5 simple ways to regain your health
As the legendary Greek physician Hippocrates once stated, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”.
This principle has been carried down over the years and has influenced both Eastern and Western medicinal practices for centuries.
In today’s world, proper nutrition is often overlooked as many people go for pre-packaged or “quick” food that is readily accessible almost everywhere.
How food affects your body
It’s not a myth – our body rejuvenates itself over time, which means that we have the chance of a lifetime to heal ourselves, from the inside out.
This may take careful consideration and gradual changes to our diet over time.
When we eat organic nutrient dense food, grown in nature in its whole form, we are providing our body with nutrients it can use to repair itself.
Our body and brains always want to heal. Given the right food and support, our health will always improve.
Here are 5 things to be aware of:
1. Sugar, not all sweeteners are equal (no pun intended)
Stroll down any well-stocked bakery aisle and you’ll find an overwhelming amount of choices that run the gamut of natural to “how are they allowed to sell this stuff”?
Many people are under the assumption that “raw” sugar is a healthier alternative to white sugar, though this is a bit of a misconception.
Although raw sugar is technically less harmful and less processed than its more refined cousins, it operates nearly identically to white sugar when it’s in the body.
It’s a good idea to kick refined sugar to the curb altogether and opt for more natural sweeteners, such as organic honey, coconut sugar, maple syrup, stevia, and nature’s candy – dates, figs, and other sweet fruits and plants.
Even then, still be mindful of just how much sugar you consume on a regular basis, as it can cause spikes in blood sugar and increase the risk of developing diabetes.
2. Carnivore, vegetarian or vegan?
There are people who are vegetarian and vegan, and others eat meat.
Every person is unique and what works for one person might not work for another based on bio-individuality and emotional needs. Personal differences in anatomy, metabolism, body composition and cell structure all influence our overall health and the foods that make us feel our best.
Now we’ve got that out of the way, let’s talk about meat (it can be quite an emotive topic to some people!)
Meat is a good source of protein and often makes up the majority of the protein component in a lot of diets.
Something to consider, however, is how the animal we consume is raised before it comes to our plate.
Has it been ethically raised and free from hormones?
Has it been fed natural food, seen plenty of sunlight and had plenty of space to roam around the other animals?
Or has it been raised in a factory with little to no sunlight, pumped full of hormones and antibiotics?
Take the case of a chicken when it’s been raised on a healthy homestead, foraging for insects, seeds and foods that nourish their bodies. These chickens are healthy and produce healthy eggs.
A contrast to the industrially raised chicken that is caged in a pen not much longer than its body, fed nutrient deficient grain feed and pumped full of hormones and antibiotics.
So buying organic is hugely beneficial on both the nutritional and ethical front.
3. Fresh fruit & vegetables
We all know fruit and vegetables are good for us, and most people acknowledge they don’t eat enough.
Plant-based foods are higher in all types of vitamins and minerals that promote the health of cells and ensure that our body doesn’t begin to break down and degenerate.
They are alkalizing to our body and also contain higher amounts of fiber, which directly influence digestive health, heart, brain, and skin health as well as helping to regulate the biochemical reactions in our body.
Organic fruits and vegetables don’t contain pesticides, reducing toxin overload in the body.
In addition, soil depletion has decreased the vitamins and minerals found in crops, including iron, vitamin C, vitamin B2, zinc, protein, and calcium.
To make sure that your produce is as healthy, fresh, and nutrient-rich as possible, try to purchase your veggies locally, ideally from nearby organic farms.
4. Healthy fats
As with most things in life, when it comes to fats, there are good and bad.
Fats derived from vegetable oils, soybean oil, imitation butters and margarine’s are to be avoided as much as possible.
These oils are loaded with toxic trans-fats and are commonly overly-processed.
The good news is that there’s a plethora of good fats that we can incorporate into our meals and diet for better health.
Stock your shelves with coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, avocado’s, real butter (or ghee) for a good dose of omegas.
These healthy fats also promote bone strength, metabolism, brain function, and muscle production.
5. Every bite counts
Our bodies absorb the ingredients we take in every bite we eat. This is why it’s so important to fuel it with goodness and a nutrient dense diet.
So how do you get a nutrient dense diet? Time is poor and where do you start?!
It doesn’t have to be overwhelming and with knowledge, you can start to change the way you perceive food. Think of food as fuel for your body and make conscious choices around which food you eat. This is particularly important for growing children.
Swap out the foods you like with a healthier version of the same thing. There’ll always be another option if you look for it, one with minimal additives and no preservatives. You don’t have to overhaul your diet and lifestyle in one go, you can take simple steps.
It helps being prepared and having healthy snacks on standby, however, if you do need to buy fast food on the run, look out for the healthier takeaway option.
And finally, you can’t go wrong with upping your fruit and veggie intake, so long as you’re mindful of where your produce comes from (and what else is in it).
If you struggle to do this, think about blending in a smoothie. It can also be more convenient, save time and is a fantastic way of getting a whole lot of nutrients into your body easily as well as providing your body with raw enzyme-rich nutrients that are easily absorbed.
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