We may say that in the beginning, the natural foods from the earth are healthy foods. From that time on the food tastes of men changed. They chose grains, meat, fish, fruits, vegetables, and others. With man’s ingenuity, the preparations of food varied. Until this time people are discovering food delicacies and iconic dishes. Food is not only necessary but also pleasurable to the palate. More and more are processing food in different ways, healthy or unhealthy, to meet the demand to satisfy man’s hunger or pleasure.
What we eat is essential to our health and vitality. We need food to sustain our life. We do not live to eat but to eat in order to live, as the saying goes. How much food do we really need? If we overeat, we become obese. If we eat sparingly, we become malnourished. Scriptures tell us to be moderate in eating and drinking or we may become fat, drunkards and impoverished. To nourish our body, we eat healthy foods. Daniel and his friends in the Bible preferred vegetables and water over royal food and wine and they looked healthier and better nourished than the ones who ate royal food.
Good foods maintain our health, prevents diseases and illnesses, allows our body to function, and gives information to our cells. The food we eat gives us nutrients to keep the cells healthy and enable them to function. Our health declines when we do not have the right foods or if we have the wrong eating habits. If we eat too much or too little, we become overweight or underweight and prone to illnesses.
What we eat may make us healthy or unhealthy. Processed foods endanger our health if we consume them regularly. There are certain foods we cannot eat if we are sick. There are also foods to avoid if we suffer chronic diseases. The right foods, therefor, serve as a medicine. We have to make smart food choices to ensure our good health and well-being.
There should be a balance of nutrients in our diet to do away with biological dysfunctions. Life expectancy can be endangered because of unhealthy eating. Diet can impact health and system functions in our body. A person with immunity issues could relate the problem with a faulty digestive system, for example. The right kinds of food and nutrients can address the issues and ensure the body systems function well.
William Cole, D.C., IFMCP, a functional medicine practitioner, stated that mainstream medicine is structured to manage symptoms while “functional medicine is primarily concerned with addressing the underlying dysfunctions of the body that give rise to symptoms.” In this case, functional medicine provides food and nutrients to address declining health and stop it from progressing into a disease. Thomas Edison once foretold that in the future, no medicine will be given by a doctor but rather he will instruct his patient to care for his body by diet to prevent disease.
Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, said thousands of years ago, “Let food be thy medicine, and medicine thy food.”