Foods and Health

Human health depends on the total of the many “small” decisions we make daily, in other words, our lifestyle. Generally speaking, the choices that most affect our health depend on the foods we eat. There are so many alternatives available that we must continually decide which foods to select and how they are best prepared.

Information + Correct Choices = Health: The more comprehensive the information we have regarding available foods, the simpler it is to make the best selections for health.

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Harmful Foods, Beneficial Foods

People need food during their lives. While all foods give nutrients and energy, some can cause disorders and diseases; others bring health and healing. Consequently, there are harmful foods and, of course, beneficial foods. It is vital to understand foods well to choose those that sustain our health, which is so vulnerable today, and those that treat numerous diseases. This website is designed to provide that understanding.

Foods and Health Sources

Humans can adapt to eating almost anything, whether mineral, vegetable, or animal. But simply because something can be eaten does not mean this may be done without risking good health.

From the mineral kingdom: Water and salt are two foods (in the broad sense of the word) of mineral origin. Unlike any other food, the water and salt we eat do not originate from any living thing.

From the vegetable kingdom: These specific foods are healthier and have the most healing potential. Different types of vegetables can be utilized as food:

  • Seaweed – These are eaten whole, microscopic single-cell (such as spirulina) or multicellular such as the rest of the seaweed.
  • Higher plants – Customarily, these foods are a part of the plant: fruit, seed, bulb, root, etc.
  • Fungi – Although they are grouped with foods of vegetable origin, fungi belong to an independent kingdom with its characteristics. Those fungi used as food are:
    certain microscopic fungi belong to the class Ascomycetes, such as brewer’s yeast.
    mushrooms are, in reality, only a part (fruity body) of higher fungi.

From the animal kingdom: Certain secretions, eggs, and meat of various aquatic and land animals can be used for food. However, not all of them are beneficial.

  • The milk of various species of mammals and the dairy products made from it.
  • Honey and other secretions of certain insects, such as bees.
  • The eggs of some birds, especially those belonging to the family Galinaceae.
  • The eggs of certain fish, such as the sturgeon (caviar).
  • The meat of various fish, mollusks, amphibians, and crustaceans.
  • The meat and other body tissues of aquatic (whale) or land (lamb) mammals.

Comparison of Foods of Vegetable and Animal Origin

 VegetableAnimal Origin
HealingYes. In addition to their nutritional properties, they act pharmacologically like medicinal plants.Only very few and only in particular cases.
LivingThe more significant portion can be eaten while their cells are still alive, retaining all their biochemical and healing potential.Their cells are dead when eaten. Decay begins in these cells at the moment of the animal’s death.
Chemical contaminationGenerally speaking, this is very small and external; as a result, peeling or thorough washing can eliminate it.More significant than with vegetables since animals retain and concentrate contaminants they consume.
Harmful componentsGenerally, they contain few and are of low toxicity. Any that may be present are typically removed by soaking or cooking.It may contain potent and dangerous toxins, particularly in seafood and some fish.
Depletion of natural resourcesProduction requires few natural resources. Some crops, such as legumes, do not even need fertilizer.High. To gain one calorie of animal-based food, it is necessary to provide seven calories of vegetable-based feed to livestock or fowl.
Antioxidant actionFruits, and vegetables, are rich in vital antioxidants such as vitamins A, C, and E, selenium, and flavonoids. They prevent premature aging, avoid cancer and enhance the immune system.Contains only a trace of antioxidants.
DiureticPromotes elimination of numerous prejudicial substances that are the by-products of metabolism, such as uric acid and urea. Purifies and detoxifies the blood and tissues.Do not act as a diuretic. On the contrary, meat, seafood, and fish add waste material to the organism.
Na/K quotient (sodium/potassium)Low, since they contain much more potassium than sodium. This contributes to its diuretic and antihypertensive effects.High. Dairy products, fish, seafood, and meats contain more sodium and less potassium than vegetables. Their regular consumption may lead to hypertension.
Ca/P quotient (calcium/phosphorous)High, thus contributing to the fixation of minerals in the bones.Low. Since they contain much more phosphorous than calcium, fish, seafood, and meat act as decalcifiers.
CholesterolNo vegetable food contains cholesterol; not even those rich in fats such as nuts. Additionally, they help lower blood cholesterol levels.Cholesterol is only observed in foods of animal origin. All animal secretions and tissues except honey and other beehive products contain cholesterol.
HeartHeart healthy and helps avoids arteriosclerosis.Milk products, eggs, and meat are associated with coronary disease.
CancerContain substances that counteract the effect of carcinogens consumed as an ingredient of other foods or as a consequence of environmental pollution. Additionally, they stop the development of cancerous cells.Several research relates the liberal use of milk, eggs, and meat to various types of cancer. On the other hand, yogurt and fermented milk products have a prophylactic effect.

The Healing Power of Vegetables

Discover the natural pharmacy in your pantry. The following presents some of the healing properties of vegetable foods.

1. Diuretics:

celery
persimmon

2. Astringents:

cranberries

3. Urinary antiseptics:

  • Cranberry – Counters the effects of cystitis and other urinary infections without activating bacterial resistance.
artichokes

4. Hepatic tonic:

  • Artichoke – increases bile flow and detoxifies the liver.
  • Other foods that act as hepatic tonics – loquats and cardoon.
coconut

5. Mineral restorers:

6. Hypolipidemic:

avocado

7. Antioxidants:

oranges
  • Oranges – contain four potent antioxidants: vitamin C, beta-carotene (provitamin A), flavonoids, and folic acid. They help avoid arteriosclerosis and thrombosis.
  • Other antioxidant foods – strawberries, citrus fruits, and nuts.
brocoli

8. Anticarcinogens:

9. Digestives:

pineapples
plums

10. Laxatives:

11. Antianemics:

pistachios

Healing Foods

Plant-based foods, like medicinal plants, contain substances that produce pharmacological effects similar to any other medications, but with these advantages:

  • They prevent and correct the tendency toward disease and have curative properties.
  • Generally speaking, they have no side effects.

REFERENCES

George D. Pamplona-Roger, M.D. “Encyclopedia of Foods and Their Healing Power.” George D. Pamplona-Roger, M.D. Encyclopedia of Foods and Their Healing Power. Trans. Annette Melgosa. Vol. 1. Chai Wan: Editorial Safeliz, 2005. 25, 26, 27, 28, 29. Print. [foods and health]

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