Hippocrates — ‘Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.’
Food has the power to cause disease, and the power to reverse it. Functional Nutrition addresses the way food affects our body on the cellular level in terms of energy, information; connection and medicine
The food we ingest is transformed through our digestive process into a usable form of energy to fuel our tissues. Packages of macronutrients from our diet contribute to cellular energy production and drive healthy tissue function. High quality food ensures that we retrieve fuel from it more effectively with less damage to other tissues. We are what we eat; and the energy we produce.
Food based messengers communicate with our cells and influence our genetic expression as well as our response to our environment.
Nutrient-dense food can be viewed as premium information messengers to our cells, which significantly improve our physiological resilience to infections, tissue damage, pollution and stress, unlike nutrient-poor food.
Food also serves as a connection to family, community and traditions. The preparation of a communal meal along with the joy of sharing and taking part in the feast with friends and family, builds a stronger connection and community bond. As we enjoy our food, we can give thanks to all those involved in making food available to us, e.g. Farmers, elements of nature, and all those who contribute in the handling of our food source. Even more so than preparing foods so easily available to us at the local shop, experiment with growing some of your favourite ingredients and experience the freshness and deeper connection to your own home-grown food.
Food is information and we are informing our genes with every meal. The accumulative action of this information either becomes medicine or poison. For example, different types of food have distinct effect on our detoxification pathway, metabolic balance and inflammatory cascade. Making a shift to an appropriate diet according to your personal needs can have a significant impact on your health, give you more energy, better vitality and allow you to do the things in life that you want to be doing.
“The doctor of the future will give no medication, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.”