Let food be your medicine

“Let food be your medicine and let medicine be your food.” Hippocrates 377-460 BC

Even today our health would be greatly improved if we would follow these guidelines. The art of eating foods for their medicinal value dates back more than 5000 years. Food and herbs were eaten because of their natural healing properties, relieving pain, or for their prevention of certain health conditions. Several references have been made in the Bible and Greek and Chinese cultures to document the medicinal qualities of specific foods and the connection between our digestive tract and our physical and mental well-being.

We know that if we want to stay healthy we need to eat nutritious food. It is ironic that something as obvious as nutrition has been overlooked in the modern health care system and how in the name of convenience our fast paced society has allowed modified crops, hormone and anti-biotic treated meat products and enzyme and nutrition depleted fast foods.

Hippocrates also said, “If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health.” It is vitally important to eat a variety of foods, including lots of fruits and vegetables and to stay active. While it’s tempting to eat high calorie or high sugar foods, eating too much of these can cause your body to gain excessive weight, even at a young age.

The consequence of obesity as an adult is disastrous. After a lifetime of unhealthy eating, your health can decline and adults who are obese are at a much higher risk for heart disease, diabetes and certain forms of cancer. The value of PROPER nourishment and exercise is the “safest way to health”.

Nutritional supplements can be the answer for many people as they provide the essential elements our body need to thrive and achieve the best health possible.

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