The food we eat has a deep and lasting impact on our health, as well as our wellbeing. With food scares and obesity on the rise, it has become imperative that we become more aware of what passes our lips. By becoming more aware, we can choose the right healing foods that will help us to maintain and improve our health.
Nutritional scientists are now drawing ever closer to the premise underscored by Hippocrates over 2,000 years ago. Science has now discovered the importance of eating whole foods – fresh, nutrient-dense foods – in order to strengthen our immunity and to foster health. On the other hand, the modern world is awash with processed foods that do untold damage to our health.
Using Foods to Heal your Body
Here are some practical steps you can take to improve your health and wellbeing through your diet.
No single food or food group can supply the body with all the nutrients and energy it needs. That is the reason why nutritionists today emphasize the need to adopt a diverse diet.
1. A varied, seasonal, organic diet rich in plant foods can help protect against diseases such as cancer and diabetes.
- To improve the balance of your diet, and to bolster your immunity, choose sprouted pulses, fresh salsas, and pickles.
- Fermented foods are also great for enhancing immunity and staving off disease. If you are in Singapore, we recommend trying the bento boxes and cultured fizzes from Good Food Heals.
- Ancient grains like spelt and quinoa should be eaten more regularly instead of processed grains such as cereal and pasta, which nutritionists believe strain our gut and digestive systems, which could lead to gluten intolerance, inflammation or allergies.
- Following a varied diet also naturally reduces your sugar and salt consumption – which are risk factors for heart disease.
2. Adopt the 80:20 rule – whereby you ensure that your 80 percent of your diet consists of local, preferably seasonal, unprocessed ingredients; versus 20 percent of treats and processed meals. Moderation is, therefore, the key to a health.
3. Thirdly, choose organic where you can, which according to various scientific studies, contain more nutrients than conventionally grown foods. On average, organic foods contain 63 percent more calcium, 60 percent more zinc, and 73 percent more iron.
Looking specifically at different diseases, to combat or prevent cancer, which now strikes around one out of five people globally, it would be best to incorporate blackberries, carrots, fermented foods, kefir, miso, mushrooms and turmeric into your diet.
- Hypertension, a common ailment, can be controlled with a diet rich in eggs, garlic, okra, and avocado.
- Beetroot, cherries, milk, and oats, on the other hand, are better for helping to treat diabetes.
- Alzheimer’s disease can be kept in check with coconut and turmeric.
Try to also introduce some superfoods into your diet – especially blueberries, kale and Greek Yoghurt. Blueberries are rich in antioxidants to prevent illnesses and aging; while Greek Yoghurt promotes a healthy gut; it is a rich source of calcium and it helps with weight loss. Kale is packed with fortifying nutrients, it detoxifies the body, and it lowers cholesterol levels.