The ancient Greek Father of Medicine, Hippocrates, penned that “all diseases begins in the gut” and that for true healing and optimum health, we need to exercise, “let medicine be thy food and food thy medicine” and the “natural forces within us are the true healers of disease”.
The word “diet” comes from the ancient Greek “diaita,” which means “the way of life.” In Ancient Greece, a diet was about good health and, one component of that, was food. Good health required the nurturing of the mind, body and soul.
The diet was a key component to ensuring good gut health and a healthy immune system. The ancient Greeks also noted the correlation and the link between the gut and emotional/brain health.
The gut plays an important role in our emotional health and our digestion actually plays a key role in our natural immunity to diseases. The gut helps keep toxins at bay.
A healthy gut will have the ability to break down or neutralize the toxins that may have been taken in, along with some food or the environment. It breaks down food and helps in the extraction of essential nutrients that the body needs to perform.
The gut has an entire ecosystem of bacteria and yeast – some beneficial to us and others toxic.
Like all ecosystems, the delicate balance of the digestive tract can be altered by various toxins including antibiotics and other drugs, chemicals like chlorine and fluoride in our water, food additives and preservatives, GMO’s, stimulants like coffee and an overabundance of difficult-to-digest foods like improperly prepared whole grains and non-organic meat.
It is vitally important to therefore take good care of the gut and to keep the good bacteria thriving. Below are some ancient Greek wisdoms for taking care of your gut and to ensure a healthy immune system:
Cook & Eat With Wholesome Conscious Ingredients
“Realize that your body is the garment of your soul and then you will preserve it pure. As he who wishes the best fruit must pay attention to the land, so must the greatest attention be paid to the soul if it is to produce fruits worthy of its nature.— Pythagoras”
The ancient Greek Hippocratic way of healing was ‘wisdom healing’: using food to nourish the mind, body and soul. It is important to eat an abundance of food that is good for our gut health and to keep to a minimum or avoid all foods that are not beneficial to the gut.
Cook and Eat ingredients and foods with a high vibrational frequency.
These include fresh certified organic fruit and vegetables food (especially greens and living grains such as sprouts), natural supplements e.g. spirulina, Herbal Teas, Herbs and spices, pure or filtered water – reverse osmosis or freshly collected spring water are the best choices (fluoride and chemical free).
Good oils e.g. olive oil, coconut oil and avocado oil, eat raw foods, dehydrated and lightly steamed food e.g. anything in its uncooked, minimally processed raw, sprouted and organic state, raw nuts and seeds, fermented foods, raw chocolate.
Natural sweeteners such as raw honey, grape must and maple syrup, legumes, grains such as couscous, kamut, buckwheat, brown rice, amaranth, spelt and barley and incorporate Omega-3 to Omega-6 fats and foods.
Keep to a minimum or avoid low vibrational foods and ingredients. These include genetically modified (GMO) food and conventional food that has been treated with chemicals and pesticides, white rice and flours, sugars, artificial sweeteners (unhealthy bacteria thrives on sugar).
Coffee, sodas, alcohol, meat, fish and poultry, processed, packaged, canned and fast foods, unhealthy oils e.g. canola, soy, cottonseed, margarine, lard and vegetable oils, frozen foods, pasteurized cow’s milk, yoghurt and cheese and cooked foods that are deep fried and microwaved.
If you eat meat make sure it is organic or at the very least grass fed and grass finished. Ensure that fish and prawns are not farmed. In particularly avoid tilapia, farmed salmon and farmed prawns. These are usually fed toxic GMO feed etc.
When eating fruit and vegetables, eat a variety of colors. Eat fruit and vegetables that are in season for optimum nutrition.
Consume Fermented Foods
Hippocrates believed that most disease began in the gut and called fermented foods “probiotic” meaning “for life”, in Greek.
In ancient times doctors prescribed sour milk, yoghurt, apple cider vinegar, and pickles for digestion following the wisdom of Hippocrates.
In addition the Ancient Greeks also used sauerkraut (salted shredded cabbage exposed to air) to treat and prevent intestinal infections.
Fermented foods include Greek yoghurt, kefir, sauerkraut, miso, kimchi, kombucha, and raw pickles.
These probiotic foods help detox the gut and our immune system.
Adopt Healthy And Happy Thoughts.
“Day by day, what you choose, what you think and what you do is who you become” – Heraclitus
Those who approached the Oracle at Delphi were encouraged to have “good thoughts”. An excess of unhappy thoughts can cause an imbalance in the body and lead to many illnesses.
Inner balance and agapi cannot coexist with worry, stress, anger, frustration, fear, anxiety and competitiveness. These feelings or experiences do not…
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Maria Benardis – Author, Intuitive Health & Wellness Coach & Chef