21 April 2012

"Let your food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food" Hippocrates

Hippocrates is known as the Father of Medicine and was regarded as the greatest physician of his time.

The Hippocratic doctrine was based on “the healing power of nature” and prevention.
Hippocrates believed that many chronic diseases were the result of consuming unwise, excessive or unnatural substances that the body was not equipped to deal with. According to him, the body contains within itself the power to re-balance and heal itself. His therapy focused on simply easing this natural process. He was reluctant to administer drugs. 

According to the International Hippocratic Foundation, Hippocrates’s medical storehouse included honey from his beehives, an olive orchard for olive oil and a garden of approximately 254 selected herbs and foods that he used for prevention and treatment. They included carrots, beets, parsley, alfalfa, sesame, chamomile, cumin, saffron, poppies, milk thistle, oregano, hibiscus, thyme, garlic, onions, figs, and many others, some of whose medicinal benefits are becoming more popular nowadays.

Most of us living in more developed cities have horrible diets. We eat little natural and fresh foods. Worse still, the foods we eat contain a lot of harmful chemicals and substances, such as pesticides, hormones, steroids, artificial flavorings, preservatives, etc. This modern day diet is literally a disease and death promoting disaster!

Understanding nutrition - being on the right diet
In my mind, understanding nutrition should, by right, be a simple thing. But, the reality is, there is so much health and nutritional information out there, so many kinds of supposed ‘healthy diets’, it really can get very confusing! Where do we go, then?

The tips I’ll discuss in my future blogs could be a good start in finding a better and healthier diet for yourself.

Regarding understanding nutrition, what I do know, is that when you are on a healthy diet, one which is in harmony with your body you should not:
  • have frequent digestive problems like indigestion and flatulence;
  • have weight problems;
  • feel lethargic;
  • have hormonal imbalances, which can again lead to mental and emotional issues such as depression, behavioral disorders, etc.
  • be hungry all the time - this is a classic sign that your body’s nutritional needs are not met;
Importantly, you should feel good .

Remember - Your body is a temple. Treat it well. It’s the only one you’ll be given in this life.

London Spa Girl x

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