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Food is medicine

Natural Medicine. Can Food Be Medicine?

Is Food Medicine?

Only when you know your body to feel energized and clean can this be answered.  For the diet of cheap, fast and in some cases necessary the body may not know what it feels or if something is wrong at all?

Food is medicine, and I rediscovered this by participating in a detox.

In our culture of trying to feel better, the “new year” brings lots of cleanses and detoxes. I have never participated in this specific cleanse or detox because I thought if you choose healthy foods, then why would you need to cleanse your bodies organs.

However I did my first gallbladder cleanse.  And yes I am going to show you what came out.

This is something every human can benefit from after the age of 30 at least once every decade.  Check with a MD who knows about this and good luck finding them however it is especially needed for those who have eaten poorly for a long time.

News flash.   Junk food is the cause of gallstones and kidney stones.  Pay attention.  The pic is educational although my wife thinks its gross.  Maybe it is however this is what may be living in you.  And I ate apples four a day for three weeks to prepare for this.  And those stones where after the first and second round were flushed.

Gallbladder flush

As a general experiment to our clean eating we starting further modifying our diets and taking out gluten, dairy, and any unnoticed processed foods. We also decreased the amount of fat in our diet. However I like healthy fat because that is what our brain is made up of and it requires good fats.  We eat healthily, and Lisa knows how to cook healthy foods.

We also did a liver cleanse later that year and what a surprise that it was a challenge! By the 4th day in, we were tired, cranky, and just wanted “real food.” We powered through, and in the end are grateful for the experience. What we learned is the detoxes/cleanses are really about bringing one back to the basics of food. Cutting out all the process foods and returning to the basics of foods and nutrition.

It takes the cleanses and changes in diet and long enough to reset.  Without a proper reset you will revert immediately.  And the cleanses have to be many and often enough to clear out the not so good stored crap.

Food and Illness

As a pediatrician, Lisa has seen first hand how foods can heal and harm. In America, our obesity rate is up over 185% and tripled in children in the last 50 years. Our society has become focused on weight and fad diets instead of addressing the real problem: our food supply and the quality of our food supply. In our fast-paced world, Americans rely on fast foods and processed foods to eat quickly. Even when we feel that we are making healthy choices, labels many times are misleading. The basic quality of our food produced here in the United States has declined with our fruits and vegetable yielding a lower concentration of nutrients. Many of our foods have pesticides, harmful chemicals, and antibiotics in them wreaking havoc on our bodies. Our food is medicine, and poor quality food leads to chronic illnesses and disease.

The Liver and Healing

In addition to just getting back to the basics of food, the cleanse focused on the liver brought to mind the eastern medicine approach to healing organs and in specific the liver. In western medicine, we focus on symptoms to illnesses and rely less on prevention or what is the deep cause. Western doctors also tend to separate emotions and stresses from the disease.

Eastern medicine knows the importance of treating the whole individual: body, mind, emotions, and soul which is the holistic model. The liver is responsible for the smooth flow of emotions, as well as the Qi (energy) and blood. It is the organ most affected by excess stress or emotions. Anger is the associated emotion with the liver. The eyes and the tendons of the body are also associated with the liver. So when one is having tendonitis or difficulty seeing, look to the liver for healing.

The gallbladder supports the liver and the two require cleansing. Apples support and are a part of cleansing the gallbladder.  The reduction of stone size is affected by the malic acid in the apples and as a regular dietary source will allow stones to pass naturally.  An apple a day….

Apple Medicine

When we work on healing one organ, it tends to work at improving many processes in the body. The systems of body are all interwoven and nothing can truly be separated, the irony of removing organs and such because it is part of a whole.  Surgery is the last option however when you are not given natural options it tends to be the first option depending on where you go for service.

Prescription: Food as Medicine

So what are we to do with our food, healing our organs, and healing our whole body?

We are blessed to have be on this journey to healing for the last 30 years.  Here are a few things that we have learned through this process.

Start with loving your body, mind, and soul. Spend some time enjoying every inch of yourself, including your organs. This jumpstarts healing and any cleanse or detox. The human mind is powerful, and setting an intention to heal will eventually manifest.

Food is in fact medicine.  That means natural is important when it comes to seeing food as medicine.  Eliminate processed food. It’s best to shop on the perimeter of the grocery store instead of in the aisles. Here you will find your fresh produce, meats once you have tackled the elimination of processed foods, then eliminating food groups that cause inflammation such as dairy, gluten, and some nuts.

Food is medicine

Get in the kitchen. Cooking can seem overwhelming. We were lucky to have mom’s who cooked for our family. Lisa had to learn how to cook when we started our family, and then she had to learn how to cook with healthy foods. Fortunately, there are many resources online as well as cookbooks. Two cookbooks we use regularly are Nourishing Traditions and Clean Eats.

The quality of food is a dilemma. One must balance cost, health, time. In general, we find it is good to buy in bulk because it tends to be cheaper. Also, cooking on the weekend and preparing weekly meals and snacks saves time during the busy work week. Organic foods are best; however, if you can’t afford, then certain fruits and veggies are better organic and other ones one may buy conventional. The dirty dozen are foods that tend to contain more pesticides, whereas the clean 15 have fewer pesticides. Reading labels is difficult. What does 15 g of sugar mean? What are those ingredients?

Detox Medicine

A detox or cleanse is a way to jumpstart a healthy change in your diet. There are many out there on the market, and it can be confusing what to choose and what will be good for your own body. One needs to be careful to take it slow and not to shock the body. Eastern bodywork essential to balance the energy of the body and maintain healthy organs. In Asia, many doctors get paid as long as they keep their patients healthy, and then once sick, they no longer get paid. This is the importance they place on preventive care. Maintaining a healthy body, mind, spirit requires tune-ups.

Daily meditation and gratitude practice are important rituals in self-healing. Food that is natural is medicine and does nourish our body, mind, and soul. Meditation allows nourishment to do its magic. Gratitude is an attitude. When we stay in a place of appreciation, our energy remains calm. Taking time each day to be present and be grateful for this wonderful life is key to a whole, healthy person.

If you would like help in any of these areas: bodywork, nutrition, meditation, it is available. We are ready and willing to help you heal yourself.

 

 

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