There is a lot of truth to the statement, “You are what you eat.” When we eat a lot of crappy foods, we can feel crappy. Sometimes we don’t even notice what our poor food choices do to our bodies until the body reveals it and other times we can eat too many potato chips or consume gluten or dairy and we bloat and have a blah tummy.
However, when we eat natural whole foods you are likely to notice a boost in your energy levels and reduction of inflammation. Whole foods (vegetables, fruits, healthy fats, etc.), are designed by their creator to affect our body in a positive way. They provide the nutrients our body needs and help prevent us from nutrients deficiencies so many are suffering from in today’s culture.
Good nutrition is important!
An unhealthy diet contributes to approximately 678,000 deaths each year in the U.S., due to nutrition- and obesity-related diseases, such as heart disease, cancer, and type 2 diabetes. In the last 30 years, obesity rates have doubled in adults, tripled in children, and quadrupled in adolescents. (source)
Healthy eating can not only prevent disease, it can help those suffering with chronic diseases by managing and reducing the symptoms as well as heal the body.
Healing our Body
Healing of the body is not as complex process as we may believe. After all, God gave us all we need to heal our bodies and the wisdom to know how. (James 1:5) However, you need to ask Him to guide you and be dedicated in His direction. This is the first step, spending time with our Creator. See Him as your source for everything you consume and ask for wisdom in what foods your body needs or which foods is not good for your body.
The next step is to remove any processed foods or foods filled with inflammatory elements. Remember inflammation = sickness, pain and disease. (Anti-inflammatory diet) Instead of loading your grocery cart with processed food, sugary food, or refined grains, try loading it with vegetables, fruits, grass-fed meats and other organic choices. Choosing organic helps remove genetically modified products (GMO) as well as harmful additives such as chemicals, pesticides, and processed sugars. Our bodies do not know what to do with these items and if we do not cleanse them out of our system, they will stay in our bodies and create all kinds of issues including sickness, disease and weight gain.
Why you Need to Eliminate Processed Grains and Sugars
Many people are not aware that processed food means the elimination of essential nutrients from the food. A few examples of processed grains are flour, pasta, white rice, etc. During processing, refined grains are stripped of many important vitamins and minerals, producing a final product high in calories, carbs, and sugar but lacking the essential nutrients that have been stripped out in the refining process. Many times the manufacturer puts in synthetic vitamins which is usually listed and “enriched” on the packaging or ingredient list. Again, our bodies do not know what to do with these ingredients and hang around in our bodies causing all sorts of issues.
Replace with whole grains. Whole grains are packed with nutrients and a diet rich in whole grains has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and some forms of cancer. If you are going to eat grains, make sure you choose a “whole grain” and keep the “wheat, enriched flour, etc.” products on the grocery store shelf.
The Wrong Fats can be Deadly
In processed foods you will find unhealthy fats in the form of refined vegetable oils, hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oil. (Read more) These ingredients contributes to inflammation, diabetes, heart diseases, and even cancer.
But healthy fats are essential for the body. They help balance hormones, aid in weight loss, develop the brain, and even prevent cancer as well as other diseases and illnesses.
Bring Change in Meats you Consume
Meat has been getting such a bad rap lately and many restaurants are serving “impossible meat” products which are likely highly processed and high in saturated fat. Choosing these products are terribly harmful for our bodies and the environment.
But there is also harm in choosing a meat from an animal that is grain fed or injected with harmful hormones. For decades the meat and dairy industries have added synthetic estrogen and testosterone to increase the size of an animal and drastically escalate milk production. This is incredibly harmful for us, and we need to avoid it as much as possible. If you are struggling with hormone issues, switching to grass-fed meats could show a significant decrease in hormonal symptoms.
Grass-fed beef is much leaner than its conventional counterpart. It’s also higher in key nutrients. For example, it has been proved that beef coming from a grass-fed animal will have higher rates of omega-three fatty acids, healthy for the heart. This is a better alternative to grain-fed animals. In fact, grass-fed meat has a higher concentration of conjugated linoleic acid, a fatty acid with many health benefits.
In the same way, a wild fish is better to consume than a farmed fish. A wild fish is significantly less likely to have any toxin in the system than a farmed fish.
Benefits of Eating God-Given Foods
- Decrease in Inflammation
There are two kinds of inflammations, acute and chronic. Acute is a routine part of our immune system and is healthy, but chronic inflammation is completely the opposite. It aids in diseases like diabetes, heart problems, and obesity.
There are foods that help your inflammation, but some food increases your inflammation. The ones who resist inflammation also protect you from severe illness.
A plant-based diet lowers inflammation levels. (Anti-inflammatory diet)
2. Better Heart Health
Eating processed foods result in high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke. The heart-related disease causes approx. 31.5 percent of deaths all around the world. This high number that tells us how prevalent heart diseases are in our society.
You can prevent yourself from serious diseases or heal your body from them by making a few changes in your diet. Focus on consuming foods that is good for your heart to be strong and healthy. These include healthy fats, high-fiber foods and antioxidant-rich fruits and veggies—these help lower the chances of stroke, high blood pressure, and other heart diseases.
3. Controlled Sugar in Blood
A high blood sugar level is extremely dangerous to one’s health. It can cause severe diabetes and, even worse, insulin resistance. Insulin unlocks your cells so that glucose can enter and provide the fuel your cells need to function properly.
But eating natural whole foods, can help regulate your blood sugar levels. Choose foods that stabilize insulin and blood sugar levels such as whole grains, healthy fats, non-starchy vegetables.
4. Decrease in Nutritional Deficiencies
Eating food which God gave us is the perfect way to heal our body. Natural food has nutrients that our body needs daily but when we chose not to consume them, we can experience nutrient deficiencies which can damage your body in several ways, including fatigue, headaches, depression, anemia, brain fog, as well as hair and bone loss.
Prevent such symptoms you may not even know contribute to nutrient deficiencies by choosing natural, whole foods.
Foods that Heal
Natural whole foods are filled with vitamins, proteins, fiber and healthy fats which all prevent and heal certain diseases.
Healing our body through food is not difficult. Start by replacing any current processed or artificial foods with natural counterparts.
– Eat whole grains instead of refined
– Consume healthy fats instead of unhealthy
– Eat unprocessed meat instead of processed.
These foods provided to us by God have powers—power to give us energy and heal our bodies. Our body reacts to these whole foods better than all the unhealthy artificial diets many of us have adopted.
Here are some great foods to add to your diet to help you heal your body:
- Vegetables: broccoli, cabbage, bell peppers, tomatoes, garlic, cucumber, onions, ginger, etc.
- Fruits: oranges, lemons, blackberries, limes, raspberries, pears, apples.
- Seeds: hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, flaxseeds
- Whole grains: barley, buckwheat, millet, brown rice
- Nuts: almonds, cashews, pistachios, macadamia nuts, walnuts, Brazil nuts
- Healthy fats: olive oil, coconut oil, grass-fed butter, ghee, avocado oil
- Legumes: black beans, kidney beans, lima beans, lentils, etc
- Meat: grass-fed beef, lamb, wild game
- Fish: wild-caught salmon, tuna, mackerel, anchovies, sardines
- Poultry: organic chicken, turkey, goose, duck
- Beverages: water, tea, kombucha, bone broth
- Herbs and spices: basil, oregano, turmeric, cinnamon, cumin, black pepper, etc.
- Dairy products: goat milk, kefir, goat cheese, probiotic yogurt, raw milk
- Natural sweeteners: raw honey, maple syrup, dates
Learn more about healing your body through the things God has given us.