Use Food as Medicine

It is proven that one of the factors that most impacts our physical and mental health is what we eat. So, if a bad diet causes us ailments and diseases, it is normal to assume that a good diet can help us prevent and even cure us from them.

According to the World Health Organization, “a healthy diet helps protect us from malnutrition in all its forms, as well as from non-communicable diseases, including diabetes, heart disease, stroke and cancer.” These conditions are the leading causes of death in developed countries, including the United States. Today we will focus on how we can use food as the best medicine for our body.

Get Tested for Food Sensitivities and Deficiencies: Many of the everyday complaints that we may feel (fatigue, gastrointestinal symptoms, skin problems, insomnia, pains) can be related to vitamin and mineral deficiencies or hidden food sensitivities. Currently, this can be easily detected with a laboratory test that tells you what deficiencies you may have, and which foods you are reacting to, to reduce their intake.

Reduce or Eliminate the Consumption of Processed Foods: that is, everything that comes in a container, bag or box. In the production process, these foods a large amount of additives and preservatives that do not benefit you at all, and they are stripped of other essential nutrients. If you eat mainly whole foods, in their natural state, you will feel a big difference in your energy levels and well-being.

Combine Acidic and Alkaline Foods: acids (animal proteins, dairy, coffee, sugars, simple carbohydrates) lower the pH of the body, while alkalines (mainly raw vegetables and fruits) increase it. When the body is too acidic, bacteria and viruses find the ideal environment to proliferate, so it is best to keep the body slightly alkalized, without falling into extremes. Therefore, a ratio of 60% alkaline foods – 40% acidic is a good starting point, gradually increasing the alkaline ones. The lemon, although it is very acidic, has the virtue of alkalizing the body. This is one of the benefits of drinking lemon water on an empty stomach.

Do Not Overeat: Eating until full, also causes acidification and  puts the body in risk of facing with too heavy digestion. It is better to have small portions five times a day, than a single excessive meal that can cause indigestion.

Seek Help from a Holistic Nutritionist: This is a professional who goes far beyond by just giving you a diet. Makes a comprehensive study of your body, your emotions, your relationships and your particular needs and  proposes changes in lifestyle and diet that can last over time because they are made just for you to improve your physical, mental and spiritual health .

I hope that, with this information, you can start using food as your best medicine. If you want more advice on fitness, health, well-being, I’ll be waiting for you on my social networks @lauraposadalifecoach.