Food is powerful medicine. There was a time when all humans consumed were whole foods and we spent energy, moving our bodies to chase after it, grow it or find it. Whole foods are perfectly balanced with vitamins, minerals, and cofactors we are just beginning to understand the importance of. Even now when we eat “whole foods”, we squeeze the oil out of one fruit or vegetable and cook another vegetable in it, which disrupts this delicate balance of essential fats, omega 3, 6 and 9. Even when we are seemingly careful to eat organic, what does that even mean anymore? Each plant, every crop, every carrot or Brussels sprout has a differing amount of nutrients in it depending upon the soil where it was grown.
When we add to this “imbalance” the introduction of industrial foods, pharmaceutical drugs and other pollutants, our bodies will convey the relationship between what you eat and how you feel however it can, sometimes with energy loss, hair loss or even disease.
I used to think that simply switching to a nutrient-dense whole foods diet was the solution, but not without repairing the damage done. Dramatic changes in diet, even for the better, can cause a “healing crises” while the body tries to unload toxins. When we are out of balance, to put it in the simplest of terms, it is really the good bugs and bad bugs that are disrupted. This is why it is important to begin a shift in your health with opening the “elimination pathways” first, so when the “bad bugs” are no longer supported and they die-off they can leave the body easily.
One we prepare our bodies to, once again, obtain all of the nutrients from our foods, our bodies can receive all that is needed for optimal health. I have experienced this myself. It takes the ability to let go of the foods you think you need that are not so good, and grabbing onto new ways of eating where each ingredient has value.