‘We are what we eat’ is saying that what we choose to eat is who we are.
Our modern diet has become more and more intolerable to our natural state of being, where many illnesses and dis-eases in the body are coming from what we eat and our general lifestyle.
We call ourselves the most intelligent species on earth, yet what we eat is not always what our body is asking for.
Could we as humans learn from the animal kingdom who respect their body and only eat what they need and never more?
We have become a nation who indulges in excess on foods and in particular those that are deeply harmful to our body.
Our body has a natural way of living and being, which requires food to nourish and support it to function at an optimum level. Each organ and every cell in our body has a job to do and food plays a big part by supplying nutrients and giving the body energy and hydration – all which are needed to stay alive.
Our digestive system can be overloaded and unable to deal with what we are eating if we overeat or eat excess of certain foods.
Today’s fast foods and processed foods are known to be high in sugar and saturated fats, both of which have a negative effect on the body. Add to this our daily caffeine in tea, coffee and chocolate and is it any surprise we have so many types of complications and illnesses?
Alcohol alters our natural state of being and it is a scientific proven poison and yet for some reason we consume this drink, which is known to be addictive just like caffeine.
The main ingredient in alcohol is sugar and there is much debate now from the medical world telling us that sugar is harming our body and leading to all types of illness and disease.
Having a poor diet and making ill choices in what foods we eat means that our immune system will be low and we are more susceptible to the colds and flu that may be around.
Eating pre-packed food because we are stressed and have a busy lifestyle could mean that we are not getting any nutrients which the body requires to have daily vitality.
Vitamins and minerals are essential for our body and whilst supplements support this, our natural way is to receive these from the foods we eat.
We may not be aware that processed foods, antibiotics, tea, coffee, alcohol, smoking, anti-depressants, HRT and birth control pills are ALL assimilation barriers for certain vitamins and minerals. This means we do not get the essential nutrients being absorbed in our body because these foods and substances are blocking them.
This is serious and worth exploring as we tend to keep going until we get ill.
Caffeine, sugar and alcohol are all highly addictive and applying common sense and removing these from our diet will result in positive changes to our body.
Eating foods because of our beliefs may not always be the right thing for our body. In my case I was a vegan and then a vegetarian, which included dairy products. However, following a serious illness where my blood iron levels were so low, I was advised to eat meat and eggs. I was forced to ‘suspend all beliefs’ and change my diet. It is no surprise my blood count went back to normal and I began to pay attention to what I was eating.
Today I am what I eat. I have not visited my GP in 9 years and have increased vitality levels, since removing gluten, salt, sugar, dairy and yeast from my diet. I feel 20 years younger and I am constantly asked by others what I eat.
Next – the yeast menace is something that needs more public awareness. It can be the underlying cause to many current symptoms like depression, vaginal thrush, bloating, mood swings, anxiety, skin problems, constipation, headaches and the inability to lose weight.
Yeast affects the gut flora and this imbalance has been detected in people with Irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease and Rheumatoid arthritis.
Eating a sensible diet, which has variety can and will support us to absorb the nutrients that we need and increase our resilience against infection and live a more longer and healthier life.
Making wise food choices by eating wholefoods and eliminating refined and processed foods, is a good start.
Dr. Carl Pfeiffer, an American doctor and psychiatrist who studied the chemistry of the brain said, ‘with an adequate intake of micronutrients – essential substances we need to nourish us – most chronic diseases would not exist. Good nutritional therapy is the medicine of the future’.
Dr. Linus Pauling known as one of the geniuses of our time and voted the second most important scientist of the twentieth century, with 48 Ph.D.’s said ‘by giving the body the right (ortho) molecules, most disease would be eradicated. Optimum nutrition is the medicine of tomorrow’.
Throughout history we have been told that ‘We are what we eat’.
Edison in the early twentieth century said the doctor of the future will give no medicine but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, diet and the cause and prevention of disease.
Is this what Hippocrates was telling us in 390 BC when he said
‘Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food’?
Is it time to use food as medicine and not just something to function our body?
‘We are what we eat’ – this requires each and every one of us to take responsibility for our own health and well-being and as Edison expands on this it is also ‘the care of the human frame’ and not just diet that will prevent disease.
Taking responsibility for everything we eat and having an understanding of what food does to our body, will bring more awareness in a world that currently needs radical changes in our food industry, in order to bring down the illnesses related to the food we consume.
Patrick Holford who is one of the UK’s leading nutrition experts states ‘I am now completely convinced that the concept of optimum nutrition is the greatest step forward in medicine for over a century and that, if applied from an early age, it is a guarantee for a long and healthy life’.
Holford, P. (2005). The New Optimum Nutrition Bible (pages 1-4). Crossing Press