Today I'm guest-posting over at Keeper of the Home! Below is an excerpt, along with links to some related posts you may have missed. Then be sure to click over there to read the whole article…
Our son accuses me of relating every problem in the world back to food. He'll say, “Why are there wars? Because people don't eat enough healthy fats of course!” 🙂 And he's right, I do tend to think that most problems, well health problems anyway, can be prevented or reversed by eating well. Perhaps it's because I've seen it with my own eyes, in my own family, and heard from so many readers who have become well again once they cleaned up their diet and began eating more nutrient-dense foods. (Here are just a few of those healing stories!)
Can real food cure every illness and reverse every disease?
Of course not, but it could prevent and reverse many… Conversely, can poor nutrition be blamed for all health issues? Again, no, but it can be blamed for many!
I know, I know, there are many other issues in the longevity mix that go beyond food — some we can control, others not so much:
- Environmental — What are we breathing in? What's in our water? What goes on our skin?
- Physical — Do we exercise? What are our sleep habits? Do we live recklessly?
- Emotional — Do we have excessive relationship or occupational stresses? I'm convinced this one has a bigger impact than most understand.
- Genetics — “You can't outrun genetics,” many will say, but I believe this gets blamed for more than it should, and we actually can sometimes “turn on” or “turn off” a genetic tendency depending on how we treat our bodies. No, not always, but your gene pool is certainly no reason to assume you're doomed.
- Lastly, there could be random accidents or whatever might be in God's plan — who knows?! (Our lives are in God's hands, but remember He also gave us free will and if we cut our lives short due to our bad habits, that's our fault, not His.)
However, good nutrition really can reverse many diseases…
Click here to read the rest of the post over at Keeper of the Home!
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- Others say they don't have time to cook real food — here's my list for FAST meals at home, and here is my entire list of time saving tips.
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- Do you offend others as a real foodie?
- I'm really not a food snob… I am not!
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- How do we find the TRUTH about health and nutrition issues?
- The Real Food Rookie Version of Dave Ramsey’s Money Principles
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- How has real food changed us?
- For when you get home from Grandma’s: Counteracting the effects of junk food
- Can a Perfect Diet Lead to Perfect Health? (One Mom's realization that homeopathy helped her family more for the long-term than changing their diets did.)
Beth Baker says
Yes! Through out hystory food has been love, health, wealth, and power. Civilizations have grown and or crumbled because of food. What is currently happening in our country’s food system is a reflection of the heart & soul of our leaders just as it was for society’s through out the ages, many of which no longer exist.
Helena Miller says
Me too! Everything is related to food or the lack there of!
Carol Woodside Guenzel says
I can tell you from experience that eating well is definitely important, but it is not an absolute prevention. Genetics and environmental exposures play an equally effective part in how well you will fair. I have consumed whole, organic foods for the last 34 years and I have also been very disciplined in working out and getting plenty of quality physical activity as well. In the last few years it seems that all hell broke loose and I am plagued with chronic pain from degenerating discs in my spine that is causing all kinds of other health issues such as adrenal failure, repetitive incidents of shingles and now liver issues among the other cartilage issues I am having. I was never one to use alcoholic beverages nor did I smoke. All I can say is if I hadn’t taken care of myself as well as I did I could not imagine how much worse I would be. With that said, there are many variables in the mix to make a blanket statement such as that, but it will help fend off some issues and make others less intense when they do occur.
Helena Miller says
Maybe you need some good chiropractic care then Carol?!! If your brain can’t talk to your body and body back to brain then your body can’t use all that good nutrition properly. Hope that helps. If you are under Chiro care good for you. Find a practitioner of Nutrition Response Testing in your area to help you through these tough times.
Carol Woodside Guenzel says
Helena, what is Nutrition Response Therapy? Is it done by a functional nutritionist? I had been seeing a chiropractor who was also a functional nutritionist. She is the one who discovered by adrenal failure. I also appreciate the advise and I had been seeing another chiropractor before her for a very long time before he told me my discs were degenerated to badly to continue. I sought her out as are one opinion. I was born with a mild scoliosis and while a couple of docs told me about it none gave me any advise about protecting my back. As you know it is only in the last decade that chiropractors were given their due respect and medical docs, even osteopaths actually advised patients to stay away from them. I guess they were worried about losing their clientele to them. Sadly, my issues had progressed too far and my chiropractor did what he could. I cannot handle any adjustments at this point due to pain. I guess I was born too soon to get that kind of care. I am 61.