“The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will involve the patient in the proper use of food, fresh air and exercise.” Thomas Edison
Nutrition and health, it makes so much sense: “You are what you eat.” Veterinarians know the irreplaceable link between nutrient intake and health. Actually, most of our pets eat better than most Americans. Your dog or cat probably gets a balanced formula of protein, carbohydrate, fat, fiber, vitamins and minerals. Yet, most of us eat for taste, cost and convenience. The most commonly eaten food in America is heavily refined and nutritionally bankrupt, processed and highly refined. Meanwhile, our livestock eat the more nutritious wheat germ and bran that we discard. When our crops are not doing well, we examine the soil for nutrients, fluid and pH content. Our gardens prosper when we water, fertilize and add a little mineral supplement. As we have compiled the world’s highest incidences of heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, arthritis and obesity, we seem to ignore the irreplaceable link between eating with whole foods and good health.
Whole fruits and vegetables carry many health advantages over extracted juice: higher in fiber, potassium, vitamins, minor dietary constituents, more bioavailable (since food has been rendered for digestibility) and allows people with dental problems to eat those nourishing fruits and vegetables by blending whole food in a food processor or blender.
There is a basic flaw in our thinking about health care in this country. We treat symptoms, not the underlying cause of the disease. Yet the only way to provide long-lasting relief in any degenerative disease, like cancer, arthritis and heart disease, is to reverse the basic cause of the disease. An example is heart disease. There are over 60,000 miles of blood vessels in the average adult body. When a person develops blockage in the arteries near the heart, open heart bypass surgery will probably be recommended. The procedure, a short section of vein from the leg is used to replace the plugged up vessels near the heart. But what has been done to improve the other 59,999 miles left? Because the underlying cause, which could be a complex array of diet, exercise, stress and toxins, has not been resolved. When you deal with the underlying causes of a degenerative disease, you are more likely to get long-term favorable benefits. When you allow the fundamental causes to continue and merely treat the symptoms that surface, then the outlook is dismal. In dozens of diseases and millions of people, this obvious law holds true.
Let’s learn about the laws of nutrition from nature!
Contribution written by: Carla Summers, Certified Food and nutrition coach, Personal Fitness Trainer, Wellness Advocate, who lives in Vail, Colorado. Her lifelong commitment is to enhance, educate and incorporate healthy lifestyles within humanity.