Some of the largest selling pharmaceuticals today are antidepressants along with sleeping pills. This reflects the rise in anxiety and depression in our modern society. We're even medicating our children in an effort to assist them to function in school and social settings.
Whilst these medications are effective in reducing symptoms its important to look for and to address the root cause as there is evidence that long term use may create additional health concerns.
Besides the need for every increasing dosing you might expect digestive disorders and neurological damage further down the track if the root cause is not addressed.
You really don’t need a great deal of protein in order to be well which brings me to the worrying trend of the high protein diets including protein powders, soy isolates and shakes. Too much protein intake together with a low fat diet can lead to vitamin A deficiency, it burdens the digestive system and has been linked to cancer. (16) Unfermented processed soy ‘foods’ are problematic for a number of reasons- from blocking protein digestion to hormone disruption.
This article delves into the world of protein - the building blocks of nature without which we would have no structure, strength, motion or Emotional resilience. Protein is essential not only for tissue and muscle integrity but also immune, mental & emotional health, detoxification, energy production and so much more. Having some knowledge of the many functions of protein in your body can help us to better understand the signs and symptoms of deficiency when they occur.
Welcome back to our series on Traditional Foods- the foods which our forefather enjoyed, back when modern diseases like obesity and diabetes were a rarity. (1) Having read part one and two in this series you’re now aware of the importance of good quality fats in your diet along with the powerful healing capacity of organically produced, fresh, heirloom vegetables and fruit. Today we will look at nuts, seeds, grains and legumes, a group of foods which are similarly nutrient-dense and at the same time the source of much confusion and discussion around the health blogosphere.
Welcome back to my series on Traditional Foods- the very foods which early researchers such as Weston A Price found to be the hallmarks of the most robustly healthy folk on the planet. Today- thanks to supermarkets, food is not nearly so tricky to come by as it was in pre-industrial times. At the same time the quality of our convenience foods does not appear to be doing our health any favours. (7) With a little guidance and research however you too can whip up gourmet, healing remedies in your own kitchen from locally sourced produce.
Jillaine is passionate about Traditional FOOD AS MEDICINE. She lives on an organic farm in Cygnet Tasmania.