Alt­hough ta­king phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal d­rugs for ai­l­ments may be u­se­ful, t­hey of­ten co­me with s­hort and long-term si­de ef­fects and con­tri­bu­te to the tox­ic buil­dup in our bo­dies. W­hi­le phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal d­rugs are im­por­tant in li­fe-thre­a­tening si­tu­a­ti­ons, long-term con­di­ti­ons can of­ten be ma­na­ged with diet and li­fe­sty­le chan­ges. In such in­stan­ces u­sing food as me­di­ci­ne must be con­si­de­red as an i­ni­ti­al way of tackling the is­sue and pre­ven­ting fu­tu­re he­alth pro­blems.

The­re are ma­ny fac­tors t­hat play a ro­le in brin­ging a­bout di­se­a­se, such as stress, poor nu­tri­ti­on, hor­mo­ne im­ba­lan­ce and poor he­alth of the gut - and food and de­tox­i­fi­ca­ti­on play and im­por­tant ro­le in all of t­he­se. T­hin­king a­bout w­hat is at the end of your fork can help you to a­void spe­ci­fic il­l­nes­ses t­hat a­ri­se due to y­e­ars of un­he­althy e­a­ting. The good news is t­hat t­he­se can be re­ver­sed with the help of a good diet. Mo­re and mo­re food ser­vi­ces, re­stau­rants and ot­her in­sti­tu­ti­ons are in­clu­ding w­ho­le and he­althy foods on t­heir me­nus, so nu­tri­ti­ous food is not as hard to find as it on­ce was.

If you are e­a­ting junk food with litt­le or no nu­tri­ti­on e­very day, your bo­dy will not be re­cei­ving all of the nu­trients it needs to functi­on pro­per­ly and he­alth is­su­es can a­ri­se. The on­ly thing your bo­dy has to o­pe­ra­te on is the food you c­hoo­se to put in­to it. He­althy, nu­trient-rich and li­ve foods help to he­al the bo­dy at cel­lu­lar le­vel and build strong de­fen­ces, e­na­bling you to com­bat il­l­ness and en­vi­ron­men­tal tox­ins. Being he­althy me­ans put­ting the rig­ht fu­el in­to your bo­dy to ha­ve your in­ter­nal en­gi­ne run smoothly. E­very me­al you con­su­me in­flu­en­ces the way you feel one way or a­not­her, so the mo­re nu­tri­ti­ous the foods are t­hat you c­hoo­se, the he­al­thier you will be.

If you do not know how to start im­ple­menting a he­althy diet and li­fe­sty­le, and need as­sis­tan­ce, con­tact the Dr Ros­souw weig­ht loss and li­fe­sty­le cli­nic for as­sis­tan­ce on 082 720 4938 or bo­land­diet@vo­da­mail.co.za.

T­hin­king a­bout w­hat is at the end of your fork can help you to a­void spe­ci­fic il­l­nes­ses t­hat a­ri­se due to y­e­ars of un­he­althy e­a­ting.

Li­ve foods can help re­ver­se so­me li­fe­sty­le il­l­nes­ses.

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