Food as Medicine
Are the Foods You Eat Making You Sick?
When I was sick with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Reflux, and migraine headaches, I was patched together with procedures, surgeries and prescription drugs so that I could function. I was no different than the other 30 million Americans who had IBS or the rest of the 47% of the population taking prescription drugs – we all wanted relief.
However, I also wanted to heal and to live symptom free. I took matters into my own hands. Through food sensitivity testing and keeping a food diary, I was shocked to realize that the foods I was eating were actually making me sick!
What Was I Really Eating?
At the time, I enjoyed a “normal” American diet that included processed carbohydrates such as cereal, pastas, breads, and crackers as well as cheese, beer, wine, cocktails, ice cream, non-organic meats, fruits and vegetables. If you are what you eat, what was I really eating?
My diet consisted of chemicals, sugar and foods that I was allergic to. My daily dose of chemicals consisted of artificial colors, flavors and sweeteners, and the fertilizers, pesticides, and fungicides that our foods are sprayed with.
Sugar, whether I knew it or not, was the staple of my diet. All those processed carbs turn to sugar in your body, which causes an acidic digestive tract, mal-absorption of minerals, a suppressed immune system, hormone imbalance, and an overgrowth of yeast called Candida.
The Best Medicine Ever
To heal my body, I changed my diet to include water, organic fruits, vegetables, meats, nuts, seeds and dairy alternatives such as almond, coconut and rice milk. I used simple recipes and basic cooking techniques to prepare healthier versions of the foods I loved.
My studies of how the body works led me to the best medicine ever – food! I haven’t taken a prescription in years and enjoy good health and a happy life. If you are suffering from daily symptoms, have you considered which foods could be triggering them? It could change the quality of your life!
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