Can We Use Food As Medicine?
It is funny how we are bombarded with new websites promoting food as medicine, and we also know almost everything about healthy living, but still, if you look around you will see obese people and you probably know someone with a chronic illness.
Why should we use food as medicine?
The reasons why we should pay attention to what we eat are numerous. I always say they should not make processed food to be so tasty if they care about our health, but that is a completely different issue.
The role of food is very important, it maintains our health, it allows our body to function, it prevents diseases and gives cells information. But even if we know all of this why do we still find it so hard to eat healthy and use the food as medicine?
The main reason for this can be that we are obsessed with what foods to avoid so we forget what foods are good for us. For years the fats were considered as mortal enemies, then the carbs together with animal protein joined them, then gluten and the list goes on and on. We keep forgetting that the food that we fail to eat and it is necessary for our body to function normally can have a bigger impact on our health than the bad food we consume.
Knowing is not enough
Even if you ask a 10 year old what is healthy eating according to them they would say fruits and vegetables on top of the list. So, what is the problem then? Well, we all know what is good for us, but we cannot go over the gap between knowing what is good and actually doing what is good for our health.
What should we do
At top of my head, we should watch what we eat in general and make our diet rich in fruits and vegetables. There are many studies that show that people who consume fruits and vegetables are less likely to have some certain diseases.
Fruits and vegetables are considered to be a medicine because they provide our body with vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and fibers.
Eating is a vital activity just like sleeping and breathing. We seem to forget easily that food gives us energy and allows us to live. We forget to eat for health but instead we eat for convenience. We forget to use food as medicine which nourishes our body and soul but instead we allow food companies to dictate our choice saying that faster is better when it actually is not.
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