Today I’m going explain to you how the most powerful medicine in the world is food and how to optimize your nutrition to keep you well.
You see, there’s no confusion about what constitutes good nutrition despite the conflicting scientific studies and media reports that are designed to confuse, not enlighten. If we were to gather the world’s top nutrition scientists and experts, free from food industry influence, there’ll be very little debate about the essential properties of good nutrition. The problem is that most doctors are nutritionally illiterate and worse they don’t know how to use the most powerful medicine available to them- food. Common sense and scientific research both lead us to the conclusion that if we want healthy bodies we must put in the right raw materials real whole local fresh unadulterated unprocessed and chemical hormone an anti biotic free food. There is no role for foreign molecules such as trans fats, high fructose corn syrup, pesticides that interfere with our biology at every level, especially at the level of our DNA.
Enough said, if you want junk out put junk in, if you want a whole healthy body put in whole real food. Now, what I’m about to share might be a little shocking. Here it is, carbohydrates are the single most important food for long-term health and well being. This may be a shocking statement given the low carb movement and the car-ba-phobia in America- but it’s true. Of course, I don’t mean the over processed sugary refined white food we commonly think of as carbohydrates such as donuts, bread, bagels, and muffins, colas, juices and most junk food and I don’t mean the cheap super sweet government-subsidized high fructose corn syrup that is driving our epidemic of obesity and chronic disease. The carbohydrates that I’m talking about are the real whole nurturing plant foods that the human species has thrived on from the dawn of evolution.
Most of the food consumed by humans since the dawn of time has been carbohydrates. Plant foods are comprised mostly of carbohydrates, what are they? Vegetables fruits beans raw nuts, seeds, herbs and spices. These foods contain slowly released source of natural sugar to prevent surges of blood sugar insulin and too much insulin is what causes heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and depression and even dementia. Carbohydrates also contain all the vitamins and minerals except B12 that our bodies need to operate normally and optimally. They also contain fiber, which helps normalize our digestive function and slows the absorption of sugar and fats into the body, which keeps us balanced.
The bonus factor in plant foods is Phyto nutrients. Colorful healing compounds made by plants to protect themselves but which also protect us against premature aging obesity, brain damage and more. For example broccoli and the CruCiFerus vegetable family contain powerful detoxify compounds that protect us against environmental toxins. Green tea contains anti inflammatory, antioxidant and detoxification properties.
RisVarATrol from red grapes boosts energy production and protect our cells against premature aging. These are just a few examples of thousands of phyto nutrients and plant foods that should be the foundation of our diet Michael pollen the author of the Omnivore Dillema summed up all nutritional research and three simple principles- eat food not too much- mostly plants. So eat real whole food as it came from the earth, fresh vegetables, fruits, beans, nuts and seeds, herbs and spices. Lean game animal protein, fish, chicken, eggs, and avoid grains and dairy.
Imagine what your great, great, great grandmother would recognize as food or what might have been on her dinner table. Just food, there really is no such thing as junk food. There’s just food and then there’s just- junk. Whole foods containing phyto nutrients, vitamins and minerals, omega three fats, fiber and more, all directly immediately, and specifically interact with our energy expenditure and our genes. Controlling moment-to-moment changes in our physiology and our biochemistry. Food and Our Movement, literally talks to our genes.
It’s not only calories it’s also information, and how well we move determines how we utilize those nutrients and antioxidants into our tissues cells and physiology.
The key is to send the right information to your genes by eating whole real food, mostly plants and exercise in order to maximize those nutrients. Specific nutrients and compounds binds receptors in your cells and then translate those messages from the foods we eat, the vitamins we take, an active lifestyle or a sedentary lifestyle into instructions that are carried out by the cell through the effect on your d_n_a_.
That’s why food can heal or harm. The choice is yours everyday by what you put on your fork and which shoes you pick for your feet.