“He that takes medicine and neglects diet wastes the skills of the physician.” ~ Chinese proverb
Nothing effects your health like the food that you eat. That’s why its time to start thinking of food in medicinal terms. Many foods can be just as effective as some popular medications. All foods, of course, break down into smaller chemicals or micronutrients. These molecules can have just as dramatic effect on your body as the molecules in a prescription drug. And let’s not forget that many foods may help cause the illnesses that lead to the consumption of medicine. White bread and corn syrup come to mind.
In order to get the full benefits of a healthy diet, you really need to eat a wide and diverse set of ingredients. Simply eating one food that has strong health benefits won’t offset an otherwise nutritionally devoid diet. Also, to reap the full benefits of these foods, they need to be eaten in small increments over long periods of time. Simply consuming a pound of dark chocolate is counterproductive. All things in moderation, and all things across time.
|Pecans are delicious. But did you know they are good for you too? Worth a stop next time you are traveling the highway in Georgia.||Everyone is talking about whole grains now. One of the most nutritious is plain old whole wheat that man has been eating for centuries.|
|It helps you wake up and keeps you moving. But it can also help keep you healthy over the long run. Drinking coffee has lots of health benefits.||You may have heard that eating fish is good for your brain. Well eating salmon is good for your entire body.|
|Don’t you like to eat sweet, tasty things anyway? Why not munch on a cup or two of blueberries each day and help heal your whole body.||Drinking several cups of green tea everyday may be like taking a new wonder drug. Replace a sugary soda with a cup of tea to see major health benefits|
|Most people are already drinking milk. Switch to milk from grass fed cows and help reduce your risk of many major illnesses. And maybe lose weight too.||Red wine in moderation can lower your chance of heart disease. Consider a hangover drink if you avoid wine because it makes you feel sick.|
Eating healthy nutritious food is more expensive then eating cheap processed foods. Don’t let that lead you to making a poor decision. A healthy diet can keep you out of the hospital. It can prevent lost pay due to illness and it can help you avoid a very expensive chronic disease. Even if you have good health insurance, everyone’s out of pocket expenses are going up. And really, if you add up the higher cost of healthier ingredients over the span of a week or a month, its actually much less then you would think.