Updated: Jun 15, 2020
It has long been observed that our food choices affect our health. Ancient Greek doctor and physician Hippocrates was the first who formulated the thesis: You are what you eat.
UK scientists confirmed the well-known saying of the Greek physician. They have proven the fact that we are what we eat. Yes, we are what we eat, but that doesn’t mean we can’t change. Our cells are dying and being replaced all the time. A change in a diet will inevitably improve the quality of the newly made cells.
When a child is born, its first instinct is to suckle. As human beings, we are hardwired to look for food even before we explore the world around us. Food plays a vital role in our lives and as expected, it has substantial effects on our health. The statement “We are what we eat” is so very true.
I have learned a great deal about the intricate workings of our body and it’s different systems. The miracle of engineering that is occurring in our body every day is truly amazing. It runs on the fuel that we consume but the big question is, what quality is the food that we consume and what effect is it having on us?
Never has there been a time in history more than now when the world population has been plagued with chronic life diseases. Diseases such as cancer, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease are the world’s leading killers. Obesity has skyrocketed in the last few decades, especially among children and young adults, who are supposed to be the most active and productive members of society. What has brought about this avalanche of disease today? Research has shown that food is playing a very significant role in the ailing world of today.
At every corner, we are guaranteed to find a fast food shop that sells convenience junk food. Because of the busy lifestyles our Western society leads, such places have been the preferred sources of food for many people, with little or no nutrient value. Supermarkets sell processed and packaged foods which are quick and easy to pop in the microwave. Most food on the shelves have an ingredient list we don’t even glance at or even recognise. Preservatives, additives- so many are in today’s food we buy without giving them a second thought. After all, if they were dangerous they wouldn’t be on the shelves right? So many children are on medication for ADHD and behavioural problems, which have suddenly emerged in abundance. Yet these children are eating toxins and chemicals that are actually causing this. Instead of medicating them we should be changing their eating habits.
We are told that all our health problems can be solved by throwing money at scientists so that they can discover yet another pill that will mask our symptoms. Another large profit for the billion dollar pharmaceutical companies. The drug companies and cancer societies rely on our suffering to make a profit. We think we are running for a cure for cancer, but we are actually running away from the cause. Our body is a product of what we consume and the food we eat is designed purely for profit. We fill ourselves with toxic chemicals and the bodies of animals infested with antibiotics, growth hormones and diseases, which have suffered from the moment of their birth to the moment of their painful, undignified death. The vegetables that were once so healthy no longer have the nutrients they used to have because of intensive farming and depleted soil. Modern industrial crops are grown for a high yield and fast growth, rather than for nutrient content. As a result, nutrients have declined in our food supply, since crops today often have fewer nutrients than their older counterparts. There have also been decreases in protein, iron, potassium, calcium, riboflavin, ascorbic acid, zinc, selenium, and other essential nutrients in many conventionally grown fruits, vegetables, and grains. Pesticides used in the production and processing of conventionally grown fruit, vegetables, and grains (and are heavily sprayed on meat to ward away parasites) are a significant health concern. Pesticides have been linked to a number of health problems, including neurologic and psychological problems, cancer, and other diseases. Many GMO crops are grown now to address problems that arise from large-scale industrial crop production. Ther