Food Is Your Medicine

Food Is Your Medicine

Eat for Life and Get the Most Out of Your Food

Traditional medicine in the Middle East dates back to the times of Prophet Mohamed (PBUH).  The Medicine of the Prophet (Teb Al Nabawi), concerns Quranic references to healing, in addition to what the Prophet Mohammed practised to treat ailments.  The Prophet said: “Allah, the Exalted, has let no disease exist without providing for its cure, except for one ailment, namely, old age.”

 

Twenty-five hundred years ago, Hippocrates said: “Thy food shall be thy remedy.”

 

Eating high-quality food is fundamental to providing good nutrition for the body. It is essential to ensure that food contains the maximum possible quantity of phytonutrients, vitamins, and minerals. This supports the body to utilize Food as Medicine.  The body also needs antioxidants, fatty acids, and fibre which can regularly be consumed from the diet. Without these crucial components in the diet, individuals can experience a reduction in overall quality of life, disease, and even death.

 

Digestion – The first line of defense against disease

Whatever you put in your mouth has to be broken down and processed by an amazing and complex digestive system. If what you eat is beneficial the system works smoothly. But if what you eat is either toxic, imbalanced or in too large a quantity, your digestive system’s defense mechanism will then go into action. Specifically, when offensive foods or substances pass through your stomach and enter the small intestine they will ferment or putrefy.   If harmful elements are repeatedly absorbed over a period of time the delicate intestinal lining first becomes inflamed and is then gradually destroyed. It is at this point that toxic elements begin to overwhelm this line of defense and enter directly into the blood stream.

 

The Liver – The second line of defense against disease

The liver is the primary blood detoxifier. Here toxins are neutralized that have gotten past the body’s initial defenses and have entered the blood stream. In order for the liver to accomplish this it must maintain an appropriate PH balance. In cases where the liver has insufficient alkalinity to neutralize all of the toxins that it encounters, the bile flowing from the liver into the intestines becomes toxic and tends to irritate the entire region. This situation also further hinders digestion. A person with a liver working hard to process toxins may also experience chronic fatigue, excess heat symptoms, emotional irritability as well as irritable bowel syndrome.

 

The Endocrine Glands – The third line of defense against disease

When the liver becomes overloaded and can no longer neutralize all of the toxins that it encounters, the overflow of toxins then begins to generally circulate in the blood stream. To the body this has now become an emergency situation since the first two lines of defense, both of which were designed to eliminate toxins, have been breached. The endocrine glands, which constitute the third line of defense, now attempt to rid the body of excesses toxins even though it is not their primary function to do so.  This increased hormonal activity then directs certain organs to expel the excess toxins through various pathways. In this way the endocrine system serves as an emergency toxic relief mechanism.   However there is a price to pay when these glands are forced to perform this function. And this price comes in the form of a wide variety of common ailments and diseases.

 

REFERENCE:

1. Food Is Your Best Medicine by Dr. Henry G. Bieler

2. The Food Pharmacy by Jean Carper

3. Basic Theories of Traditional Chinese Medicine by Francisco Lozano

4. Material shared by Dr. Raed Tolaymat