Nowadays trend toward medicines has changed. It is because of the side effects that are posed to humans by chemicals present in the medicines. Several studies show evidences that natural foods are the best for maintaining a healthy life. Natural foods have no side effect and contain good ratio of natural components important for healthy life.
Multiple functions of Healthy foods
Healthy foods have different important functions that you can add to your daily life. These functions include;
- Regulation of blood sugar level
- Maintenance of blood cholesterol level
- Controlling cardiovascular health
- Helping organ to perform their functions properly.
As per Hippocrates, we must consider the food as medicine and medicine as food which is what I learned at a wellness resort in Bali. Food doesn’t only give you energy when taken, in fact, do much more than that. It provides lots of vitamins, fiber and chemicals that have several healthy benefits for you.
Food act like medicine
Foods like vegetables, fruits, meat, whole grain and oily foods contain meaningful substances such as phytochemicals, powerful antioxidants, flavonoids, fatty acids, vitamins, minerals and fiber. These substances in food help to fight against diseases and promote healthy life. Toxicity and nutritional deficiencies from poor diet are associated to health conditions. According to the report given by John Hopkins University, almost 80 percent cancers are due to malnourishment and chemotherapy increases the demand of nutrients to the cancer patient.
Healthy Foods Maintain Beauty
A healthy body is always beautiful. If you eat only the best, ecologically clean freshest products, the magical power of nature, which they are filled, affects your health. And this wonderful metamorphosis of our health, in turn, is visually manifested in our appearance, restoring its natural beauty and youth. You look great because you eat the best and most useful food. The juices with which raw vegetable products are nourished make your skin supple and smooth, giving it a youthful, radiant appearance.
Healthy food as natural protectors
Foods act as natural protectors as they contain useful substances which helps to fight against disease the functions of medicinal food are as follows;
- Regulating and reducing inflammation
Inflammation is the main cause of many diseases and it can affects all the body tissues, cells and hormones very badly. Gene mutation arises due to inflammation which in turn causes disease severity in body cells.
- Hormonal balance
Hormones control the growth and development of body like aging process, sex drive and body weight. If any abnormality in hormone occurs it can cause different diseases like obesity, diabetes, blood pressure, decreased mental capacity, fatigue and reproductive problems.
- Harmonizing blood sugar level
Weight gain and diabetes occurs due to poor production of insulin and some other changes in hormones. Consumption of poor food leads to increase or decrease the level of sugar in the blood. It is recommended to take food with low glycemic index in order to maintain the blood sugar level.
Healthy food cleanses the body. The purified, toxin-free body is freed from any harmful addiction, from addictions, and from excess weight. It removes invisible poisons, which accumulate over the years in its cells, causing various diseases. Decline in liver functioning, changes in hormones and digestive system disorders are due to the effect of toxicity in the body. The main reason for this toxicity is our diet and environment which are bombarded with the bad chemicals.
- Improving absorption of nutrients
Most of the diseases begin due to poor availability of nutrients and presence of large amount of radicals in the food. Most of the processed foods which are low in vitamins, minerals and other useful components, have lesser quantities of nutrients and are more contributed towards diseases.
Greatest medicinal foods
With the passage of time our appetite starts to decline and thus in turn we tend to consume minimum calories. Researches conforms that lesser intake of calories and poor nutrient absorptions leads to some chronic diseases like heart disease and cancer.in order to prevent illness one must ensure the proper intake of calorie count and that calories must come from food which are enriched with good nutrients. There are some major food groups that ensure the protection from diseases;
- Fresh and Raw vegetables
Leafy green vegetables like spinach, kale and wheat grass are found to be healthiest. These vegetables help to lowers the blood cholesterol level, delaying the process of aging and maintain the pH of body. Fresh vegetables contain antioxidants, vitamin c and K, potassium, magnesium, phytonutrients and fiber. Antioxidant in vegetables helps to remove the free radicals in the body which in turns lessen the chances of cancer in human body.
Raw vegetable products provide our body with a complete set of natural nutrients of the highest quality. In contrast to the past thermal or other processing of cooked food, they do not weaken our health, but, on the contrary, strengthen it.
- Probiotic food
Probiotics are the live microbes in the human gut which helps to prevent humans from gut problems and these microbes are friendly and promote the growth of intestinal microbial flora. Dairy products are the main sources of probiotics. Bifid bacterium and lactobacillus are the two main probiotics which help to promote the intestinal health.
- Omega 3 diets
Omega 3 fats are considered to be the good fats because they do not accumulate in blood vessels. Omega fatty acids helps to reduce the inflammation, prevention of cancer, reduction in weight, improve hormone production and improve healings of cells. The best sources of omega 3 fatty acids are fish like salmon, tuna, sardines, tuna and halibut. Plant sources include soya bean oil, canola oil, flaxseed, chia seed and walnuts.
- Foods which are high in antioxidants
Orange, red, green and yellow colored fruits and vegetables have large amount of antioxidants. These foods include cherries, berries, and leafy green vegetables, cocoa in raw form, bright colored root vegetables and acai. These foods contain carotenoids, resveratrol and flavonoid which help to fight against diseases like night blindness, delaying aging, inhibit inflammation and improve reproductive health.
- Consumption of organic lean meat
Organic lean meat like poultry and sea food are good for health. They do not increase the body cholesterol level. They’re safe to use and helps to prevent the cardiovascular disorders and maintains the body weight.
- Consumption of dietary fiber
Dietary fiber helps to reduce blood cholesterol level and it helps to inhibit the resistance of insulin and boost up the immunity by promoting the growth probiotics. Whole wheat grains, brans, raw fruits and vegetables are the best sources of dietary fiber.