You have probably seen this headline or something similar a few times in the past year. It is an ancient paradigm that was rejected with the advent of Western medicine that has resurfaced with the questioning of the effectiveness of chemical medicine for curing disease.
You see, medicine is primarily created to treat symptoms rather than cure disease. There are many reasons for this, which is a topic for another day. However, if you have ever been less than satisfied with the results of medication, or if you have suffered less-than-desirable side effects from medication, then you might consider looking into the “food as medicine” philosophy.
As a result of long-term high-intensity stress, I developed issues with my brain function. I felt like I was in a fog, my short-term memory shut down (literally), and I developed depression. It wasn’t good, and that’s putting it mildly. At 42 years of age, I was convinced that I was developing early onset of Alzheimer’s disease and that I was close to going insane.
Being someone who has always believed that if you eat healthy you will be healthy, I was determined pull myself out of the fog by diving head first into healthy lifestyle habits. It took a few years, but I did it, and never once took any prescribed or over-the-counter medication other than natural supplements and organic, chemical-free foods. As a result, I dropped 25–30 pounds, my brain is functioning the best it has in many years, and I no longer suffer from depression.
Was my recovery 100% a result of eating healthy, nutrient dense foods? No, but it played a critical role in changing me for the better. Had I continued eating processed foods and non-organic big-Ag produce, I would still be sick and overweight today.
I know it sounds counterintuitive, but proper nutrition allows your brain and your organs to function maximally, and it creates an environment in the body that is disease resistant. Our bodies are designed to protect us from harm and heal our diseases. When you don’t have the nutrients your body needs to perform these tasks, it falls prey to disease.
If this topic piques your interest, I encourage you to watch the documentary Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. The main character in this movie was very sick and well on his way to premature death. The movie follows him on his journey to full recovery using the “food as medicine” paradigm. Please check it out!
I hope today’s topic was helpful.
Yours in health and wellness,