How can what you eat affect your health?
'Let your food be your medicine and let your medicine be your food.' - Hippocrates
Good nutrition is crucial
Everything that you eat can be turned into the fuel that your body uses to produce blood, bones, hormones (chemical substances that regulate the activity of certain cells or organs) and enzymes (substances that control chemical reactions in the body). Every single cell in your body, and all the processes that take place, are determined by what goes into your mouth.
Whole and organic foods as medicine
An integral concept of healing in many indigenous societies. Today, we see that a return to chemical-free foods, along with other dietary measures, is an effective answer to many health complaints and common conditions.
Differences between conventional medicine and natural medicine/nutrition
Conventional medicine is aimed at treating symptoms, and each are treated separately. For instance you could be given painkillers for headaches and antibiotics for skin problems. However once the drugs are stopped, the problem may often return. This is because the root cause is not addressed and the underlying problem remains. Furthermore, many drugs have unacceptable side effects and may cause long-term damage to your overall health.
Natural medicine and nutrition aims to get to the root cause of any health condition. If you address the cause and make necessary changes, many symptoms will drop away without ever having had specific treatment.
Importance of nutrients
Nutrients heal tissues, clear toxins and strengthen the immune system. This stronger 'terrain' will then be able to fight infections and diseases more easily, so you do not become ill in the first place. Prevention is always better than cure.
How do I know which foods I need more of and which I should reduce/eliminate?
A balance of protein, fats and carbohydrates, as well as enough vitamins and minerals is essential to good health. Through an analysis of your eating habits, and/or results from functional tests, advice can then be given to restore a good balance of all of these. Suggestions will be given as to which foods contain these nutrients, where to buy them and what type, and how to cook them.
Supplements will often be recommended, because today even the best diet can no longer supply us with everything we need. This is because we have begun to eat too many processed, convenience and refined foods that have been stripped of essential nutrients during the manufacturing process. It is important also to use supplements to help speed up the process of healing and achieve positive health benefits in as short a space of time as possible.
Given the right nutrients and environment, and an elimination of 'anti-nutrients,' the body will always strive to heal itself.