Natural therapy has come a long way in recent years. Many of us have learnt that pill-popping merely masks the hidden cause of an underlying health issue. Instead of standing in line to see the GP, we can be our own doctor by taking control of our health.
People choose many paths to achieve optimum wellbeing, but in my experience, eating a whole-food plant-based diet is the most effective.
Is it really in the genes?
People often believe their genes are responsible for their ailments. Genes are a predisposition, but not always our fate. They load the gun, but lifestyle pulls the trigger. The biggest contributor to some of the UK’s major health issues sits on the end of your fork.
A study by Dr Dean Ornish discovered that by making lifestyle changes (primarily dietary), over 500 genes were transformed in just three months. The good genes were switched on, and those that cause illness were turned off. Isn’t that incredible, yet so simple?
Changing your relationship with food
As a Macrobiotic Teacher, my work takes a modern approach to ancient principles, encouraging people to eat the way nature intended. The aim is to permanently change people’s relationship with food. It’s not about dieting; it is a long term solution for physical, emotional, spiritual and intellectual health.
Large populations of healthy people throughout verifiable human history (over the course of a million years, at least) have obtained the bulk of their calories from plants. With no heart disease, high cholesterol or weight issues, surely we should continue eating this way?
Simply by choosing the right fuel for our species (wholefood plant-based foods), we have the power to promote our own health. This is a gift. We are bringing harmony to our own ecosystem (our gut bacteria), and that of the planet (our environment that sustains all life on earth).
To begin creating this equilibrium within our ecosystem, we must stop adding fuel to the fire, and allow the body to work its magic. When you eliminate all animal products, excess oils and processed foods from your diet, you will immediately reduce any inflammation (the immune system’s response to threat) in your body. Isn’t that amazing?
Listen to your body
It’s important to understand how the body works. I liken it to an orchestra; every physical and emotional element must harmonise by working together.
It all starts in the gut (your second brain), which houses a significant proportion of your immune system. A high-fibre diet helps the good bacteria in your gut grow. This strengthens your immune and reduces inflammation. A processed diet has the opposite effect by killing the good bacteria. Leaky gut (an autoimmune disease that weakens the gut lining) is one of the many illnesses directly linked to poor diet. Not only does the immune system take a hit, symptoms can include extreme fatigue, brain fog, headaches, skin issues and joint pain.
I have no desire to be a doctor. Educating as many people as I can to nourish their blood through food is my lifelong mission. Fundamentally, this can prevent and even reverse disease by healing the body and realigning balance. The results can be astounding.
So by putting yourself in the driving seat, you are taking control of your health. You’re also playing your part in protecting our planet. Are you now ready to turn your health around by eating well for life? What better time to start than right now.
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