Creative Eldering: Energy and Food
By Susan L. Levy, D. C. ~
The age-old adage from Hippocrates, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food,” provides simple sage advice. The importance of food, not only on a physiological level, but on a psychological, emotional and spiritual level has been addressed in every culture throughout the entire history of humanity. Many religious and cultural celebrations revolve around food. “Throughout the world, age-old religious mores—even taboos— still exist surrounding certain foods. Different religions designate specific foods as clean and unclean, blessed and unblessed, appropriate for certain occasions … while prohibiting other foods from being eaten at all” (Your Body Can Talk, 2nd Edition, 94). In many cultures, food is a source of great comfort, but ultimately food fuels your physical body.
Healthy dietary practices can help insure your optimal health and wellness. Your food choices, good and bad, affect every single part of your physical being, from your cells to your muscles and bones. Your immune system is especially affected by your diet. Food sensitivities differ from food allergies and the symptoms they present. Food sensitivities may not be life threatening, but they certainly place unneeded stress on your body. Many allergies, like hay fever, may stem from your food sensitivities that weaken your immune system. Then, an allergen such as dust, mold or pollen can be a much stronger allergic trigger for your hay fever. “Research indicates that the average American consumes a total of only twenty different food items” (Your Body Can Talk, 2nd Edition, 94). Twenty items certainly constitutes a limited diet and this alone proves to be a substantial contributor to a variety of health issues, including food sensitivity and poor immune function.
Many disorders, especially those that involve inflammation like arthritis and gastritis, stem from food allergies. When the body is unable to properly digest certain foods, other symptoms can also be present. In certain cases, “pink eye” and issues with the ears, such as ear infections or constant ringing in the ears can also be linked to food sensitivities. During my decades of experience as a (w)holistic health and wellness practitioner, I have seen a direct correlation to ear infections and milk allergies. If your regularly experience constipation, indigestion, excess gas and bloating, excess mucous production or hemorrhoids, you may suffer from food sensitivities.
In order combat food sensitivities, you should eat foods in their natural form. Rather than apple pie filled with genetically modified apples, “enriched” white flour, corn syrup sourced from genetically modified and pesticide laden corn crops, you can enjoy a delicious fruit salad filled with organic and wholesome berries, melons, grapes and apples. “The altering of DNA in various foods is done for a multitude of reasons, generally financially driven, and is known as “Genetic Modification.” These “Franken-foods” are often devitalized and, in many cases, carcinogenic (cancer causing)” (Your Body Can Talk, 2nd Edition, 99). Genetically modified foods often exude pesticides into the environment and when consumed, into your body. Look for foods labeled “organic,” “Non GMO” or “GMO-Free.”
Every food has a specific energetic quality. Some foods offer a healthy and lasting sense of vigor and wellness for your physical, mental and emotional being, while other foods may ultimately leave you feeling anxious, depleted or melancholic. Sugar and caffeine can have especially negative effects on your mental and emotional state. Initially, you may feel comforted or energized after consuming foods that contain these components, but within hours you will “crash.” It may be difficult at first, but altering your dietary practices to be heathier by choosing a wide array of natural and hopefully organic foods can help you to create optimal health and wellness.
I hope that you have been inspired to eat a wide variety of healthy and organic foods in order to ensure your best health and longevity potential.