How Food Affects Your Health
As we switch to healthier food, our cells are nourished, healed, and rebuilt. The proper foods help the body clean out toxins, increase circulation, rebalance hormones, and optimize metabolism. Neurotransmitters contained in (or triggered by) our food lead to improved mood and sharpened consciousness. Our immunity strengthens, we become flexible and resilient, our skin clears, and our organs begin to heal. Not only do we look brighter and feel stronger, we also experience a surge in energy and stamina. Over time, it’s possible to completely transform our bodies and our lives.
My clients are often amazed at the dramatic improvements they experience by making the right changes in diet and eating habits.
How does it work? Food affects us in 5 important ways:
Food contains vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other micronutrients that our bodies need to perform all functions. In addition, food serves as the fuel to run our brain and metabolism, as well as the raw material our body uses to repair and rebuild cells. If we don’t eat foods with the right nutrients, our bodies have a hard time functioning well.
2. Neurotransmitters and Hormones
Food contains or triggers the release of neurotransmitters and hormones, which signal our brains and other organs to react in certain ways. For example, food may trigger melatonin, which helps us feel relaxed and drowsy, serotonin, which helps us feel happy, or adrenaline, which helps us feel alert and energized.
When we eat too much food, we create fat tissue, which scientists are starting to recognize as an organ in its own right. According to endocrinologists, fat makes and secretes more hormones than probably any other organ. It coordinates how much we eat, how much energy we burn, how the immune system works, and how we reproduce. According to Gokhan S. Hotamisligil, a professor of genetics and metabolism at the Harvard School of Public Health: “Many people think your brain controls your fat. We promote the idea that your fat controls your brain.”
Food can cause our blood sugar levels to surge or plummet, either of which affects our energy, moods, strength, endurance, sleep, and more. Food can also stabilize our blood sugar, helping us feel calm, strong, confident, happy, focused, alert, and peaceful.
Just as people have chi, so does our food. Chi (also called ki or prana) is the energy or life force that enters our chakras, circulates through our meridians, and can be stimulated through acupuncture or acupressure. Most people don’t realize that this same energy runs through all of nature, including animals, plants, and the earth itself. Just as your human chi is very different from that of a chimpanzee, the chi of a carrot is very different than the chi of an avocado. When we understand the nature of the energy in different foods, we can use this knowledge to influence the chi in our own bodies, to make it greater, or to circulate in different ways to nourish specific areas, organs or systems in our body. Click here to learn more about macrobiotics, the study of how our food’s energy affects our health.
By changing the food we eat, we can gradually transform our bodies in the direction of greater health, flexibility, immunity, strength, energy, longevity, and improved appearance. We begin to feel a deep sense of wellbeing at the cellular level.
It’s all a matter of knowing what to do, and learning a few simple tricks, tools and habits that can get you on the right track.
Let me show you the power of food, and how to harness it to create positive physical transformation in your own life.
Click here for a listing of conditions that respond well to dietary changes.