”What we eat creates the material to build our cells. Eventually, we are what we eat. When we eat certain foods we will achieve a body that nature designed to be disease-resistant. When we don’t or when we eat the wrong foods, we may create a body that is disease-prone. The foods we eat supply us with much more than fuel. They provide the raw materials that make up our organs, including the brain. Critical nutrients make neurotransmitters and brain-cell receptors that govern how we think. Our diet supplies us with the raw materials to manufacture every cell comprising our body. These cells, to function at a high level, we need thousands of different chemical compounds that combine in an amazing fashion to make the most miraculous machine ever created. When a few of these necessary compounds are missing, we usually can still survive, the human organism is resilient and adaptable, but without all the necessary components the body loses its powerful potential for wellness. As a result, chronic diseases develop.
Eating right won’t simply prevent disease, it will help you live life to its fullest. Eating right will enable you to feel great every day, without stomachache, headaches, indigestion, constipation, or runny nose. The right nutrition can assure that we wake up fully energized and have boundless energy, perform at our best, and maintain our youthful vigor as we age gracefully. Eating healthfully can maintain your excellent health for a lifetime.
Though many think that disease is the result of genetics or bad fortune, the reality is that for the vast majority, we will get what we have earned. Our body is formed from the foods we have consumed in our life. A body made from refined foods, white flour, oils, sugar and other highly processed fake food develops into a sickly human, with allergies and autoimmune disease, such as colitis, psoriasis, lupus, and asthma, who suffer from indigestion, reflux, headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, fibroids, tumors, and fatigue in early adulthood. Junk food isn’t cheap, we pay a steep price for it years after consuming it.
Health is normal! The human body is a self-repairing, self-defending, and self-healing marvel. Disease is relatively difficult to induce, considering the body’s powerful immune system.
The chronic diseases commonly associated with aging – hypertension, coronary artery disease, Type II diabetes, degenerative joint disease, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, as well as most cancers – are not the inevitable outcome of the aging process, they are born out of the wrong food choices earlier in life!
The above excerpt is from the book by Joel Fuhrman, M.D. Disease-proof your child. Very highly recommended to anyone who wants to make conscious choices for their children to grow up healthy and disease-free or just simply is interested in nutrition in general!