Why is it so difficult to trust food as medicine? I’ve noticed in the food as medicine movement, opponents are very quick to say “where’s your research on that?” or “I need proof” before using food to treat disease. Even, dietitians who should be the experts in food as medicine make those statements. As if using food to treat a disease is not a viable option. Yet, we’ll gulp down pill after pill to “control” our medical problems without even asking for information or taking the time to really investigate the research related to the drugs we take. Most of the time, there’s not even a second thought given to the details surrounding that pill for blood pressure or diabetes, despite the real possibility of dangerous side effects. The doctor says to take a pill, so we take it. Why is that? If you really did your research, you would know that most drugs don’t have a very good track record when it comes to treating chronic diseases. They certainly don’t reverse your disease,...
April is National Garden Month. What better way to increase your consumption of fresh, tasty produce than to grow it yourself? By growing your own food, you can cultivate an atmosphere that reduces stres. In addition, eating your own pesticide-free produce, can help you tend to your inner garden – your gut microbiome.
Getting outdoors and growing your own food has so many benefits – too many to list, but here are my top 15:
1. Being in the sun allows your body to create the hormone vitamin D, which is crucial to overall health. Most people do not have optimal levels of vitamin D and over time, this can lead to numerous health consequences.
2. Being outdoors lowers your blood pressure. Studies suggest that being in nature can actually lower your blood pressure as much as medication.