Food is your best medicine
Hippocrates once said: “Nature heals; the physician is only nature’s assistant”. Our food and nutrients have healing powers and are our best original medicine. Optimal nutrition will not only prevent us from getting sick but will liberate those bound by chronic disease. Human genes were formed and adapted to foods through millennia, they have evolved together. Regretfully our food content has changed, the way we grow food has changed, preparation of food has changed as well – so did our health conditions.
Under proper conditions, nature will be always the greatest healer. To co-operate with nature we need to know our individual needs, our biochemical individuality, and give our body time for healing. Healing is usually a slow but steady process on a microbiological level, repairing the immune system after which its ability to resist infections can be restored.
After Dr. Weston Price published his findings on eating habits and degenerative diseases, other scientists continued his research in food metabolism. According to them people’s metabolisms are determined by their autonomic nervous system and the rate of cellular oxidation. The autonomic nervous system is divided into two main subsystems: sympathetic nervous system (responds to stress, danger and increases metabolic rate) and parasympathetic nervous system (lowers metabolic rate, slows activities during rest, sleep or food digesting, restores blood pressure, etc). These two autonomic nervous systems resemble the philosophy of Yin and Yang – opposing yet complementing each other and creating balance in the body. Diet researcher William Wolcott offered a self-test questionnaire for a more accurate assessment of individual metabolic type. There are three main metabolic types: protein, carbohydrate, and mixed metabolic types.
Protein Types – they tend to be frequently hungry, crave fatty and salty foods. It is recommended to follow these ratios with every meal: 40% protein, 30% fat and 30% carbohydrates. Protein type people feel better eating high-purine proteins found in red meat, organ meats, low starch vegetables, healthy fats. Only a small amount of fruits is recommended and it’s better to avoid grains and potatoes completely.
Carbohydrate Types – they are slow oxidizers, generally have weak appetites, tolerate sweet foods well. This type has problems with weight management. Carbo types will feel good with 25% protein, 15% fat and 60% carbohydrates. Those who are carbo metabolic type should eat low-fat, low-purine proteins such as chicken breast, whole grains and not starchy vegetables, minimal amounts of dairy products, and small amounts of good fats such as butter, coconut and olive oil. They generally feel good eating all types of fruits.
Mixed Metabolic Types – they are generally neither slow nor fast oxidizers. This type has little problems loosing weight. For mixed types its better to have meals with 30% protein, 20% fat and 50% carbohydrates. The mixed type diet is essentially a combination of protein type and carbo type. It is recommended to listen to your body to see how you feel after specific meals and choose food which makes you feel good.
If you decide to take care of yourself a good start would be to begin with detoxifying you body from toxins. Removing toxins and nourishing your body with nutrients will help you restore your health and maintain it in its optimum state.
Cleaning the blood is the main detoxification of your body. The body does its own detoxifying through the liver, kidneys, lungs, intestines, lymph, and skin. However you should also take measures to keep your body healthy. There are things you could do to help your body with the detoxification process. For example liver detoxification, eliminating toxins by sweating in a sauna, fasting, or through intensive exercise.
For some of us fasting is not easy or practical. If you can’t commit to a three or seven-day fasting, there is also intermittent fasting. Intermittent fasting is when you stop eating for around 14 to 18 hours, during which it is important to drink plenty of filtered water.
After you find out about your unique metabolic type and detoxify your body, the next step is to start nourishing your body according to your metabolic type. If you follow the recommended proportions of the main nutrient groups you’ll balance your nutritional needs and your food cravings should disappear. You will need to choose the best sources of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. This means you need to choose organic meat, free range eggs, raw (not pasteurized or homogenised) milk products, cold pressed oils, whole grains, and raw and fermented vegetables. You may also need to add nuts, seeds, mineral salt, dietary fibre, vitamin and mineral supplements to your diet for best results.
Try to avoid and eventually eliminate:
- Alcohol, beer and liquor
- Drugs (medications and narcotic drugs)
- Coffee (too much is not good)
- Refined sugar
- Soda, bottled juices, energy sport drinks
- Table salt – which is 97.5 % sodium chloride
- Trans-fat (margarine), vegetable oils for cooking (canola, cotton, soybean, corn, safflower, peanut, grape seed, and other refined oils)
Supplement your food
If you are not going to grow your own organic food you should consider to supplement your diet with vitamins and minerals. Which vitamins and minerals you choose depends on your health and your lifestyle. Vitamin C is mostly used to reduce the risk of getting the common cold, but probably not everyone knows that the body also uses it to heal wounds, repair cartilage and bones. Vitamin C is also an antioxidant along with other vitamins such as vitamin E, Beta-carotene, vitamin A. Vitamin C and E can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Vitamin D, vitamin B6 and B12 can help prevent cancer. Ideally we should get our vitamins from the food we consume, if we don’t over-process it. If you are not sure if you are getting the right amount of vitamins and minerals it’s wise to use multivitamins and mineral supplements.
Along with vitamins it’s also recommended to use systemic enzymes to support your immune system. Many people use systemic enzymes as an all-natural and safe way to protect and support all the organs of the body, including skin, kidneys, and liver. Systemic enzymes are involved in almost every metabolic process in the human body, especially helping the human body to maintain healthy inflammation and immune activity levels. Numerous clinical studies on systemic enzymes show that they offer remarkable long lasting health benefits.
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