By Beenish Zehra: Food-the medicine of the future

wilayattimes (Jammu and Kashmir)

There has been lot of informational has been imparted today about food from 1000 perspectives and down to the weedson the positive and on the potential negatives.

By Beenish Zehra:

There has been lot of informational has been imparted today about food from 1000 perspectives and down to the weedson the positive and on the potential negatives.

Thomas Edison, the genius who invented the light-bulb, had another ‘lightbulb’ moment when he said this quote:

“The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition”.

Food , the medicine of future is actually the medicine of past. It’s very important for an individual to eat properly and have a good digestion which becomes a core of health. The rich medical system is based on prevention as a root an empower people to be the healers at the first place. If you are on the trajectory of a disease it doesn’t mean you are pre-destined to be there but you can take measures in your diet, activity scale or steps to eliminate the toxins from your body.

In the current scenario,  food can be the best medicine or the slowest poison. There should be transparency in the system so that we can make better food choices about the food that we are consuming which has go to do with the nutritional aspects, organically grown ,  the pesticides,  GMO’s,  heavy metals etc. The strict testing should be used to inform the public about these issues.

My belief is that one should always have the better understanding of the food and how its grown so that we are well informed what are we feeding to our families which is going to have a cascading effect in the food system. 

My belief is that one should always have the better understanding of the food and how its grown so that we are well informed what are we feeding to our families which is going to have a cascading effect in the food system. It is going to create a demand and the growers and farmers will create an innovative way to figure out the procedure to grow food without these nasty chemicals which surely harm our Physiology and produce food which are higher in the nutritional value. All the chronic health hazards and conditions that we are facing today have strong nutritional and dietary link.

The thing about food is not only those Nutrients,  Carbohydrates, Proteins and Fats but food has the ability to provide the information that has an impact on our Physiology towards the better direction. When there is a certain impact on the Physiology,  the effect of that can actually change our gene functioning and the ability of a DNA to be expressed or not. ( can be long term and inherited). We have the profound ability to change our health by choosing healthy food as it always restorative not quite overnight but almost so! We can see changes in the pattern of gut microbiome in the matter of days. In regards to the gut microbiome, we mention fermented foods a lot and the plant based diet has the fibre and resistant starch which nourishes the microbes that are already present in our  intestine. To sum it up being a health professional, I would always like to advocate to reach out to the organic produce, local farms, choose homemade products be it yoghurt, sauces, purees and other fermented products which will certainly help in reducing the usage of packed canned preservative laden food items from your consumption. It helps us to understand and deepen our healing. We should never let the perfect be the enemy of the good enough and we all have to take the steps and keep this perspective alive.

Author is a private practicing dietitian / nutritionist, certified diabetes educator , IBS Nutritionist, Researcher and a freelance writer with a clinical experience of 4 years. 

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