3 Reasons to Use Food as Medicine

We’ve all heard the catchphrase, “Food is Medicine.” But, do you know why this is so important?

Don’t worry… I’m not going to leave you hanging!

Below are my top 3 reasons why it’s imperative that we use food as medicine:

  1. Risk of Death: Prescription medication is promoted to the masses of people that are suffering with chronic sickness. Unfortunately, many of those medications come with a slew of dangerous side effects, some of which are downright deadly. “Almost one third of new drugs approved by US regulators over a decade ended up years later with warnings about unexpected, sometimes life-threatening side effects or complications, a Yale University analysis has found. These approved drugs have safety issues such as increased risk of serious skin reaction, liver damage, cancer and death.”[1]  Egads! I’ve yet to hear of anyone dying from eating an apple.
  2. Over Supplementation: When people began getting hip to the negative effects of pharmaceutical medications, and the positive effects of nutrients, the supplement industry was born and flourished! It was touted as a natural alternative for prevention of disease, but in truth, supplements are isolated nutrients that can accumulate in bodily systems and wreak havoc. In the short term supplements can have great benefit, but in the long term, over-supplementation can have detrimental and life-threatening effects on the body. A prime example is calcium supplementation. Forty years ago telling women to take calcium supplements was the norm, especially to help strengthen their bones. Today, we know that calcium supplements contribute to higher rates of breast cancer, heart disease and stroke.[2] Calcium supplements have also been linked to increased risk of kidney stones and prostate cancer in men.[3] No gender is safe from over-supplementation.
  3. The Design of the Body: The supplement industry was on the right track wanting to use nutrients to prevent disease. But, they neglected to take into account the design of the human body; the human body is not an isolated nutrient factory. The body has a specific set of functions that need to be taken into consideration to prevent disease and optimize health. The body is very clearly designed to eat food. We have teeth that masticate our food, enzymes and acids that break it down to extract the various nutrients, and muscles that move fibrous waste and debris through the digestive tract for excretion from the body. Simply put… when wholesome foods with all of their macro and micronutrients intact enter the system, the body will extract what it needs and discard the waste.

With that being said, the quality of our food and the quantity of that food is an entirely different story. You just can’t throw donuts and ding-dongs into your pie-hole and expect good health!

But, I digress…

Start making the catchphrase, “Food as Medicine,” more than just a fluffy idea and begin eating wholesome, organic, naturally raised, local and seasonal foods. You may discover that just by making this one shift, your body will begin functioning better. Once you start eating wholesome foods, you can then “supplement” with supplements when needed.

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[1] http://www.pressreader.com/usa/new-york-post/20170510/281844348551698

[2] https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/05/160512084911.htm

[3] https://chriskresser.com/calcium-supplements-why-you-should-think-twice/