Hippocrates, the famous Greek physician who is known as the ‘Father of medicine,’ once said, “’Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.’
This statement holds true today. The Indian natural health system of Ayurveda primarily uses one’s diet to combat disease too. They just took it one step further by matching the diet to the person’s constitution, which makes it even more useful.
Most of the health problems and diseases that millions of people are suffering from these days can be traced to their poor diet. In the US, obesity has reached epidemic proportions. People have become so overweight that they’re using motorized wheelchairs just to get around.
Instead of curbing their diet and exercising their way to good health, they’ve opted for an easier option that will be more detrimental in the long run… and we wonder why diabetes statistics and healthcare costs have skyrocketed.
Just like exercise, your diet is a form of alternative medicine too. We often don’t think about it as such, but the reality is that when you eat a Chinese dish that contains garlic, this vegetable (yes, it’s considered a vegetable) will have physiological effects on you.
The garlic has anti-viral and anti-fungal properties. It’ll also lower your blood pressure by a bit and help to regulate your blood sugar levels. If you consume garlic often, it’ll reduce your buildup of bad cholesterol and prevent cancer too. This is just the tip of the iceberg. Many other health benefits are too long to list here.
The point that you should take away from this is that certain foods contain properties that are great for fighting disease and strengthening your body. Your health will improve by including these foods in your diet. Let’s take a look at the foods.
• Cruciferous vegetables
Cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, bok choy, and the mighty broccoli are very beneficial to the body. The phytochemicals in these vegetables will reduce your risk of cancer. They not only contain lots of vitamins such as vitamins A and C but are also rich in fiber and promote better digestion.
• Oily fish
Tuna, mackerel, sardines, trout, salmon, etc. are oily fish that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids that the body craves. Our diet these days is out of whack with too much omega-6 fatty acids.
By reducing the omega-6s and increasing your intake of omega-3s, you will reduce inflammation in your body. They prevent heart disease and increase your good cholesterol levels.
• Whole grains and nuts
Whole grains are great for maintaining your blood sugar levels. Whole grain bread is rich in fiber and prevents diabetes and certain types of cancer.
Nuts such as walnuts, almonds, pistachios, pecans, macadamia nuts, hazelnuts, etc. are rich sources of nutrients such as potassium, iron, copper, zinc, vitamin E, riboflavin and much more. They help to lower bad cholesterol and reduce the risks of many chronic diseases.
• Green tea
This tea is famous for its antioxidant properties and is also said to help with weight loss. Always drink this tea without sugar.
• Tomatoes and berries
These two foods are rich in nutrients and antioxidants. The lycopene in tomatoes and the flavonoids in berries will help to lower the risks of several cancers.
These are a few of the most potent foods out there. It goes without saying that there are many other disease-fighting foods such as apples, beets, avocadoes, flaxseed, soursop, spinach, and sweet potatoes. The list is long, and you may wish to do your own research to see what other healthy foods you should be eating.
What really matters is that you include these foods in your diet, while you slowly wean yourself off the unhealthier foods that you’re accustomed to eating. If you adopt this two-pronged approach, you’ll become healthier and notice that your excess pounds melt off quickly. You’ll indeed be a picture of glowing health.