Do's and Dont's Of A Healthy Diet
Some of you have asked if there are specific foods I can recommend for healing. I’ve dedicated my life’s work to promoting health and wellness through the power of nature’s bounty. First, some general recommendations. Then I’ll get into specifics.
It was the ancient father of modern medicine, Hippocrates, who famously said: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Couldn’t have said it better myself! Health and wellness begin with good nutrition. And good nutrition comes primarily from whole, organic plant foods, and minimally-processed grains, fresh fish, herbs, and lean meats. It also springs from what you DON’T eat: processed, “engineered” foods, pesticides from non-organic produce, synthetic dyes, questionable preservatives and other additives, and added sugar. Sugar in all its forms floods the modern marketplace.
To the extent that it replaces artificially sweetened, or sugared beverages, water can have a positive impact on health. Of course we all need water to survive, and can get it from just about any source, including some foods. But plain, fresh water helps the kidneys do their job of flushing toxins from the body. Proper hydration can make your skin look better, prevent dehydration headaches, and generally make you feel better. Adequate water helps promote digestion, too, although I believe it’s best to drink before or after a meal, so as not to dilute the gastric juices as you eat.
Grapes and Berries
All fruits are good for you, and bright color is often an indication that a given fruit or vegetable contains beneficial antioxidant pigment compounds. But grapes and berries in particular have been shown to possess certain chemicals that may actually boost immunity. If you’re trying to heal from any sort of infection, they just might give your immune system the boost it needs to win the battle.
Cold-water fish, such as salmon and tuna, contain significant quantities of anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids. The American diet is heavy on pro-inflammatory omega-6 fatty acids, but it’s often lacking in these counter-balancing nutrients. Omega-3s are essential nutrients: we have to have them to survive and thrive. They’re converted in the body into compounds that put the brakes on inflammation. And that could spell relief from inflammatory diseases ranging from arthritis to Alzheimer’s disease, cardiovascular disease, and even diabetes. Wild salmon has the added advantage of a natural pigment compound called astaxanthin. It’s a powerful antioxidant, which gives salmon it’s rich reddish color, and just may help relieve oxidative stress in your body. Many diseases are linked to oxidative stress.