Food can make you sick or food can heal you

Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food. — Hippocrates, father of medicine, 431 B.C.

When Hippocrates wrote this famous quote, he was probably referring to food as it is defined in the dictionary: “Edible or potable substance (usually of animal or plant origin), consisting of nourishing and nutritive components such as carbohydrates, fats, proteins, essential mineral and vitamins, which (when ingested and assimilated through digestion) sustains life, generates energy, and provides growth, maintenance, and health of the body”[1]. What he didn’t imagine though, was that today’s way of nourishment has also the power to make people sick. Food nowadays, is not as simple and nutritious as it sounds, most of it consists of refined sugar, trans fats, genetically modified organism and chemicals and hormones that have a direct relation with illnesses such as diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, crohn’s disease and even cancer. Therefore, when trying to look for healing or having a better life, some people attempt to come back to the purest and healthiest version of food.

There are numerous testimonies of individuals who after being affected by illnesses, healed or better copped with them, after changing their diet and life style. This is the case of Rich Roll who after finding himself in his 40’s overweight and leading a sedentary life that could lead to a hearth attack, changed his diet to a plant based one and started exercising. Few years later he has been a top finisher at the 2008 and 2009 Ultraman World Championships in Hawaii and completed 5 ironman-distance triathlons on 5 islands of Hawaii in under a week. He is as well a full-time wellness and plant-based nutrition advocate, motivational speaker and writer. Another example is Kris Carr, also a wellness advocate and author of the documentary Crazy Sexy Cancer, where she tells how after being diagnosed with a rare, incurable stage-4 cancer back in 2003, she has been able to live a healthier life since after turning to a plant based diet. Finally, Sarah Wilson a former newspaper, magazine and TV journalist, who was affected by an autoimmune disease that attacks the thyroid, saw her health improving after experimenting quitting sugar. Sarah is the author of the international best-seller I Quit Sugar, and is director and founder of IQuitSugar.com a wellness program that has helped many people quit sugar and see the benefits of this decision.

These few experiences are a clear example of the power of food, and most importantly the power of our own choices. Even though some diseases may be congenital or acquired, some are also our responsibility. Hence, it is within the individuals’ willingness and power to make wise decisions that will lead to a healthier body and a better life.

[1]Business dictionary. www.businessdictionary.com/definition/food.html. Accessed 13Nov.2016.

 

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