Monday, March 5, 2012

Food Is the Best Medicine

In today's modern society, adulthood obesity has become a rising health concern. I'm sure I'm not the first person to tell you that. As more Americans overfeed themselves on junk food, overweight adults are being diagnosed with high blood pressure, cholesterol and digestive disorders. All caused by sedentary lifestyles coupled with poor food choices. Another rising epidemic I am witnessing is the apparent over-medicating to these individuals with treatements for these disorders. 

Doesn't it seem silly to medicate the problem and not the cause? Shouldn't doctors be sending patients to Nutritionists and Dieteitians, not the pharmacy?

If our society viewed Food as Medicine, perhaps more of us would be incined to live healtheir, longer and more full lifestyles.By continuing to take medication for the ailments caused by obesity, we are treating the symptoms, not the source of the problems!

Take my recent story for example:

I consider myself a pretty healthy eater. About 4 months ago I began having trouble eating food- ANY food. I experienced intense pain, indigestion and nausea, along with acid reflux that left me uncomfortable and unwilling to eat or drink anything. Not eating kept me from being productive at work or in the gym. Plus not eating is just plain TERRIBLE. I had to find out what was wrong with me.
I went to see my doctor, and relayed my symptoms to her. She came back with a series of tests and determined that I had GERDS - Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease. Come to find out, this was a hereditary condition that both my parents were prone to, and potentially can cause ulcers and cancer if left untreated.

 I was advised to begin taking a daily proton pump inhibitor - something like a powerful antacid. Everyday. For the rest of my life. I was not enthused.

I took the pills for a few weeks in order to be able to eat again, but I was not happy. I began searching frantically for an alternative to relying on medication. Through asking many questions and spending many hours paging through websites and books, I found my answer. There was a far less extreme remedy for my tummy troubles.

This was my "ah ha!" moment. I had discovered a basic cure- Food! I came across information that recommended trying a "clean eating" lifestyle (as I now highly recommend on my sites) coupled with the most amazing liquid on this earth (at least, in my opinion) - Apple Cider Vinegar.

Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar is fantastic - but the taste is something that is acquired. Mix 1 tablespoon with water for it's fat fighting, tummy taming, acne clearing qualities (yes, this thing is a bit of a miracle worker.) Read my article here on how ACV helped me out. 

I began taking ACV instead of my medicine to determine if it would truly work- simply Google search this product and you'll find tons of videos and sites promoting its healing benefits. (Please believe me when I say - I RARELY believe in gimmicks and "quick fixes," so I took this product with caution.) And besides, as far as "gimmicks" go, I figured if ACV didn't truly work as promised, I wouldn't be harming my body as much as alcohol or smoking.

As promised, sipping 2 tablespoons of ACV with water everyday improved my digestion almost immediately. Not only does this balance the Ph levels in your digestive system, it acts as a gentle cleansing process that relieves gas and bloating. Pure genius.

The best part is that I didn't have to take the medication anymore. You have no idea how ecstatic I was about this. Along with not enjoying the monthly co-pay fees, I was now free of having to rely on synthetic medicine for my body's health.

The moral of the story here is that I am afraid the medical world can be far too hasty when it comes to prescribing medicines to alleviate the general public's health problems. Perhaps it would be wiser to prescribe better health choices and habits, and lead patients in the right direction towards this.

Look for Bragg's Organic Apple Cider Vinegar when shopping - and be sure it has "The Mother" (it will say on the label). This is the pulp that is best for cleansing and regulating your digestion.

Check out this video to learn about all the benefits of ACV.

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Hi! I 'm Karlene Murphy. A lover of food (especially if it's gluten and dairy free!), getting outdoors, lifting weights, travel, writing, and snuggling with my two puppies. My addictions include chocolate, coffee, cookies, and sharing my love of being HAPPY and HEALTHY! My passion is educating others - whether at my full time job as a high school Psychology teacher, or with YOU my readers. I have been in the fitness wold for almost 10 years, and currently am an Online Fitness Coach, Fitness Instructor, Pilates and Yoga and Aerial Yoga Instructor in Southern New Hampshire. Contact Me if you need help with designing your own fitness and nutrition program.

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