Let your food be your medicine and your medicine your food
A growing number of scientific researches prove that healthy food is directly related to health and diseases and health problems that afflict modern man.
Among other things, experts have come to the conclusion that in biologically processed food there is certain order that provides life energy to human body and strengthens its natural resistance.
Our body can recognize that we eat healthy food, because in this case health problems rejects of the invisible line of defense, and a proper diet can cure many diseases, including some very heavy.
Fortunately, more and more people who care about the food they consume are aware that the food we ate in the last century is far from being the same that we eat today.
For example, eggs of the chickens that 50 years ago freely walked and grazed grass contained up to four times more omega-3 essential acids compared with eggs of chickens today who are, unfortunately, clenched together and certainly they do not seem happy about it.
Also the milk of animals that eat grass compared to those that feed grains contain 500 percent more CLA – conjugated linoleic acid, which is sold as a ingredient of one of the most popular product for weight loss.
And then we wonder how it is that a nation are becoming fatter, while everyone wants to have a socially acceptable body
Food industry from the middle of the last century to today produced more than 3500 different chemicals that are added daily to the food. Besides that, it annually produces about 200 000 tons of chemical additives that are consumed with food.
According to that, each one of us eat every year an average of about three kilograms of additives, which certainly threatens our health long-term.
Male and female body is different
Nevertheless, it is still famous message of the Greek physician Hippocrates who ,in the fourth century BC, said: ‘Let your food be your medicine and your medicine your food “.
Male and female body is different, so in certain stages of life each male and female body needs a different food to prevent different diseases.
For example, women during pregnancy, premenopausal and menopause are more prone to depression and osteoporosis, while only a few men suffer from male menopause, but are more prone to gout (inflammation of the joints caused by the high content of uric acid in the blood to the joints disposed crystals), Parkinson’s disease, acne, dandruff …
Therefore, men have a greater need for protein because they have more muscle mass than women, so they nutritional needs are not the same.
Men who suffer from gout should not eat foods rich in purine, such as seafood, scallops, asparagus, red meat, spinach, alcohol, while women who are three times more prone to depression than men need to resort to food which is actually a “natural Prozac “, and these are foods rich in tryptophan, an essential acid that is a precursor of serotonin, the hormone of happiness and satisfaction, namely: poultry meat, hake, tuna, scallops, asparagus, brown rice, broccoli, bananas …
Scientists have confirmed that in the fight against cancer in addition to smart drugs also food from our fridge can help us. Moreover, based on the report prepared by the US Congress, its estimated that to adequate nutrition mortality due to cancer in the United States could be reduced by 35 percent, and prevention of cancer by dietary becomes extremely exciting area of research around the world.
For example, adequate nutrition helps prevent three types of cancer that the takes most lifes – lung cancer, colon cancer and breast cancer, but not limited to.
Vitamin A, fiber and fat
Studies show that the protection of malignancies beginning from vitamin A or its precursor carotene that is proven to reduce the risk of developing lung cancer, stomach and esophagus, and a very rich amount of carotene, which will be converted into vitamin A is found in carrots, spinach, pumpkin, asparagus and potatoes.
Also, recent studies have confirmed that people who consume a lot of vitamin C rarely get cancer of the stomach and esophagus. This vitamin is found in pineapple, lemon, tomatoes, strawberries, raspberries, cauliflower …
Insoluble fiber which abound in grains, nuts and vegetables, helps to increase the volume of food on the way through the colon and also provides faster throughput, shorter retention and concentration of harmful substances in the intestines, so experts advise – eat as much cereal, whole wheat bread and brown rice , cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, radishes, beets, and a lot of lemon, selenium, spinach, soy, beans, cereals and vegetable oils, because it turned out that people who have listed foods often on their plates are significantly less likely to develop colon cancer .
Among preventive measures is reduced intake of fat, which if its excessive is associated with breast, colon, prostate, ovary and uterus cancer, so it is considered that the daily intake of fat in the total caloric intake should not exceed 30 percent. This is achieved by eating fish, white meat, dairy products with lower fat and lower intake of butter and margarine.
Alcohol consumption should also be kept to minimum, because excessive drinking also increases the risk of stomach cancer and colon cancer, and if associated with smoking, even cancer of the mouth, pharynx and esophagus. Consumption limit should also be with eating dry and smoked meat, and overly salty and acidic foods.
A healthy heart and a clear mind
To preserve a healthy heart enjoy the Mediterranean diet, which is rich in pasta, salads, fruit, vegetables, olive oil and garlic. People who respect the legality of such a diet reduce the risk of heart diseases by 75 percent.
The pasta is almost no fat, olive oil contains unsaturated fats that lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of atherosclerosis. Besides olive oil is rich in vitamin E, which is a powerful antioxidant that also keeps blood vessels from atherosclerosis.
Blue fish, especially sardines and mackerel protect blood-vessel system because they contain a lot of omega-3 fatty acids. Fruits and green vegetables are an excellent source of antioxidant vitamins C and E and beta carotene, which act against the harmful effects of free radicals.
The capacity of memory can be driven by higher intake of unsaturated fatty acids such as Omega 3 contained in oily fish. Researches have shown that children who are fed with milk enriched with omega acids 3 fatty acids already with seven years had a higher quotient of intelligence peers who consumed non-enriched milk.
Mental skills can be improved with a greater input of potassium (containing in the citrus fruit, salad, sunflower seeds, bananas and potatoes), zinc (wheat germ, pumpkin seeds, eggs …) and amino acid (soy products, cheese and almonds).
Nutritional experts recommend at least significantly increase of the proportion of raw food in relation to the cooked food, pointing out that cooking destroys ezim, chlorophyll – necessary to supply oxygen to our cells, certain vitamins, especially vitamin C, many antioxidants and other active phytochemicals.
Remember, the enzymes are our “spark of life”, they stimulate the digestive process and affect the proper cellular respiration and blood circulation, break down fats and carbohydrates.
Raw food preserves youth
Thermal treatment of fats and oils, which is now widespread, can have a negative impact on health, since during heating fats and oils at high temperatures release lipid peroxides, highly toxic free radicals responsible for the development of osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, stroke, immune system diseases and malignancies.
Raw plant foods can help in preventing and treating many diseases and cleanses the body of toxins. Raw food eater entries in the body a large amount of enzymes and vitamins, so they have more physical and mental energy because they stimulate the regenerative process and the entire body becomes fresher and younger. They sleep better, are psychologically stable, rarely suffer from digestive problems because it is constantly detoxify.
Such food is also significantly cheaper because fruits and vegetables you can grow yourself in the most natural way. Raw food is full of antioxidants, which stimulate the immune system, neutralize free radicals and thus preventing the occurrence of a number of degenerative diseases, and even malignant, and significantly slowing down the aging.