There’s no doubt we are what we eat. More and more people realise the food we put in our mouth has far more influence upon our health than any other single factor. If we eat healthily our wellness improves.
Our ancestors understood the health giving properties of foods and turned to them for healing. Scientists can now prove the therapeutic benefits of eating for preventative health.
It really is possible to eat your way to good health and improve the way that you look and feel!
Many modern chronic health complaints are the direct consequence of un-natural living, poor eating habits and nutrient deficient foods. The modern diet includes processed, refined, preserved and devitalised food filled with artificial colours, flavours, sugar, salt and fat to improve the taste. Despite marketing hype to the contrary we are, in fact, eating a cocktail of chemicals!
The western world modern diet fattens us up but lacks any real nourishment.
We should choose and prepare our food for two basic reasons: for the enjoyment it gives our senses of sight and taste, and for the nourishment it gives out body.
Old cells in our body continually replace themselves and can only be as good as the food, which rebuilds them. As cells and tissue in our body are rebuilt with natural, life giving food, we can find ourselves living in a healthier and more vibrant body.
Many of the pharmacologically active chemicals, or phytochemicals, found in medicinal plants and used in herbal medicine are also present in culinary plants, fruits and vegetables. It’s important for our health to consume a wide diversity of plant-based foods to ensure our nutritional needs are met.
Generally fruits contain more vitamins than vegetables, whereas vegetables are higher in minerals.
Fruits are cleansing on the body, alkalising, assist in the elimination of toxins and help to regulate the digestive system, they are a fantastic source of enzymes and phytochemicals.
Vegetables help to cleanse and alkalise the body, reduce the toxic load and are a high source of phytochemicals to help protect the body against disease. Phytochemicals stimulate the immune system, regulate hormones and provide anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties.
Nuts, seeds and oils provide protein, minerals and vitamins, which are important for good health. Packed with healthy fats these super foods help to lower LDL (bad cholesterol), balance hormones and reduce inflammation.
Beans, pulses and grains are a great source of energy, rich in slow releasing carbohydrates that help to fuel the body. Their high fibre content aids digestion.