The most powerful medicine you’ll ever take isn’t a drug, an herb, a vitamin, a mineral or an amino acid.
All of these can have powerful effects on the body, but they aren’t the most powerful influence.
The most powerful medicine is food.
I can almost hear some people saying, “Food? How can that be more powerful than drugs?”
Let me tell you what I mean.
In your body there are 50,000 biochemical processes happening every day. These happen at multiple levels—in cells, tissues and organs.
High-powered prescription drugs typically target only one specific biochemical process. For example, modern SSRI anti-depressants (Prozac®, Zoloft®, etc.) block the re-uptake of serotonin. NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as Celebrex®, etc) target the Cox-2 enzyme.
But remember that each of these individual biochemical processes take place in the context of all the other 49,999 things going on in the body.
As a result, you might compare taking such high-powered medications to firing a very high-powered rifle… into the ocean. There’s a quick splash and some changes under the surface, but the ocean adapts around this disturbance quickly.
This gives you an idea of why these powerful medications have such a high number of unwanted side-effects. And it may explain why many medications lose effectiveness over time. The body simply adapts around the medication’s effects.
Compare this with food.
Food (along with water & oxygen from breathing) is the source of all the raw materials the body uses in each of its 50,000 biochemical reactions.
This means, assuming you are absorbing your nutrients efficiently (a topic for another day), that every one of your body’s biochemical functions is affected by what you eat!
How much more powerful is that than something affecting only one biochemical reaction in the body?
Based on the powerful effect food has, you can see how important eating high-quality, fresh, whole, natural food is. Eating anything else is going to clog your engine of metabolism and interfere with normal, healthy functioning. The result is pain, disease and loss of quality of life.
The other thing to consider when it comes to food is the fact that we are each uniquely different on the inside. In other words, the way we process individual foods and even nutrients is different from one person to another.
We all accept the fact that we appear different from everyone else, but the same is true all the way down to our biochemistry. This idea is expressed well in the old aphorism, “One man’s meat is another man’s poison,” and summed up in the term, “biochemical individuality.”
This individual uniqueness is why it’s not possible to give a single list of foods that will create ideal health for everyone.
Fortunately, it is possible to determine with a high degree of accuracy the foods that are ideal for an individual. This process is called, Metabolic Typing®, which is based on 80 years of research into the effects of food on individual health. If you’d like more information about this powerful way to support health in the whole body, contact me.
All the best to you for your health and happiness,