Hippocrates (460 BC – 370 BC) is considered one of the most prominent public figures in medicine history. In his oeuvres he explains the basis of sickness and health. He sustained the theory about how a disease is due to an imbalance in the body and in vital strength. He was a precursor of dietary topics and he left this aphorism: “Let your food be your medicine, let your medicine be your food” which is the basic principle of his teachings.
A disease is a way for our body to express its imbalance. Your body is talking to you and telling you it´s either lacking or holding an excess of a nutrient, it´s holding an excess of toxins, it needs exercising or lacking some sleep.
If we started by listening to our body, we would analyze our discomforts, we would search for the actual cause of them and treat them by changing our life style.We wouldn´t need to appeal to medicine which most of the time it just heals the symptoms but not the true cause of our disease. If we decide to have healthy eating habits, to practice any sport or frequent exercise, to sleep enough time, to let recreational activities that allow a space for relaxation and stress releasing become a frequent part of our life, as well as to propitiate having more contact with Mother Nature; we would give our bodies the chance to solve their problems and togo back to a balanced status based on health, one of the main elements necessary for building a stable life style.
We are like an automobile´s engine that needs the proper gas, and the right amounts of oil and water. When one of these elements is missing or we fill it up with less quality ones it starts failing. We take care of providing our car with high quality products so that we can ensure a betterperformance and lifetime. We should do the same with our body.
Much of this problem is because of misinformation and the lack of food education. We believe that certain foods are healthy when they´re not and we over eat them causing us damage, ignoring the healing properties of so many foods. We are overfed and undernourished.
In order for us have a better life we need to stop using food only as a mean to obtain pleasure, we need to get more serious about our health, become conscious, educate and discipline ourselves. We live to eat, without realizing that what we need is eating for living.
María José García
Culiacán, Sinaloa, México.