Let Food Be Your Medicine

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” – Hippocrates

Hippocrates knew about the healing power of food thousands of years ago, and indeed his advice holds true for us even today. If you’re feeling a little under the weather, in many cases a change in diet can have miraculous results.

“Real, whole, fresh food is the most powerful drug on the planet,” according to Mark Hyman, M.D., and author of the book The Blood Sugar Solution. It would appear that when it comes to our health, some things never change. A good diet makes all the difference in the world. Here are a few common health woes and their healthy food fixes.

Problem One: You’re feeling bloated and puffy.

Quick Food Fix: Chow down on watery produce like cucumbers, celery, or melons. These juicy foods are a great way to flush out the sodium your body may be holding onto.

Problem Two: Your emotions are all over the place.

Quick Food Fix: Make sure that you’re eating a balanced breakfast. The perfect morning meal will contain whole grain, protein, and one or two fruits or vegetables. Eating a balanced breakfast will help keep your mood even throughout the day.

Problem Three: Your skin is breaking out.

Quick Food Fix: If you’re acne-prone, you may benefit from adding onions to your diet. According to Valori Treloar, M.D., the antioxidants in onions and other sulfur-rich vegetables help reduce inflammation that leads to pimples. Eat them raw for best effects.

Your chiropractic team knows just how important a healthy diet is for your overall wellness. They, like Hippocrates, know that the key to a long and productive life lies in proper nutrition and exercise. If you have any questions about the healing power of food, contact your chiropractor. He or she will be able to explain what Hippocrates meant when he said, “Natural forces within us are the true healers of disease.”


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