Pro Diet Tip: Use Food As Medicine
The foods you include in your diet also play a vital role in controlling inflammation levels and balancing blood sugar. By using food as medicine you can also regulate your cardiovascular health, and help your digestive organs to process and eliminate waste. Did you know that certain foods can act like medicine in your diet (hello, an apple a day)? Keep reading; our top fitness app trainers share how your diet and the foods you eat can be used as medicine. Plus, you’ll learn which medicinal foods make the largest impact in your overall health, which foods you should avoid, and how to get started today eating healthily right away.
“Turmeric, broccoli, ginger and green tea are actually anti-inflammatory in nature.”
- Wade Abawi, AbawiFit App
Why Use Food As Medicine
First decreasing & controlling all inflammation is key. Anti-inflammatory foods are a major contributor to the effects of aging. Inflammation is a response from the immune system when the body is being threatened, affecting every tissue, and cell in the body. Research also shows that “obesity has a strong inflammatory component,” a problem that now affects nearly two-thirds of all adults in the United States.(1)
Improving Absorption of Nutrients
Many of today’s illnesses are due to nutritional deficiencies and high rates of free radical damage. The majority of processed convenience foods are stripped of their natural nutrients or at least partly man-made, packed with synthetic ingredients and preservatives but very low in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fiber and enzymes. (3)
The Best Foods You Can Use As Medicine
Grab the greens
Green vegetables such as kale, wheatgrass, spinach as well as fresh vegetable juices are considered some of the healthiest foods on the planet. They help restore the body’s proper pH, prevent nutrient deficiencies and detoxify the blood.
Antioxidants found in vegetables are an amazing thing: They develop within plants to protect the plant from its damaging environment including ultraviolet radiation, predator pests, toxins, and pollution.
Keep it level
The human body actually works hard to keep its pH level at a level of 7.36. Nearly all diseases including infections, diabetes and even cancer thrive in an acidic environment.
Processed, low-quality foods make the body more acidic and allow diseases to thrive more easily. (2) But by alkalizing your body naturally through eating more plant foods such as fresh vegetables, you help prevent further bodily damage.
Where’s the beef?
Consuming nutrient-packed meats, plus making bone broth with the remaining parts that are normally discarded (like bones, skin, and ligaments), provides us with hard-to-find nutrients like collagen, glucosamine and an abundance of electrolytes and trace minerals. These nutrients help ward off and treat illnesses. If you find making things like bone broth time consuming, make sure to check out our organic supplements.
Food As Medicine=Probiotics
Probiotics are not only critical for optimal digestion, but also for overall immune function and health. The digestive tract is the second largest part of our neurological system and holds 80 percent of your entire immune system! A huge array of illnesses actually stem from poor gut health, including thyroid imbalances, chronic fatigue, joint pain, psoriasis, autism, and food allergies.
Beneficial bacteria and other microbes living in the digestive tract thrive when we regularly replenish them. As you constantly see in our blog posts and on our YouTube channel, we can’t stop sharing the benefits of probiotics and other healthy supplements enough. They are just that good for your body!
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