People often ask me why I am so adamant about having food serve as your medicine to better health. First, let’s get some things straight. I am not against doctors, nor do I think that conventional medicine is evil. I find flaw in that most doctors prescribe medicine to treat the symptom, instead of digging deeper to find the root of the problem.
Big Pharma is basically considered corrupt, and needs to have their compasses redirected to actually caring about the people, and not the money they make. Don’t worry, I’m not naive, I won’t be holding my breath. With that said, I do believe there is a time and place for conventional medicine. I do believe there is a time to visit the doctor or hospital. I do think we have made amazing strides in certain areas of the medical field that have helped save thousands of lives. I am grateful for them, and grateful for a lot of the work they do. At the same time, I also believe that the American people have become overly-dependent on prescriptions (“A pill for every ill!”), and while they may be keeping us alive, they are not helping us get healthier. So, what’s the answer? I believe the answer is in our diet. Get in touch with what you eat. Look at traditional foods. They can be your medicine.
A friend commented earlier on what types of foods I normally recommend people eat. And to put it simply, I teach people how to buy traditional foods to help them to better health. What are traditional foods you ask?
Traditional foods are those foods which have nourished people for thousands of years before the industrialization of food which began roughly in the 19th century. The foods of our ancestors were whole, unrefined, nutrient-dense, and have a long history of supporting good health. Traditional foods are unaltered and organic. They are also simple and fundamental. Traditional foods tend to be local. If you live on the coast, you may eat more fish. If you live on the plains or in a valley, you may eat more fresh, raw dairy and vegetables. In this way, traditional food is NOT a one-size-fits-all type of diet. Additionally, traditional foods are NOT low fat or low cholesterol, vegetarian or vegan, processed or packaged and sent around the globe. But the best reason to eat traditional foods is for health as these foods contain the highest quantity and best quality of nutrients when they are grown properly and are sustainable.
And as continuous thoughts from yesterday and a comment a follower on my Jared's ProPops twitter page made, foods and diet make us healthy. I will include myself in this, of course, but as the sickness season is approaching, our diets play more a role than what most give it credit. For most of us, our diets are bound to be less than perfect, and colds, flus, and other illnesses will happen, especially during the winter season. Of course, there are a plethora of cold and flu medicines you can buy at the store full of harmful ingredients, like high fructose corn syrup and unnatural dyes, not to mention a whole host of ingredients I can hardly pronounce.
Take a look at this example. Here are the inactive ingredients for a Robitussin cough and congestion syrup: anhydrous citric acid, artificial & natural flavors, carboxymethylcellulose sodium, D&C red no. 33, FD&C red no. 40, glycerin, high fructose corn syrup, menthol, microcrystalline cellulose, polyethylene glycol, povidone, propylene glycol, purified water, saccharin sodium, sodium benzoate, sorbitol solution, xanthan gum. WTH? Sure, the high fructose corn syrup makes the syrup more palatable, but refined sugar is not something you should be putting into your body when you are sick... or healthy. Moreover, these are the inactive ingredients, in other words, unnecessary ingredients. Take a look at the foods you ingest and digest. What do you think? Am I blowing this out of proportion?
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Jared Toay, aka. the "Popsicle Dude" or the "Mad Scientist" has actively been promoting the importance of gut health and digestion for more than 5 years. A weight loss researcher, bodybuilder, and creator of Jared's ProPops and Probiotic Foods, he has had a lengthy journey on his way to healthy living. An accomplished author and speaker, he would love to help you begin your journey to better health by sending you a coupon for a free ProPop. Simply join him on his "Jared's ProPops" fan page on Facebook or google "Jared's ProPops" to learn about his revolutionary and one-of-a-kind probiotic products.
Who Is Jared?
I am just someone who likes to talk about probiotics, kombucha, and is obsessively passionate about gut health and digestion, My personal mission is to try to ferment just about anything food related. This blog is a continuous flow of those thoughts on that journey.