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Foods as Medicine for Your Body & Spirit

June 30, 2015

 

SOUL TV EPISODE 135              

Tues 23 June     

 

Foods as Medicine for Your Body & Spirit. Food is more than fuel, it can help to heal when our body needs it. Our experts share which foods help us the most, how to tell what's right for you and their top 3 problems and healing foods. Watch 8pm Tues 23 June www.soultv.com.au     

This blog may hit some of your right between the eyes but I will not apologise as this subject is way too important. The father of modern medicine Hippocrates said, “Let food be your medicine.” He also insisted that all doctors have a good understanding of food and nutrition. Sadly this is no longer the case. Western medicine no longer considers this vital aspect of health as important. Remember: what you put into your body today, walks and talks tomorrow!

In this day and age largely, what people call food, is not food! It is so processed and denatured that it no longer contains enough nutrition for us to survive. Even our fresh foods and vegetable are grown in denatured soils filled with chemical pesticides and fertilisers. At a workshop I was at many years ago, a scientist had a device that measured the amount of vitamins and minerals in fruits. A woman in the audience handed him an orange she was about to eat and when he took the device out of the fruit he looked really puzzled and said the nutritional value was so low it didn’t register. Ask yourself next time you are shopping would your Great grandmother recognise any of the products on the shelves of the super market. Certainly the people of ancient times and those who still live in tribal situations, would not.

How do you know when what you are putting into your body is no longer serving you? Signs and symptoms will be those associated with disease such as: obesity, diabetes, fatigue, lethargy, headaches, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, emotional issues such as depression, anxiety, insomnia…get the picture?? What is disease? It is dis- ease of the body, mind and spirit. It is your body and soul telling you that something is not right and it needs to be fixed sooner rather than later. Our bodies are constantly giving us feedback and what we are not doing for the most part, is listening.

We are all different and there is not a one size fits all where food is concerned but you can apply the same principles to find out what does and doesn’t work for you. Being very general and a basic place to start; Proteins build muscle, fruits are cleansing and vegetables are the mortar that hold everything together.

So a ratio to look at is 1 serving of protein to 2 servings of fruit to 5 – 9 servings of vegetables per day. That is the absolute minimum for the vegies. All must come from premium sources, clean, organic and full of nutrients. Most people these days don’t get that in a month let alone a day. The majority of the world’s children today have 1 serving of vegetable a week and they are French fries!

In general grains are not good for the body, especially modern grains as they are now genetically modified and our bodies cannot recognise, let alone digest them. Nuts and seeds are a really good source of protein for everyone and can be used to replace meat protein. However we still need the iron, especially women. The best source is still small amounts of meat, for the iron not necessarily for the protein. We see so many blood deficient (anaemic) vegetarian women in our clinic and we have to teach them to see meat as medicine. If you cannot eat the meat then at least eat the broth. If you really cannot eat the broth then organic, clean molasses will help. To get the same amount of iron from green leafies you would have to be eating 12 servings a day! Long term anaemia can lead to emotional and mental issues, fatigue, insomnia, infertility and eventually heart problems. So the top three problems I treat in clinic because of lack of nutrition would be weight loss, obesity, digestive problems, mental and emotional disorders and infertility. Yes I know I said top 3 but the list goes on and on!

Ok so what can people generally add into their diets that will help. Green smoothies with nuts and seeds added plus oils, very important. Flax seed, hemp, chia seed and coconut oils are the best to start with. Please don’t use Krill, this is the only food source for the whales and does not belong to humans. Fish oils are heated, they do not cold press fish to get the oil and heating destroys anything good in it. Also it is questionable where the oil is sourced from. ADD and ADHA are all created by a lack of essential fatty acids and poor nutrition. You cannot get good nutrition from most fast foods outlets. They are not your friends, they are profit only corporations and create a steady market for the sickness industry of today.

Not so many smoothies in winter as they are too cold to the system and will put your digestion out. So in winter we look at slow, low cooked foods where all the nutrients are contained in the broth, such as soups and stews.

We NEVER recommend that you take synthetic, isolated and fractionated minerals and vitamins. Your body will dump 90% of it and it won’t know what to do with the rest. As a matter of fact if they are taken for more than a month they become toxic to the body. Do your research and KNOW where your vitamins and minerals are coming from and many of you would be shocked if you where they came from and how they are created. The only way to get all the minerals that you need for good health is to eat whole foods in their natural, synergistic form. There are some great organic green powders out there today, once again do your research to find which one is going to suit you.

We only recommend to clients that they take supplements if they are in emergency mode and then help them to source organic, clean ones. We do recommend taking herbs to help people get over the hump of illness on the way to wellness and these will be proscribed according to their body’s constitution and where it is at and where it needs to get to.

Colour and taste are important in foods as well as which foods are better to eat at certain times of the year.  The greater the range of colour and flavour the better balanced your body will be. Yellow/orange is for the spleen. The flavour is sweet: sweet potato, carrots, paw paw, pineapple. These feed the digestive system. People with lungs problems in winter can eat white foods, the flavour is pungent and inc