It would be marvelous if we could follow a diet which guaranteed that we would never get cancer or develop osteoporosis or diabetes. Imagine there’s a food plan which will give you longevity, good health, strong bones, and perfect organs. Wouldn’t you want to follow it? Still, how many of us follow our own version of this lifetime-guaranteed diet (or know of something else who does) and still fall prey to any number diseases and illnesses? Genetics and stress.
These are the magic words that allow all the quirks of the human body to exist without an easily explained reason. Let’s face it, you could be a vegan, consume no animal products at all, and still have a cholesterol level that might be through the roof. How is this possible? The liver produces 80% of the cholesterol in the body, and its dysfunction could be caused your by genetic code. The human body is a massively complex construction. When something goes wrong and disease occurs, we have two options:
Aid and abet the disease - continue doing what you're doing
Fight the disease - change your lifestyle to improve your health
How to Fight Back
The best way to fight any disease is to understand the disease, the effect it has on the body, and then eat according to one’s needs. If you develop gout, for instance, then a diet that’s good for arthritis is necessary for the body to work effectively. High purine foods should be avoided or vastly reduced (meats, seafood, food containing yeast). One recent overall preventative trend is to move to a plant-based diet. Former President Bill Clinton turned to this kind of food plan to reverse heart disease after two heart conditions that threatened his life.
Plant-based diets have also been proved to reduce the incidences of breast cancer, reduce the incidences of prostate cancer, and enable those two are on medications to take less medication for maximum effectiveness for instance, in the case of diabetics. Recent studies have linked particular foods to the prevention or deceleration of specific diseases. Turmeric, coffee, and leafy greens, for instance, have all been classified as ‘medical’ foods that slow the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. It is no longer the realm of alternative lifestylers or hippies that use food to fight disease. Science is giving us the facts in order to adjust our diets, using everyday foods, so that we can live healthier and longer.
How to Start Using Food to Fight Disease
It’s simple. If your body is not performing efficiently or you have a disease that is hampering your own abilities, it’s time to do two things:
Do your research. Don’t go scouring the internet and pick up any nefarious diet with seemingly good anecdotal ‘evidence’ linked to fighting disease. Consult a site of repute, go your local college or university library, and/or get help from a dietician. Heart disease has been proved to be prevented and reversed in a matter of weeks through diet according to Caldwell B Esselstyn Jnr, M.D. Some cancer patients have seen a marked improvement by way of a change to macrobiotics. Whatever your disease, be proactive and smart. The research is out there.
Make a commitment to a lifestyle filled with clean food and exercise that suits your body. There is no healthy living without the balance of food and exercise. There is no point in following a food plan, getting better, and then abandoning it when you start feeling better.
The Bottom Line
In 1826, Anthelme Brillat-Savarin wrote in Physiologie du Gout, ou Meditations de Grastronomie Transcendante, “Dis-moi que to mange, je te dirai ce que tu es.” Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are. Since then we have been paraphrasing his words: you are what you eat. If we focus on what goes inside the body, we have more chance of creating a healthy environment within us to aid the recovery and regeneration of cells to help a keep and maintain a healthy body. Considering we walk around in such a complex machine, it might be worth the effort to read the manual and make some changes.
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