Food Isn't Like Medicine, It Is Medicine

Updated: Nov 10

🔥 Bonji Hot Takes: Volume 46 🔥

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Hi all, welcome back to the Bonji Hot Takes! We hope your week has been filled with success and happiness. The weekend is near, but we hope to offer some value before the week closes and you are enjoying the time off. It's rather obvious that food is a key to your health, both physical and mental. However, we rarely think of food as medicine. Many foods have properties that help fight sickness, boost immunity and a ton of other beneficial health-related issues. Food itself is not only a source of energy but contains information that regulates every function of our bodies. It can help prevent and even reverse diseases! Thus, we like to say, “food isn't like medicine, it is medicine.” Today, we want to share with you some of the best foods for each of the listed health conditions.

Food is medicine

­­­­­Where Food Can Help 1. Fighting Inflammation Most modern diseases have one thing in common… inflammation. When focusing on inflammation, there are a few ways to fight it, such as whole foods, high fiber, healthy fats, and high vitamin diets. This Harvard study discusses that doctors are now suggesting that cures for inflammation aren't in pills, but in your refrigerator. There are many foods that fall into these categories and help fight inflammation. For instance, tomatoes, green leafy vegetables, acai, and other fruits, nuts, and fatty fish. 2. Bowel Movement / Gut Health Gut health is often overlooked as an important factor in your overall health. Everything in your body is connected to what you eat, even your brain! In fact, your gut is constantly sending messages to your brain. Thus, what you eat directly relates to how you think and how you act. Here are some foods that actively promote gut health, however, simply eating fresh, natural, and non-processed foods are keys to a healthy stomach: sauerkraut, kombucha, and yogurt. 3. Stress Did you know that stress is the main driver of chronic diseases? Interestingly, many foods can play a role in how you handle stress and how stress impacts your health. The first example is dark chocolate, which holds many promising properties when it comes to stress. Simply the savory, indulgent factor of chocolate can give an emotional boost to an individual. Additionally, dark chocolate is high in antioxidants which can lower stress hormones in your brain. Another helpful food for reducing stress is avocado. Avocados are high in omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for minimizing stress and anxiety, while also improving your mood! 4. Migraines Lack of magnesium has been linked to migraines, which is a vitamin that you can get from eating delicious foods. We've already mentioned a few that contain high amounts of magnesium, like dark chocolate, avocados, and nuts. This just goes to show that real, non-processed foods can work wonders across the board. Yet, there are more foods that can help with those nagging headaches. Ginger is one food that is amazing for alleviating migraines (and your gut health). Another is spinach, along with most leafy green vegetables, which is very high in magnesium, even in small portions. Altogether, remember that food is a key to many things, but your health is most definitely one of them.

Food is medicine

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