Of causes and reasons
"Whoever is the father of a disease, an ill diet is its mother,"says an old Chinese proverb. Today we know that there is more truth in this saying than first meets the eye, and even with diseases that were previously thought unconnected with diet. But the most striking proof of the proverb is the rise of our chronic degenerative diseases, which are all food-related. As our foods started deteriorating, so degenerative disorders climbed to the point of now killing up to 8 out of 10 persons in western society. Slowly but inexorably during the 20th century, food from a vital source of energy and health, has become the main cause of morbidity and death.The use of foods
This explains the need for this section. For foods may be used in a myriad ways for the benefit of the consumer. And first of all they can strengthen our immune system and make us more resistant to disease. They can balance our metabolism, so that our weight remains steady and normal. They can regulate our hormonal secretions and keep estrogen within acceptable levels. They can lower our total cholesterol, but keep good cholesterol (HDL) unchanged for a better cholesterol ratio. They can relieve inflammation and pain. They can help fight bacteria and viruses. They can reduce high blood pressure. They can be used to detoxify the organism of most noxious substances. They can help prolong life and maintain youthful behavior. They can improve our stamina and sports performance. They can help build a muscular body, without the dangers of corticosteroids. They are decidedly critical in losing weight slowly, safely and permanently. They can be used to ward off but also cure chronic degenerative diseases, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal and metabolic disorders, help heal skin diseases and many exclusive female problems. In fact, this whole website is about what the proper use of foods can do for you. And all this without side effects, something that must be always remembered.
Imbalance and renewal
Now we also know that nutrient imbalances are at the root of a great many of the so-called mental disorders, including many forms of anxiety, depression, stress, and even learning difficulties and attention deficit and hyperactivity disorders in children. Food, that is proper food for you as an individual, combined with correct eating habits, can not only relieve you of all anxiety about the future of your health, but within a period of two years can endow you with a new body down to the cellular level. That is how long it takes for all of our 60 trillion cells to be renewed.
A few simple rules
Unfortunately, we cannot possibly discuss extensively all foods here. Therefore, we have chosen to review a few of the most common beneficial foods. Most of them are plant foods, vegetables, herbs, and spices. What is worth remembering is certain simple principles that are applicable to all such foods. Thus buy and eat:
1. Fresh plant foods. There is a world of difference between fresh plant foods and old, frozen or processed ones.
2. Plant foods in their natural season. This is when plant foods are biologically at their best, and likely to be most fresh.
3. Organically grown foods. But be sure they are what they claim to be. Such foods often bear witness of their origin, as for example the name of the grower and the date of culling, are more expensive, smaller, spotted, less wholesome looking, last less whether in the fridge or outside, but taste great, unlike their better looking cousins.
4. No genetically engineered foods. Such foods are not necessarily harmful. In fact, they may be beneficial. The trouble is that no one knows the long term effects of manipulating the genetic code of our foods.