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5 Ways Powerfoods Help Us

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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.

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Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy Living Network and Healthy Cooking. She is the head chef at Real Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook or Twitter (@DancinginLife).


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9:44PM PDT on Sep 27, 2011

Thank you! Although I drink white tea instead of green tea. It has even more antioxidants and contains less flouride do to the leaves being picked earlier than the leaves picked for green tea.

5:31AM PDT on Sep 26, 2011

Very interesting. Thanks!!

10:09AM PDT on Sep 25, 2011


1:32AM PDT on Sep 25, 2011

We all seem to be in agreement about this article, in that we liked it. One statement which rings true to me almost every day is :
"Your environment activates the expression of your genes."

My genes seem to have been confused over the last few years.
My health was detrimentally effected after I moved from a sunny Mediterranean climate to a wet and cold temperate climate with grey skies most months of the year. Fortunately, everyone brightens up during the brief summer time...

11:48PM PDT on Sep 24, 2011

Excellent article, just what we all need to hear about the foods that keep us healthy. Hippocrates said, "Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food." Go plant based by eating 70% of your diet in raw produce and you cannot go wrong.

Doc Blake

10:57AM PDT on Sep 23, 2011

I eat a lot of powerfoods every day. My breakfast made of a green smoothie is full of them. Today it was made of: swiss chard, almonds, apples and a concentrated Chinese formula of powerfoods. mmmm

10:30AM PDT on Sep 23, 2011


6:44AM PDT on Sep 23, 2011


3:10AM PDT on Sep 23, 2011

Thanks for the article.

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