By Julie Oyefunke Fortune
Admittedly, on average, most Americans say they use vitamins and supplements regularly, and most of these people tend to have better diets than other people; still, I wonder how many people still do not look to diet as a preventative and necessary tool to good health and well-being. Many think taking a few vitamins or the “hot supplement of the day,” will assure they remain healthy while they continue to eat garbage.
Part of the problem, as I see it, is most of us simply have no idea what actually constitutes a healthy diet. The medical community tells us don’t eat fat, buy low-fat everything, only drink sugar-free soda and choose margarine over butter; there is much evidence to show us that these things significantly contribute to health problems and may also be key factors in serious disease, including cancer. Possibly, if we had more information available to us, we could understand the real impact food has on our health and then perhaps, we would be more selective in our food choices.
In order to truly understand the impact diet has on our health, we must first understand the basics of health. As we touched on in an earlier chapter, the human body is essentially designed to be a self-reliant, fully functioning system. This perfect machine can not only synchronize the billions of metabolic and chemical reactions itundergoes every minute of every hour, but it is innately designed to heal itself, a fact too often ignored by traditional Western medicine.
In reality, given optimal care and nutrition, we should rarely experience disease. But we do. And we are becoming sicker and with more serious diseases every year, despite all our medical advances. If our bodies are designed to heal themselves, then the obvious question doctors should be asking is “why are so many people still affected by chronic illness?”
The obvious answer is simply that our bodies can no longer function as they were originally intended to because they are just too overwhelmed and undernourished. We are so completely overloaded with foreign, toxic substances that our bodies simply can’t cope. And not surprisingly, when our body is run down and overwhelmed, disease has free reign and quickly takes over.
It has come to the point where the majority of food (the fundamental fuel our body requires in order to assure efficient and optimal operation,) is not only insufficient due to poor soil quality and things like genetic modifications, but it is contaminated with toxic chemicals, foreign hormones and antibiotics.
Our bodies can no longer function as they were designed. It it issimply absurd to think you would fill your car with soft drinks and potato chips and then expect it to run. So why should we think these chemically altered, sugar-filled foods can nourish our bodies (the most magnificent machines on earth) where the car, for example, would simply stop running? While this is such a simple concept, it is probably the most overlooked and underrated notion in modern medicine and usually the last thing examined under a traditional healing model.