The importance of holistic nutrition and herbs

In recent years, we have been increasingly interested in researching the importance of proper nutrition and the impact it has on our health and our daily lives.
More than 2000 years ago Hippocrates said: ” Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.“.
The importance of nutrition is now a proven fact. The motto “we eat what we are” is not only related to our body weight but also to the impact of food on our health as a preventive measure for various health problems such as obesity, heart disease, cholesterol, diabetes, but also certain types of cancer.
Poor health, as it is frequently manifested in recent decades, is linked to a Western-style diet high in fat, red meat, salt, sugar, cold cuts, pasta, dairy, excessive sugar consumption. Yes, holistic health is impossible without the basis of a healthy diet!
That is why I emphasize on the benefits of Holistic Nutrition as a means of prevention or treatment of various conditions of our body. Choose unprocessed, real food (as close to its natural state as possible) in balance and variety to maximize or restore health and vitality.

The basic rules to apply holistic nutrition in our daily life are:Prepare our food ourselves, in order to know exactly what our diet consists of.

  • Enjoy small, frequent meals during the day every 2.5-3 hours to regulate your blood sugar levels.
  • Avoid processed foods as they contain preservatives, hidden sugar and salt and various coloring substances.
  • Eat fruits and vegetables in their raw state or boiled, instead of juices.
  • Choose seasonal vegetables and fruits.
  • We definitely need to eat pulses once or twice during the week, even as a salad, and always served with seasonal vegetables.
  • Avoid red meat as much as possible.
  • Prefer whole grain products. Not only do they help proper intestine function, but cereal husks contain vitamins and trace elements.
  • Eat fish 2 times a week, preferably small sized ones, avoiding large fish (salmon or swordfish) as they contain large amounts of heavy metals.
  • Add eggs in your daily nutrition as they are a good source of protein, iron and vitamins.
  • Avoid white sugar as it gives us calories we don’t need. Replace it with honey, brown sugar, or coconut sugar.
  • Avoid fresh milk! Adults don’t need it at all, only babies need to drink milk!
  • Add foods with good fat in your diet every day, such as olive oil, avocado, olives, nuts.
  • Avoid “light” products, choosing whole dairy foods, yogurt and cheese. Your best options are goat or sheep produce.

Through my holistic approach to nutrition, I could not neglect mentioning that health starts from, and in NATURE!
In the Greek flora, one finds thousands of healing herbs that mother nature has endowed with components that are distributed in such a way that they “strike” many diseases at their root. Make sure to always follow recommended use and dosage by specialists, combined with a balanced diet rich in nutrients.
After all, herbs are nature’s “medicines”!
So, in conclusion, holistic nutrition is a means of prevention as well as a shield for both our mental and physical health.
It is never too late to start adopting a new nutritional behavior, a new nutritional journey that will improve the quality of our life, health and everyday routine in many ways!

Elpida Koufou MSc
Clinical Dietitian – Nutritionist
MSc “Neoplastic Disease in Man”
Athens Medical School

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