4. Subtle Influences of Food
Many healthy systems around the world have different ways to conceptualize health with very powerful results. Instead of interpreting food in terms of vitamins and minerals and proteins they talked about principles like heat, cold, fire, water and air, which they could directly perceive.
These principles are understandable within chemistry or physics to a degree but often the complete use of these systems relies on the idea of subtle energies that modern science has not been able to consistently measure – energies like chi and prana in food, our bodies and the environment.
These cultures have produced large numbers of remarkably healthy individuals. They picked out certain foods (powerfoods) that were particularly balancing for various needs.
5. Social and Cultural Influences of Food
Growing, preparing and eating food takes more time and energy than any other facet of man’s life. In all societies there have evolved intricate cultures around food which affect how we think, how we act and what kind of lives we will live.
Older cultures also discovered foods and combinations of foods that were particularly healthy.
The Mediterranean diet is one example. At first nutritionists did not understand how everyone could be so healthy consuming so much oil. It turned out that mono-unsaturated olive oil has many properties that are just now being understood and appreciated. The Italians did not understand the chemistry of various levels of saturation of fats. They just knew olives grew well and over time, through trial and error, developed just the right combination of oil and tomatoes and vegetables and meats to maintain health.
How Many Powerfoods Are In Your Kitchen Right Now?
With all these factors in mind, it turns out there are many foods that can bring you greater health, if you understand their potential and use them in the best situation.
For example, strawberries (like many berries) have amazing properties but they are one of the foods that often get the most toxic sprays when growing. If you eat a case of non-organic strawberries thinking you are getting all the powerfood benefits, it may be that the overload of toxicity in your system will take away any positive influences on a chemical or subtle level.
Personally I like to keep up with all the recent research about food but I know that any single study can be deeply flawed or biased. I always try to balance what I am hearing with the finding of older health systems and cultures. My final decision for me is whether my body is attracted to a particular food at this time.
At Real Food for Life we continue to bring people’s awareness to the power of foods. We also have used vital health testing to determine which foods are suitable for an individual at this time.
Here are a few Powerfoods:
Walnuts – The crinkly powerfood with the highest antioxidant activity of any nut
Saskatoons – Our favorite berry
Cabbage - For glowing skin and hair – some say it collects “moon power”
Stevia – Many sweet benefits. Make sure its still in whole food form. (not the white powder)
Green Tea – The powerfood that ruled the world
For a more complete list of powerfoods with explanations, click here.