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Food for Thought
Posted: August 26, 2009, from the September 2009 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.
Why people choose to eat certain foods is based on a complex culmination of many factors, such astaste preferences, cultural background, learned eating, emotions, peer pressure, family members’ preferences, habits, environmental factors, time, location and availability. However, the bottom line is, whatever you eat has a direct effect on your health. Meaning, in essence, you really are what you eat.
Although the human body has an amazing capacity to heal, the added stress of eating foods that are not the best for your health can, over a period of time, contribute to lowering the immune system, accumulating toxins and creating disease in the body. Eating the wrong foods can weaken and imbalance the body, but eating the right foods helps it to strengthen and balance.
Health can vary at different times according to factors such as genetics, age, stress levels, constitutional weaknesses and strengths, diet, and emotional and spiritual well-being. Food can be utilized to harmonize and balance an individual’s condition during these changes, and it can also be used for preventive self-care, to help bring the body back into balance during or following illness.
Eating for health is a lifestyle choice, something that is done on a daily basis. It’s making food choices that empower your health. There is no perfect diet or perfect food—what may be an optimal food for one person may not be the best for another. Everyone’s body is unique, each with its own individual constitution, and it requires each person to understand their body type in order to eat optimally for it.
Hippocrates said, “Let medicine be your food and food be your medicine,” but it seems this concept—the value of food as medicine—has yet to be fully embraced in the West.