Food is regarded as medicine in Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and now even modern medicine.
Let me briefly summarize some of the current thinking on the role of food in building immunity and preventing numerous diseases.
- Fermented and fiber-rich foods help gut microbiota preventing the entire range of gastroenterological diseases from constipation, diarrhea, ulcers, and even cancers of the stomach.
- Plant-based foods that contain mono and polyunsaturated fatty acids and are free from harmful saturated fatty acids have been found to reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases. They keep bad cholesterol levels down and prevent the formation of plaque in the arteries. Plaque buildup is one of the major factors of angina, heart attacks, and strokes.
- Fruits and vegetables are rich in antioxidants and phytochemicals that help protect the body from infections.
- A plant-based, low-fat, low sugar diet prevents the onset of a range of lifestyle diseases from Type2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, cancers, and obesity.
No wonder Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, described the food as medicine. If you wish to learn more about nutrition and plants’ role in healing various diseases, you want to check the selection of books here.