IntroductionIndustrialization food as medicine to heal the body

IntroductionIndustrialization and the subsequent rise of capitalist economies lead and promote mindless consumerism. Add to that an ever increasing population – the demand for food products has exploded.Scientific research and industrial developments have stepped in to meet this exponentially increasing demand from an ever growing and overeating human population. Crops and animals are being produced at highly accelerated speeds to meet the unnatural demands of the big industries eventually driving the prices of food products up.The dealers, manufacturers, laugh their way to the banks, more often at the cost of the poverty stricken people in poor and also developed countries who cannot afford to sustain themselves.Well, the story doesn’t end here. The mindless consumer is also paying a hefty price by consuming these ‘unnaturally’ processed foods. Why do we have to process the food? Well, to increase the shelf life, reduce transportation and storage costs, improve the look and feel, etc .Today most of the available processed food is junk which causes more harm than good. Dairy and grain allergies are on the rise. Chicken and cattle meat is loaded with estrogen and other hormones.Preservatives (Sodium, Sugar & Trans fats) used in processed foods lead to Diabetes, HyperTension / Blood Pressure problems, allergies and even cancer.The reality is that we have shifted away from natural remedies and many of us rely on a diet of processed, fatty and sugar-laden food.However, It is not all doom and gloom. Thanks to the social media, today more people are now aware of the dangers and are preferring organic and natural food over commonly available and aggressively marketed processed unhealthy food. The demand for organic foods and naturally produced body products has gone up considerably in the last few years. However, they are still expensive and not so widely available. There is a lot of junk being marketed as healthy food – such as Low Fat, Low Sugar etc which are also as harmful as the conventional food.Hippocrates, the father of Western medicine said “Food is Medicine”.From centuries, the earliest known health practitioners across the ancient civilizations used food as medicine to heal the body e.g., Ayurveda. It is clearly evident that food plays a major role in health.Here we try and list some natural and organic foods along with their benefits so the readers can make some healthy choices to heal and protect your body and give the immune system a break from dealing with toxins, preservatives, additives and chemicals that are included in so many of today’s processed foods. The selection of foods is limited at present and more will be added in due course.Coconut oilRecent research has uncovered the secrets to this amazing super food: namely healthy fats called medium-chain fatty acids. Due to its structure, medium-chain fatty acids in coconut oil is naturally turned into fuel in a 3 step process whereas other fats could require as many as 26 steps before they turn into energy.As the medium-chain fatty acids in the coconut oil are easier to digest, unlike Long Chain Fatty Acids found in other plant based oils the immediate benefits are:it allows easier cell permeability for immediate energy due to it smaller sizeIt is easily processed by the liver instead of being stored as fatSome benefits of coconut oils are:Proving to be beneficial in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and DementiaRegulates Blood Pressure and prevents Heart DiseasesTreats Urinary Tract Infections, Kidney infections and protects the liverReduces inflammation and ArthritisReduces Inflammation and ArthritisCancer Prevention and TreatmentImmune System Boost (Antibacterial, Antifungal and Antiviral)Improves Memory and Brain FunctionImproves Energy and EnduranceImproves Digestion and Reduces Stomach Ulcers and Ulcerative ColitisReduces Symptoms of Gallbladder Disease and Pancreatitis Improves Skin Issues (Burns, Eczema, Dandruff, Dermatitis and Psoriasis)Prevents Gum Disease and Tooth DecayPrevents OsteoporosisImproves Type II DiabetesWeight lossBuilding Muscle and Losing Body FatHair CareCandida and Yeast Infections TreatmentAnti-AgingRestore Hormone BalanceGheeTraditionally made from Cow or Buffalo milk. The Ghee is clarified butter but simmered long enough to remove the water and milk fats leaving behind a high smoke point fat. Nutritionally rich like Coconut oil but unlike butter, it has unique nutrition profile without any lactose or casein, but rich in short-chain and medium-chain fatty acids and butyrate. Lactose or casein-sensitive people can easily use ghee without any issues because the process has removed these allergens.Some of the benefits of Ghee:High Smoke PointSaturated fats (ghee and coconut oil) are more stable for cooking than monounsaturated fats (olive and avocado), and monounsaturated fats tend to be more stable than polyunsaturated fats (flax oil and fish oil). Fats change their fatty acid structure when heated and turn unhealthy when heated close to their smoke point. It destroys essential phytonutrients and can result in an increase of free radicals. Therefore, always be sure to use a healthy oil that is suitable to the recipe and preparation. Therefore, Olive oils should not be used for cooking but only as dressing and sauce or added after cooking.Ghee’s smoke point is around 450 degrees Fahrenheit similar to the other high smoke point oils available today e.g., peanut oil, soybean oil, corn oil and canola oil – which are genetically modified and unhealthy for consumption.2. Ghee is rich in Fat soluble Vitamins A, D, E and KFor people with gluten sensitivity, IBS, leaky gut syndrome, Crohn’s or other pancreatic disorders, absorbing Vitamin A is an issue. By using ghee for cooking, we can increase its intake (438 IU per 1 TBSP).Vitamin D, can be produced by body after exposure to sunlight. But for people who cannot get enough sunlight, Ghee is a natural source of Vitamin D (15 MCG per 1 TBSP).Ghee improves body moisture as it contains Vitamin E (0.4 MCG per 1 TBSP) which is an antioxidant and plays a great role in repairing damaged skin, balancing hormones, improving vision and balancing cholesterol.Vitamin K, another fat soluble Vitamin is available in Ghee (1.2 MCG per 1 TBSP) is essential for the body to help utilize minerals, including calcium.3. Ghee is suitable for people with Lactose and Casein intolerances and sensitivities4. Ghee improves Digestion4. Ghee reduces inflammation5. Ghee contains Butyratic acid, a short chain Fatty acid which is a detoxifier, supports colon health. It also supports healthy insulin levels.

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