Your Number 1 Preventive Health Program

The most important contribution to your preventive health program is reading your body signs. Knowing your body signs can help you determine nutrient deficiencies and then prevent illnesses by eating the right foods which will, in turn, provide the needed corrective nutrients.

Knowing your body signs will also help you recognize when to see your doctor. Sometimes you need the diagnosis of a medical doctor in order to know what problem exists before you can begin a remedial or preventive health program.

Once you have a professional diagnosis from your physician, you can work out a dietary or an alternative approach to drugs. If you must take drugs, let it be temporary. Work with your doctor toward an alternative to long-term intake of drugs that can create other problems. Certainly, eating well is always beneficial in any medical situation.

Before undertaking any major alternative health program and adding supplements to your diet, check it out with your doctor to make sure nothing will interfere with the conditions or medications. Your doctor will help you make the transition in the most beneficial manner.

Begin to understand your body language and learn what it means to your health. Your body may be getting enough nutrients or supplements and still give signs or symptoms of a lack of them. This could be because of several factors such as poor absorption of nutrients, poor digestion, not chewing foods properly, imbalances of nutrients foods taken together, stress factors, blockage by drugs, an increased rate of nutrients utilization, etc..

Different strokes for different folks.

World renowned biochemist Dr. Roger Williams coined a term “biochemical individuality” to denote the effect of heredity on the individual nutritional needs. This is based on the concept that every individual has different requirements and needs for their body and mind to function at optimum health. For example some people have natural gluten intolerance, or may have certain diseases such as celiac disease, the inability to digest the protein of wheat, rye, oats or barley. To some people, certain foods may cause mild or acute diarrhea, bloating and other discomforts.

Others may suffer from allergic reactions caused by pollen, certain foods, certain chemicals, certain clothes, etc. According to experts in the field, these people may have a certain requirement for the B vitamins complex or certain isolated B vitamins. Most people can minimize allergic reactions by strengthening the immune system through eating only healthy foods, getting lots of exercise, avoiding toxins, keeping free of stress and its effects, taking sufficient amounts of daily nutrients such as vitamins A, C, & B complex, etc.

In some cases, it may also be necessary to take digestive enzymes to break down the proteins and prevent allergic reactions in the bloodstream. Often, just taking the time to chew the foods to liquid state can change the whole digestive process for clear improvements. These are all signs to watch for from your body’s reactions and responses to regular foods and even supplements.

To help digestion, one must get “live” enzymes into the body. Most foods are cooked and with the cooking are lost important and critical enzymes. For proper bodily functions one should be eating raw vegetables and sprouts, natural, raw and sprouted, nuts and seeds, daily.

Garden of Eden

Pain and sickness makes us long for a time when there was “none of these diseases” – a beginning in time when things were the way God intended them to be. It was a time of innocence and purity of body, soul and spirit, in its most natural environment – the Garden of Eden – when people lived on a purely natural food source.

Natural foods from the garden was the sustaining fuel of the human being, originally provided to feed every cell and building block of life in the human body. And it was good!

Interestingly, I read somewhere that Thomas A. Edison had a dream that the doctor of the future would give no medicine but would interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease. Let’s hope that his vision will come true some day. So far, most traditional doctors have been increasingly interesting their patients in pharmaceutical and medical products.

But, in the meantime, the #1 preventive health program is still to know what our body is telling us and act upon it. Making the right changes and choices of foods and educating ourselves on the issues specific to our individual body needs and requirements will take us a long way closer to our aim to enjoy a permanent state of health, nutrition and easy dieting./dmh