Food Medicine Or Herbal Medicine?
Let food be your medicine—food medicine.
In life we are now given too many choices about the food we eat and as a result we make some bad choices.
Many of us make a lot of wrong food choices when it comes to our diet.
We often eat food that “looks good” or is “quick and easy” to get.
We eat what we are not supposed to eat and do not eat what we are supposed to eat.
In other words – we forget that food is our medicine.
Herbal remedies are our best food medicine.
Throughout Our Lives…
Food medicine gives us the energy for growth and development.Herbs are one type of food that also can act as a remedy – a herbal food medicine.
At birth we all got our nutrients in the food consumed by our mothers during pregnancy. So, some of us were healthy babies and some were not so lucky.
After that we are pretty much on our own, especially when we grow up.
Our food choices produce the energy we need to grow and maintain our bodies throughout our lives and it is for this important reason that what we eat is also our best protection against illness – our food medicine.
In that respect, food is medicine – food medicine because we obtain sef-made energy from food.
As we age our self-made energy from the food we have consumed over the years begins to decline and this is evidenced by our inability or difficulty to cope with the stressors of life.
These stressors may have come in many different forms such as overexposure to sunlight, too much polluted air, exposure to contaminated water, and a host of other lifestyle factors of modern life.
In Modern Day Life…
After decades of abuse to our bodies, our choices—whether we have made them knowingly, or they have been imposed unwittingly on ourselves—begin to take their toll resulting in the development of chronic conditions and degenerative diseases.
To add insult to injury, our metabolic slowdown that comes with the natural process of aging makes it even more difficult to maintain our health and energy.
Instead of focusing on the concept of food medicine, many of us begin to resort to a “quick fix” of our health problems which adopts the use of dangerous pharmaceutical drugs.
Remember, all drugs are toxic chemicals that address the symptoms without removing the causes of our health conditions.
If you undewrstand the concept of food medicine then you may understand that you can use good food choices instead of dangerous pharmaceutical drugs as your medicine of choice – your food medicine.
Food Medicine & Herbal Medicine – To Treat Disease
If you have developed a degenerative disease then start thinking of food as a medicine.
Your body is designed to digest and utilize food to get its nutrients and energy. But only wholesome food can do that—not supplements alone, because supplements are just what they are called – “supplements”
If food is medicine— you will empower yourself with knowledge about food and you will pursue a proper diet with high-quality, non-toxic, nutritious superfoods.
That means you will refrain from eating those commercially prepared and chemically loaded processed foods obtainable at the supermarket. When food becomes the “only” medicine, you will also learn to trust your body – that is, you will learn what your body is telling you and start to understand how it responds to healthy and wholesome food.
So many health issues we contract can be linked back to what we put into our bodies. Healthy blood, weight control and even prostrate health can be linked back to the food, vitamins and minerals that we have put into our own bodies.
There are certain nutrients within food that our bodies need to ensure that they function well and when those are not available our bodies start to show symptoms as a warning to us to restore balance again – most of us miss these signs.
Food should be treated as a medicime – a food medicine.
Where you cannot get adequate nutrients from food you should (must) supplement your diet to ensure proper balance and therefore good health.
Food is Medicine – Herbs are Food – Treat Yourself Using Herbal Medicine
Why Use Herbal Medicine?
When you do become sick you should also learn how to use herbs as herbal medicine.
Herbs from different parts of plants have different therapeutic values that promote self-healing without the use of dangerous and side effects associated with pharmaceutical drugs.
Many common herbs such as cinnamon, garlic and ginger have been used as “food” medicine or herbal medicine for thousands of years. Ayurveda is an Indian herbal medicine that has been around for over 5000-years and is still being practised today.
Herbs can cure many common ailments such as constipation, cholesterol, high blood pressure, and many others with no side effects. Herbal medicines use combinations of natural herbs to promote good health.
For example, use ginger’s anti-inflammatory properties to fight arthritis pain and nausea; use hawthorn berries for your cardiovascular health or use aloe juice to cure an upset stomach.
So, why take dangerous pharmaceutical drugs?