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Food Will Act Like a Drug . . . .

posted Jul 11, 2013, 6:39 PM by Susan Bernhardt   [ updated Jul 11, 2013, 6:39 PM ]
Just as I finished lunch, which featured kale as the main event, I came across this ESPN article: "Ibanez's fountain (and kale) of youth," at Raul Ibanez attributes much of his success in MLB at age 41 to his healthy diet. He estimates that 80% of what he eats is nonprocessed food. He thinks his diet helps with soreness and energy levels. His body lets him know when he's gone off track. On this point, Ibanez said, "Food will act almost like a drug if you use it the wrong way." From an Ayurvedic perspective, he has it almost right. Food will act like a medicine if you use it the right way. Some foods, and especially herbs and spices, can be used specifically for their healing properties. Turmeric and ginger are just two great examples. Particular foods can help, or hurt, with particular issues. For example, cooling foods (think cucumbers and watermelon) can help counter being overheated, which can manifest in various ways, such as skin rashes, acne, and irritability. Eating heating foods (like hot peppers) in those circumstances will likely make things worse. Ibanez's overall point, though, is spot on: what you eat can make a big difference on many levels - not just weight, cholesterol, and blood sugar, but pretty much every aspect of health. And what you do about 80% of the time is what matters most, as Ibanez says.