What exactly did Hippocrates mean when he said, “Let food be your medicine and let your medicine be your food.”? After all, he was living at a time when pesticides and environmental toxins could not even be imagined in their worst nightmares.
According to Dictionary.com, the definition of food is “any nourishing substance that is eaten, drunk, or otherwise taken into the body to sustain life, provide energy and promote growth”.
Medicine, on the other hand, is “any substance used in treating disease or an illness”. When we put the 2 definitions together we can see that Hippocrates was very clear about the power of food to nourish and heal the body. What we ingest has a powerful impact on our present and future health. That’s not rocket science.
But how many of us take the time to really think about what we are eating, where it was grown, how it got on our table and the impact it is having on our body?
Next time you sit down for a meal, I challenge you to begin every meal with a slow deep breath and a conscious decision to be thankful for the food you are about to eat. Take a few seconds to acknowledge the miracle that is about to happen: you are going to taste very enjoyable flavors,chew various textures that will then be swallowed and broken down into micro nutrients so that every cell of your body can be nourished.
Dr. Joel Fuhrman is a family physician and nutritional researcher who specializes in preventing and reversing disease with nutrition. He has a very simple formula for food: Health = Nutrients/Calories (H= N/C) If you are consuming foods that have a low nutrient content and a high caloric content, chances are your health will eventually be compromised.
He has also created a very helpful chart that rates food according to the nutrient density of the food called ANDI – Aggregate Nutrient Density Index.
For example, on a scale of 0-1000, Kale would be at 1000 and cola would be 1.
It would literally take 20 bowls of oatmeal to equal the nutrients in 1 bowl of kale.
in my opinion, based on over 32 years of experience in active practice, in order for your body to have the fuel and energy to heal and reverse disease, your diet should look something like this:
70% organic vegetables
10% organic fruit (preferably low glycemic like berries)
10% seeds, nuts and grains
10% wild fish, hormone free poultry and meats
Again, if you are trying to reverse and heal a serious illness like Breast Cancer, 80% of your food should be eaten raw. An easy way to get all your vegetables and nutrients is by blending in a powerful blender like a Vita Mix. Blending your veggies with a few low glycemic fruits gives you infinite varieties of tastes and textures. The Raw Family web site is an excellent resource for recipes and ideas. Make sure you soak your nuts and seeds before eating them, as this helps to stimulate the enzymes and creates a more nutrient dense food.
Stay tuned for more articles about Food Equals Medicine as I will be blogging about the Power Foods that turn on your Immune System, detoxify your body and help you reverse and heal “dis-ease” in your body.