The first thing I hear from the veterinarian when I bring a sick pet: “What are you feeding him?” I think the vet figured it out! The million dollar question family doctors should be asking their sick patients – what have you been eating?

We are what we eat. Our bodies are made from the nutrients we extract from the food. Our body is like a house; we can build it with good, quality material, or we can save the effort and use whatever we can find. Average adult body loses roughly 300 billion cells every day and must replace them.

CDC scientists published a paper in the Archives of Internal Medicine demonstrating that people who were eating well, who were active and nonsmokers were 80 percent less likely to have any major chronic disease. There is no pill invented so far that can reduce the risk of premature death by 80 percent!

Our genetic makeup does not necessarily control our life or our future. Epigenetics is a process by which the genetic function changes. Epigenetics is a sort of a switch that can turn a gene off or on. Food greatly influences epigenetics.

It is important to choose quality food. Throwing “organic” into the product name became a marketing ploy. Organic potato chips are as bad for you as ordinary potato chips. The healthiest food is the least processed food like lentils, broccoli, blueberries, avocados, almonds…- the food with one word ingredient. The longer is the ingredient list the more processed the food becomes.

Food can cure diseases. Any disease can be alleviated/treated by consuming the right food. During the Age of Exploration (between 1500 and 1800), it has been estimated that scurvy killed at least two million sailors. Food rich in vitamin C cures and prevents scurvy. There are many such examples.

In order to keep our body and mind strong we need to provide our bodies with the most healing foods and God-given natural remedies available.