FOOD IS MEDICINE

Through the centuries, healers from all around the globe have practiced different methods, and used a variety of herbs and remedies in their practice, depending on where they lived, and which spiritual beliefs they had. The common tool they all used was in fact food, because they knew that FOOD IS MEDICINE.

They were the doctors or naturopaths of their time, and food was the only medicine there was. Food consisted of what people grew and hunted, as well as herbs and substances made from them, like aromatherapy oils. Or as the famous quote from Hippocrates, considered the father of medicine, says: Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food!”

FOOD IS FUEL FOR THE BODY 

Food is fuel for our bodies, and thus the foundation of our wellbeing and all healing. If you want to change your health for the better, you have to start by changing what’s on your plate at every meal. Everything you put in your mouth, whether it’s a meal or a snack, is designed to turn into fuel for the body. Bad fuel tears at the health of your cells, good fuel helps you build healthier cells, and thus a healthier body.

THE NUTRITIONAL VALUE HAS GONE DOWN

Food has changed so much in the last 50-70 years, and with all the chemical fertilisers, herbicides and insecticides used to grow it nowadays, and all the genetic modification it’s been through – it does not have the nutritional value it once had. The table below shows how the nutritional value of tomatoes (non-organic) changed from 1954-2003 [1]

 

Nutrients

1954

2003

The difference

Natrium

125

5

-96%

Kalium

315

235

-25%

Magnesium

51

11

-88%

Calcium

43

10

-87%

Copper

60

59

-2%

Riboflavin

200

19

-90%

Thiamin

120

37

-69%

Niacin

650

595

-8%

Vitamin C

50

13

-74%

Vitamin A

550

42

-92%

Vitamin E

(1200)

540

-55%

 

[1] PARASITEN – Die heimlichen Krankmacher, by Alan E. Baklayan.

THE RESIDUE IN OUR FOOD

The worst part about the industrialisation of food production is that we are ingesting residues from the poisons, used in the line of production, once we eat the food. No wonder our bodies are not healthy, and health and life expectancy are declining in many countries.

The Food Industry tells us that the world cannot be fed, unless we use all these chemicals, but the documentary One Hundred Thousand Beating Hearts, shows that to be wrong.

FOOD AFFECTS EVERYTHING

Food affects everything in our bodies, our digestion, our mental clarity or brain fog, our mental health, which we can clearly see in the depression epidemic sweeping the world.  Our sleep is affected by the food we eat, our stress levels, and our capacity to age gracefully, without a baggage of prescription drugs to take us through the Golden Years.

I have discovered through the years, that if my diet is not in alignment with what my body needs, then all the supplements in the world won’t improve my health. Vitamins and minerals are just what is says in the word supplement – something we use to supplement the food we eat, because we now know it lacks so many nutrients.

HOW SHOULD YOU FEED YOUR BODY?

There are a lot of diets out there, and none of them fit all, that’s for sure. What has worked for me is to detox the body on regular basis, and that’s why I developed Runa’s Detox Cleanse.

Through my 24 day Detox Cleanse I get rid of the regular build-up of toxins in my system, and then choose a diet that is in alignment with blood type A, which is my blood type. I also avoid the foods that have proven to be inflammatory for my body – and I like my meals made from whole, organically grown ingredients whenever possible.

When this is written more than 1.500 people have been coached through my Detox Cleanse in Iceland (per capita that corresponds to 1.5 million in the USA). When the Detox program ends, I help people create a diet that supports their personal needs.

5 GUIDELINES TO FOLLOW:

# 1 – I never eat pork. That’s the only meat that all blood types should avoid, according to Dr. D’Adamo, author of the Blood Type Diet.

# 2 – I stay away from dairy as I have long since discovered I have dairy intolerance. The only dairy I occasionally use is plain yoghurt, which works fine for me now and then, but I cannot use it every day.

# 3 – I stay away from sugar. I’m a sugar addict in recovery, so I stay away from it. I can feel it’s not good for my cardiovascular system – so I just leave it.

# 4 – Given the choice I always buy organically grown food.

# 5 – I take supplements regularly and focus on buying those that are Non-GMO, gluten, soy and dairy free, and are made from organically grown ingredients. With all the nutritional value food has lost in the last decades, we need to use supplements to make sure we get all the minerals and vitamins we need.

Here are some questions for you if you would like to leave a comment:

What’s your food issue? Gluten intolerance? Candida albicans? SIBO? Dairy intolerance? Sugar addiction? Something else?

Follow my blogs to learn how to take charge of your health (and life), by choosing a lifestyle that works for the body, not against it.

Read Runa’s Story to get to know more about me and why I’m passionate about coaching people to take better care of their health.

Sending you Love and Light
Runa – The Icelandic Health and Lifestyle Coach

Photos: CanStockPhoto / FomaA – BVDC

 

 

 

 

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Runa Bergmann
Runa Bergmann
Runa Bergmann is a Keynote Speaker, published Author and a Health and LIfestyle Coach. She has successfully been working in the personal development field in Iceland since 1990.
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Runa Bergmann is a Keynote Speaker, published Author and a Health and LIfestyle Coach. She has successfully been working in the personal development field in Iceland since 1990. >> Feel free to contact Runa