When one gets ill, the first thought many people tend to do is medicate themselves with a prescription or over-the-counter drugs to heal their ailment instead of seeking alternative and natural ways to combat your health issue. They will go to their primary care physician (PCP) to get the medication or run to the nearest drug store, hoping to rid their bodies of whatever ailment their body is experiencing. Unfortunately, our society has been programmed to believe that prescription drugs are the only or the best way to "cure" and rid the body of illness and disease. Many people fail to realize that some natural methods and cures can heal the body, like food. However, I must say that the culture has become more open, better educated, and we are seeing more people transition to a more Alternative and natural approach to their health. One that is closest to nature and less invasive to the body.
So what is the problem? Many physicians fail to look beyond the symptoms and neglect to seek the core of the problem. Instead, they prescribe medications to treat "symptoms"; however, according to empirical research, conventional medicine has been shown to cause more harm to the body than heal or cure it. In Death By Medicine, Gary Null writes about the Lazarou Study, which analyzed records for prescribed medications for 33 million U.S. hospital admissions in the 1990s and discovered 2.2 million serious injuries due to prescribed drugs. 2.1% of inpatients experienced severe adverse drug reactions, 4.7% of all hospital admissions were due to a severe adverse drug reaction, and fatal adverse drug reactions occurred in 0.19% of inpatients and 0.13% of admissions. The authors estimated that 106,000 deaths occur annually due to adverse drug reactions". Those numbers have since increased. Scary, isn't it?
What does that mean? Instead of being quick to medicate yourself with prescription drugs that can cause adverse reactions to the body, even death, think of caring for yourself naturally, with food and nutritional supplements. Null writes, "the total number of deaths caused by conventional medicine is nearly 80,000 a year. It is now evident that the American medical system is the leading cause of death and injury in the U.S.". I know that sounds scary and horrific; that is why we must take care of our bodies and try to adopt a healthier eating lifestyle. Food is Medicine. Food is your body's greatest friend. It fuels us and keeps our inner internal organs and systems working correctly.
In my opinion, I believe that many of the diseases are a result of a bad diet. If one eats well, the body will Be well. In Eat to Live, Dr. Joel Fuhrman writes, " If we don't make significant changes in the foods we choose to consume, taking drugs prescribed by physicians will not improve our health or extend our lives. If we wish proper health protection, we need to remove the cause". To get to the cause, you must first go beyond the symptoms, seeking to cure the core. One can get to the center by learning to be attuned to their bodies, listen to the signals it conveys, and provide it with the necessary foods to bring to wellness.
So, this article aims to get you thinking about natural ways of taking care of your body. The chart above names some essential foods that help cure the body of significant ailments that many people find themselves experiencing. The above foods may be an option for you to try or keep in mind if you suffer from any diagnosis. Do not overly consume any of the foods. Moderation is the key as well as listening to your body. For example, next time you have Insomnia, take some chamomile tea. Chamomile is a calmative herb that soothes and relaxes the body and calms nervousness. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, please consult with your health practitioner before taking chamomile. Make sure it is safe for you. With that, Eat well, Be well!