“When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use. When diet is correct, medicine is of no need.” – Ayurvedic Proverb.
Our diet is crucial for a healthy body, mind, spirit, and soul, but it is also one of the things we abuse. Most of us are too busy to take the time to prepare meals, don’t understand what our body needs, and are unaware we have unhealthy diets or are on a cookie-cutter diet. So many illnesses, diseases, pains, and even mental and emotional upset come from poor diets.
Did you know things like inflammation in the body (arthritis, asthma, gastritis, etc.), seasonal allergies, mood, and energy are affected by your diet? All these listed depend on a healthy gut (stomach, intestines, spleen).
The next time you wake up with a crushing headache, sinus pressure, and sneezing, ask yourself, “What have I been eating?” Have you consumed dairy, sugar (bread and pasta), processed and deep-fried foods? If you have, this can encourage a slow-moving digestive system which allows everything to sit in your body a little longer than it should, turning into phlegm or inflammation. Now, I’m not saying 100% of your ailments come from your diet; it is just a really, really good place to start, and what you eat can exacerbate your symptoms.
When my clients see me about herbal medicine, I always recommend they see Jessica Hill Powell, the health & wellness coach at Meridian Integrative Wellness. Most of the time, we have an attachment to our diets – Jessica helps us figure out that attachment and create a healthy relationship with food. When diet is taken care of, my clients tell me they feel at least 90% better.
Did you know herbs used in Herbal Medicine can be included in your diet? Yeah, food is your medicine. Herbs like dates, blackberry, red grapes, and other things encourage a healthy heart, kidneys, and arteries. Dan Gui (women’s ginseng) root is often used in soup or stir fry.
Want to increase your health or begin healing your pains and disease? Take a look at your diet. Pharmaceuticals have their place and can work wonders when absolutely needed, but I wonder where our health would be if we put effort into understanding the perfect diet for ourselves.
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Erica Ware – Owner of Holistic Bodywork