Something the ancients knew… and we forgot!
A quiet revolution is taking place in industrialized countries around the world: more and more people are discovering (or should we say re-discovering) the incredibly important effects of nutrition on health.
A growing number of scientific studies, conducted in both the U.S. and Europe, are demonstrating just how crucial the right kind of diet is for the proper functioning of the human organism.
The food you eat is your main source of energy. Its impact on your health is just as determining as the air you breathe and the water you drink.
Saying that food is essential for health would be stating the obvious. But the idea that food can be your best medicine -something that Hippocrates understood over two thousand years ago – seems to have been almost completely forgotten.
What a difference a century makes!
This century has seen enormous changes in they way people eat. As societies became more affluent, food became a source of pleasure rather than a simple necessity. At the same time, the quality of foods and the balance of the nutrients they contain were ignored. Excellent sources of nutrition like grains and legumes (lentils, beans, split peas, etc.) fell by the wayside, to be replaced by astonishing quantities of meat, sugar and refined oils.
Around the middle of the century, as lifestyles became increasingly fast-paced, people began looking for new qualities in the food they purchased: speed of preparation, practicality, attractive presentation and pleasant taste replaced nutritional value as the primary criteria. What most people tended to overlook was whether or not the food they ate was actually good for their health! As a result, our nutritional balance was more or less completely transformed in less than 100 years, with factors like ease of preparation and a pleasing appearance overriding fundamental considerations of health.
We take better care of our cars than we do of our own bodies
No car owner in their right mind would put diesel fuel into a vehicle designed for unleaded petrol, unless they intentionally wanted to damage the engine. At the same time, very few people take similar precautions when it comes to choosing fuel for their own body.
In other words, car designers and mechanics have done a better job at convincing us to take some necessary precautions than have most doctors!
That’s because the medical establishment has almost totally ignored one crucial issue: what kind of fuel – or food – should you be putting in your body? It’s almost as if doctors were more interested in treating our diseases than maintaining our health.
Strangely enough, you would be hard put to find a place where the quality and selection of foods served is more neglected than in your local hospital. No matter what they are suffering from, how old they are, or what they’re used to eating, persons who are sick, scheduled for surgery, or convalescing after a prolonged illness are all served more or less the same fare: thin tasteless soup, overcooked meat, and bland mushy vegetables. The only variation seems to be whether food is served with or without salt. Even very elderly or terminally ill patients have to put up with the same sorry excuse for nutritious food.
Your only real asset is your health
As we approach the dawn of the third millennium, this sad state of affairs is an apt reminder of just how much more work there is to do if the revolution we spoke about earlier is to succeed. It takes time for people to change their habits, and eating habits are no exception. Fortunately there is hope. But a real change will not occur until people stop neglecting their only truly indispensable (and extremely fragile) asset: their health.
We worry about the quality of the air we breathe, and at the same time we stuff ourselves with unhealthy foods. We are victims when we could be winners.
Perhaps people simply don’t have a clear understanding of the fact that what they eat has a direct and certain impact on their health. Perhaps they find the notion strange that human organisms are unique entities, requiring fuel that is adapted to their needs.
And yet the evidence is there!
Hardly a week goes by without the results of some new scientific study being published, offering irrefutable proof of the impact various nutrients have on health.
Sadly, many doctors have been slow to react. It’s almost as if they consider these new findings a threat to their stability. They accuse the authors, casting doubt on the validity of their findings, like school boys arguing over an exam question.
Well, this is no exam – this is YOUR health we’re talking about.
Have we become so indifferent to our own health that we allow ourselves to neglect one of the most fundamental aspects of our lives?
An attractive proposition
What if someone offered you the possibility of living longer, getting healthier, staying in great shape and being more productive than you are now. Most people would find such a proposition extremely appealing.
All you have to do in return is learn to replace some of the ‘toxic fuel’ you’ve been putting in your body with the right amounts of healthy, nutritious food.
And living a longer, healthier life by eating better is only the first step. What comes after is even more amazing: by eating the right kinds of foods, and eliminating those which are not suited to your physical condition, temperament or lifestyle, you can not only prevent but also CURE certain diseases.
Based on the findings of a number of highly respected American and European scientists, we now have conclusive proof that this can be done. Listen to what they have to say, and heed their advice.
Do you want you and your loved ones to remain healthy and strong for the rest of your lives? Do you want to make optimum use of your store of vital energy? Do you want to feel better every day, and stay in top shape?
If your answer is yes, then you should know that a number of extremely simple solutions exist to help you attain those goals. They have to do with the food you eat, and a few easy-to-learn dietary principles.
There is nothing complex about it. You don’t have to adhere to some strange or complicated diet. All you have to do is learn more about common foods, the kinds that appear on your dinner table every day, and which are available in most supermarkets. The important thing, however, is to REALLY know them, learn how to combine them in the right way, and start using a number of foods that have been largely overlooked in recent years.
The great paradox of modern times, as far as food is concerned, is that although we live in a society of incredible abundance, many people are not only malnourished, they actually suffer from nutrient deficiencies of various kinds. And as you probably know, any kind of deficiency can have a serious impact on your health.
You’ll also find out about a number of indispensable substances which have been more or less forgotten by most people, either because of dietary trends, or simply out of habit. A lack of these substances weakens your organism, opening the door to a number of health problems, some of which can easily become chronic.
Each person’s ideal diet
The approach we recommend consists of re-evaluating what you eat in an objective way, so that you can make the best possible use of your vital energy reserves, and become your own best doctor.
If you are chronically tired or sick, you should obviously consult a doctor and follow the advice and treatment you are given. We are not suggesting that medical science, which saves and prolongs lives every day, can be replaced by proper nutrition.
What we are saying is that by improving the quality of your food, you can keep your body (and mind) in the best possible shape.
Science has made a lot of progress in the area of understanding nutrition. We can now evaluate and modify an individual’s eating habits, creating a more balanced diet and making that person healthier, stronger and more productive.
After all, why shouldn’t you learn to eat as well as you can? Why not really nourish your body instead of stuffing it with useless or even toxic substances? Especially since – and this is important -it’s never too late to do something good for yourself when it comes to your diet.
A truly balanced diet can, in many cases, correct past errors and give your body the extra energy it needs to attain well-being and even cure itself of disease.
There are doctors who passionately promote greater awareness of the influence of nutrition on health, and who regularly produce spectacular cures simply by making the right kinds of changes to their patients’ diets. Putting your nutritional house in order can, in many cases, rid your organism of toxins and provide it with the means to defend itself against disease. Extremely positive results have also been obtained in the treatment of fatigue, stress and mental illness, since the brain too depends on the food you eat to function properly.
A few rules to help you get started
In the next section you’ll be learning about the raw materials your body uses to regenerate and defend itself. You’ll also be given a crash course on how your body functions.
You might find the material a little difficult at first, but take the time to read it through. Understanding a few simple but important rules will help your mind and body function at an optimum level.
Since managing your energy well, and providing your body with the right kind of fuel, is the best way to acquire lasting health, it will be well worth the effort.