Let Food Be Your Medicine
In the 4th century BC, the Greek physician, Hippocrates, is said to have uttered his now famous phrase: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” But how many of us actually understand what this means and, given that we have known this for so long, how is it possible for us to have lost our way so badly?
A new study just out, has shown that a Mediterranean diet is more effective than statins in tackling heart disease and, given that Sir David Nicholson, former chief executive of the NHS, gave up statins and turned to a Mediterranean diet, I think it’s time to re-evaluate what we put on our plate.
Foods such as Turmeric and artichoke have well tracked medicinal uses , indeed most plants that we eat have medicinal compounds within them. From Lycopene in tomatoes and the resverartrol from red grapes to the wonderful anti cancer actions found in the brassica family, what we consume really does have a marked effect on our overall health. We can use diet as an effective tool to help us lower cholesterol and there are some very good plant based alternatives to statins including Red Rice Yeast.
If we really are what we eat then it's vital that we take control of what we put into our bodies.
Why not make an appointment with our Nutritionist, Charlotte Heald, to discuss ways in which your diet can help you heal. The medicinal use of plants and herbs can also support the management of a wide range of health concerns, naturally. You can make an appointment with one of our team of Medical Herablists on 0131 225 5542.