Many of us are blessed to live in a world of abundance. Where every type of food is available at any time of the day or night, regardless of where it came from.
Although, it seems like having an abundance of available food would be a good thing, it may not actually be the best practice for our health.
Each ecosystem around the world has exactly the right amount of sunshine, rainfall, and specific types of soil for its plant species to thrive. And every animal within that ecosystem is in harmony with the plants and is thriving as well.
Except, it seems, for us modern humans.
We have given ourselves all of the creature comforts of a warm home and shelter, but we have neglected to keep ourselves in alignment with our surrounding environment and it is showing up in our high rates of disease.
Where I live in the northeastern United States, palm trees, banana trees, and coconuts cannot grow, or at least they cannot grow healthy here unless they are kept in a carefully controlled environment. Tropical and subtropical trees cannot thrive in a temperate climate because they wouldn’t have the elements needed to sustain their growth.
If I live in a temperate climate like New York State, and I eat food that comes from a tropical environment like Costa Rica, it can throw me, and my endocrine system, out of balance.
Eating foods from all over the world sends mixed messages to the pineal gland and to our entire endocrine system about where we are.
If you are a little confused, let’s take a closer look at how eating foods grown outside of your climate can negatively affect your endocrine system and your health.
Your pineal gland is the pea-sized gland that sits in the center of your brain. It lives on the endocrine system and is considered your Global Positioning System (GPS) or internal compass, and it controls your body’s clock as well. The pineal gland takes in sunlight, temperature, and environmental factors, and regulates your body’s circadian rhythms.
The circadian rhythm is responsible for:
- sleeping and waking patterns
- endocrine functions
- hormone production
- digestion and regulation of nutrition
- cell regeneration
- and many other processes in the body
Disruption of the circadian rhythm leads to insomnia, impaired glucose absorption, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, obesity, depression, and decreased life expectancy.
Regulation of your circadian rhythm requires having access to sunlight and moonlight and eating foods from your environment.
Plants require light to grow. The amount of light the plants are exposed to regulate the amount of carbohydrates and sugars the plant contains. When you eat plants, you are eating transmuted sunlight. If you are living in one type of environment/climate and are eating foods from an entirely different environment/climate, your body is receiving mixed messages about where it is. This can disrupt the timing and flow of the natural circadian rhythms in the body.
You can reset the body’s natural circadian rhythms and get into a more harmonious flow by getting outside into nature as often as possible and by eating the foods that are local and seasonal to your environment and ecosystem.
Eating locally and seasonally grown food as often as possible helps your internal environment (the body’s organs and systems) get in harmony with your external environment (where you live), creating a more balanced condition.
When the body is in harmony and balanced, energy levels naturally increase, including the body’s ability to heal.
When the body is out of balance, healing may not happen, or it may take a longer time, like in the case of chronic infections that can drain adrenal energy. We have to learn how to work with nature and the environment, not against it.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying to NEVER eat anything that grows outside of your environment. I am saying to eat the foods that can grow within your environment most often. You can still occasionally eat food that grows in other climates besides your own, but always let it depend on how you’re feeling physically.
For those of you who do NOT know what grows in your environment, you are not alone.
As a species, mostly we are disconnected from the natural cycles and seasons of the Earth. To get reconnected and understand what’s growing in your area of the world at any given time of the year, I highly suggest joining a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), or going to your local farmer’s market.
The local farmers in your area cannot naturally grow something that is not in harmony with their climate and environment unless they are growing food in temperature-controlled environments like greenhouses or using hydroponics or other means.
I’ve been a member of a CSA for over two decades, and I have never EVER received a banana or a coconut from my local farmer, nor have I ever seen them at my local farmer’s market. Those foods cannot grow in the environment where I live (New York State). Understanding that concept, I eat them only occasionally.
Regardless of what the marketing and agricultural industries say about the health benefits of bananas or coconut water or any other food that is being marketed to the masses, I know the truth. Those plants simply do not grow anywhere near where my physical body lives. So they are not a part of my daily diet.
There was a young student who attended one of my live classes in New York City. The topic was adrenal health; she attended because she was feeling wiped out. When I began talking about eating local and seasonal foods to balance the body and increase energy, she had a big “aha” moment.
She said, “Last year, I began using coconut water and bananas every morning in my smoothie. Initially I felt great, but for the past few months I have been more exhausted than ever. Now I understand why!”
Local and seasonal eating is one of the best ways to support the health of your endocrine system and your entire body.
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Andrea Beaman is an internationally renowned Holistic Health Coach, Natural Foods Chef, Speaker, Herbalist and best-selling author. Named one of the top 100 Most Influential Health and Fitness Experts, she is also a recipient of the Natural Gourmet Institute’s Award for Excellence in Health-Supportive Education and a Health Leadership award from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Since 1999, Andrea has been teaching people how to harness the body’s own preventative and healing powers using food, herbal remedies and alternative medicine.
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