“Let food be thy medicine…”; great and still timely advice penned by Hippocrates. The real question is, what does this look like in real life? Today I want to offer a few suggestions for using food to rebuild the body.
Let’s start at the foundation and build from there. Firstly; what is food?
The body will keep us alive and healthy provided that we feed it “Real Food”. Real food is compatible with the body; it in no way takes from the body, but lends itself to the building up of health and maintaining life. The food intended for human use contains nothing that is harmful, toxic or non-usable by the body.
Real Food is defined for us by Nature as follows:
1) Something edible grown by Nature from the Plant Kingdom
2) Food which can be eaten without processing in any way.
3) Food which comes to us from Nature as “complete packages”, that is, they contain naturally everything in them necessary for the body to process and assimilate that food.
Why do we eat food?
The only qualities of food which the body requires in a complete package are the following:
GLUCOSE, PROTEIN, FATTY ACIDS, MINERALS, ENZYMES,
If all of these components are in the food, the food is complete. If any of these are missing, the food is not “Real Food”.
Real Food is provided by Nature in this form as raw fruits and vegetables. Raw fruits and vegetables contain all of the parts mentioned above. If food has been processed, cooked or altered in any way so as to change or eliminate any of the above ingredients, it is no longer “Real Food” as far as the Human Body is concerned.
PLANTS ARE THE SOURCE OF REAL FOOD FOR ALL LIFE FORMS
The plant kingdom utilizes sunshine, carbon dioxide, oxygen, water and organic minerals in the process of photosynthesis to feed itself and grow. The result is a living plant (food for animal and human consumption) containing:
- fatty acids
- organic minerals
- organic enzymes (vitamins)
- water (pure)
Inorganic Mineral from the Earth + Photosynthesis = Organic Minerals from Plants which provide Protein and Enzymes for animals and humans.
The animal kingdom does not possess the ability to perform photosynthesis, therefore must rely on the plant kingdom to prepare its food.
Any form of processing nature’s foods (such as pasteurization, cooking, adding preservatives, etc.) breaks the bonds between the food components and their attached enzymes as well as destroys the enzyme. The result is inorganic or denatured food components and thus inorganic food.
The enzyme must be alive and attached to the mineral or food component in order for the body to utilize it. The enzyme acts as a “passport” to get the mineral into the cell of the body and aids in the cell’s utilization of that mineral. Raw foods are living and thus produce life in the body; because they have intact enzymes they are organic. Enzymes are catalysts – substances which help the body work more efficiently in utilizing food for life maintaining purposes.