Food as medicine for wellness of mind and body

Bilikisu Ojediji Written by Bilikisu Ojediji · 48 sec read >

“You are what you eat” has always been my motto/slogan and definitely a way of life for me. What you choose to eat has profound effects on your overall health. Research has shown that dietary habits influence our risks to certain diseases such as; high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, obesity, heart failure, liver and kidney diseases.

What you choose to eat should not replace medicine in all circumstances , although it has been proven that many illnesses can be prevented, treated and even cured by dietary and lifestyle changes. Most natural foods such as vegetables, fruits, beans and grains contain anti oxidants which helps to protect cells from damages that may result in certain illnesses and diseases. Foods that are rich in fibers such as vegetables and grains can help to improve proper digestion and also be beneficial to the good bacteria in your gut. Amino acids gotten from foods rich in protein can aid immune function and strengthen metabolism and growth. Omega 3 fatty acids helps to regulate inflammation that helps to improve heart and immune system.

“A healthy diet can help decrease your risk of diseases while food that are highly processed can lead to certain illnesses. Food is medicine interventions include medically tailored meals (also called therapeutic meals), medically tailored groceries (sometimes known as food “farmacies” or healthy food prescriptions), and produce prescriptions.

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