"Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food." - Hippocrates (460-377 BC)
Conventional medicine has finally acknowledged the central role diet plays in a person's overall health. But achieving a good diet is not as simple as it sounds. Eating the right foods no longer ensures proper health due to toxins contaminating the earth's food supply. Therefore, it is important to pay attention not only to what food to eat, but to where the food was grown or raised, and to what chemicals it might have been exposed to before it reaches the table.
The typical modern diet of the past few decades has increasingly included more processed and contaminated foods than ever before. At the same time, we now suffer from more degenerative diseases, causing many physicians to suggest a strong link between what one eats and how one feels.
Over the years medical research has shown that saturated fats, white flour, refined starches, red meat, and chemical additives and pesticides, all common elements of the modern diet, are major contributors to poor health and disease.
The 1988 Surgeon General's Report on Nutrition and Health acknowledged, "What we ear may affect our risk for several of the leading causes of death for Americans, notably, the degenerative diseases such as: atherosclerosis, coronary heart disease, strokes, diabetes, and some types of cancers. These disorders, together, now account for more than two-thirds of all deaths in the United States."
Therefore we should exercise highest care in selecting what is wholesome in the matter of food and also conduct and behaviour.
Food is the principal factor which materially contributes to the strength, complexion, and vitality of animated beings. A proper measure of food is what which when taken is digested in due time without impairing one's health. An excess or surfeit of food is markedly harmful unless the gastric fire is increased by hard exercise. He alone can remain healthy, who regulates his diet.