It makes so much sense: “you are what you eat.” Veterinarians know the irreplaceable link between nutrient intake and health. Actually, most of our pets eat better than most Americans. Your dog or cat probably eats a balanced formula of protein, carbohydrate, fat, fiber, vitamins and minerals. Mediterranean gardening is the most studied diet in the world and leads to better health according to a study published by Diet Review.
Yet, most humans chose our foods based upon taste, cost, emotional needs and convenience. The most commonly eaten food in America is heavily refined and nutritionally bankrupt white flour. Meanwhile, our livestock eat the more nutritious wheat germ and bran that we discard from whole wheat. When our crops are not doing well, we examine the soil for nutrients, fluid and pH content.
Our gardens prosper when we water, fertilize, and add a little broad spectrum mineral supplement. Many people do not fully understand the sign posted near the junk food vending machines in a major city zoo warns: “Do not feed this food to the animals or they may get sick and die.” Think about it. Do you think that the food that might kill a 400-pound ape is okay for a 40-pound child who is biologically very similar?
If our gardens, field crops, pets, exotic zoo creatures and every other form of life on earth are all heavily dependent on their diet for health, then what makes us think that humans have transcended this dependence? And it all starts with the food we eat, which is why many have turned to growing their own foods.
There are over 100 different diets that are studied and followed around the world. Paleo, keto, vegan, all raw, ayurvedic, fruitarian, etc. The best studied and most nourishing of all these diets is the Mediterranean diet, which has been followed by people in the southern Mediterranean region of Europe for many centuries.
The diet is plant based, with heavy emphasis on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, small amounts of chicken and fish, with rare samples of red meat and dairy. Garlic, tomatoes, red wine, naps, and hikes are an integral part of the lifestyle in Greece, Italy, southern France, etc. This diet has been shown in extensive scientific studies to dramatically lower the risk for heart disease, cancer, and all cause morbidity. The highly restrictive and immoderate diets mentioned above are probably not necessary and might be harmful, especially those people who avoid fruits and emphasize meat and fat.
1) All creatures on earth rely heavily of the quality and quantity of nutrient in take for their health and longevity.
2) Wear are facing a serious “healthcare Meltdown” in which our huge investment in a” drugs and surgery” has not rescued us from sickness and early death. We cannot buy health, we must earn it through a healthy lifestyle.
3) The majority of us are malnourished due to poor choices at the dinner table. Our quantity of food intake is enough, and maybe too much. However, our quality of choices is way off. We eat too much of the wrong stuff and not enough of the right stuff.
4) The body wants to be well. By nourishing the “life forces” within, you set the stage for wondrous miracles of health to occur. Nutrition, exercise, attitude, detoxification, body maintenance, and genetics are the greatest forces that influence our health.
First world countries have among the world’s highest incidences of heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, and obesity; we seem to ignore the irreplaceable link between eating whole foods and good health. The Surgeon General of the United States reports that up to·65% of all disease could be prevented through proper nutrition. There is a basic flaw in our thinking about health care in this country. We treat symptoms, not the underlying cause of the disease. Yet, the only way to provide long-lasting relief in any degenerative disease, like cancer, arthritis and heart disease, is to reverse the basic cause of the disease.
For example, let’s say that the first thing I do every morning when I arrive at-my office is to slam my thumb in the desk drawer. After the first few days, it really hurts. As I continue slamming my thumb each morning, the thumb turns black and blue. I go to the doctor for relief. Doctor A tells me: “I will give you a prescription for an anti inflammatory agent, cortisone, to reduce the swelling in your thumb.”
I want another opinion. Doctor B tells me: “I will give you a prescription for an analgesic drug, to help you better tolerates the pain.”
I still am not convinced that I have the right “answer, so I get a third opinion. Doctor C tells.. Me: “I am going to have to amputate that thumb, since it is obviously defective.” The real answer is “stop slamming your thumb in the desk drawer” or reverse the underlying problem and allow your natural healing forces to take over.
You might say that my little story has nothing to do with your health problem. Let’s say that Mrs. Jones is suffering from degenerative rheumatoid arthritis. Her knuckles, hips, and other joints are so swollen that they limit Mrs. Jones’s activities. In this case, she could reverse the disease by avoiding the allergenic foods of dairy and wheat, while also taking supplements of fish oil, zinc, pantothenic acid, and bee pollen.
Doctor A tells her: “I will give you a prescription for an anti-inflammatory agent, cortisone, to reduce the swelling in your joints.” Doctor B tells her: “I will give you a prescription for an analgesic drug, to help you better tolerate the pain. “Doctor tells her:” I am going to have to do hip replacement surgery because those joints are defective. “The correct answer is to change the underlying causes of the disease, or “stop slamming your thumb in the drawer”. Again, the Mediterranean Diet is the most studied diet with many proven health benefits has the potential to change the underlying causes of disease.
In our health care system, we usually shift symptoms with medication or surgery, as if in a bizarre “, shell game”, when we really need to deal with the fundamental cause of the disease. Nutrition, and in particular, super foods from the Mediterranean garden can help change the underlying cause of many health problems.
Most locations in the USA can grow a mediterranean kitchen garden, one of the most well known being rosemary. The freshest produce is the highest in nutrition. Think about adding some of these to your garden, indoors or out. Container planting is a possibility for apartment dwellers or the colder regions. Those living from Zone 10 through Zone 6 can plant outdoors.
Homegrown Mediterranean plants are delicious and hard to beat. Many Mediterranean vegetables can easily be grown outdoors from early spring through to late Fall. If you are fortunate enough to have an abundant harvest, think about investing in a dehydrator or canning equipment. And of course freezing is always an option. Nothing better in the cold of winter to enjoy your summer harvest.
Mediterranean dishes are famous for their generous use of herbs. Rosemary, oregano, chives parsley, sage and more are easy to grow indoors and out. Take cuttings and replant them. At the end of the season harvest and freeze. Also consider making infused oils and vinegars. Delicious and very healthy for you.
When growing remember companion planting. One of the many benefits is that it helps ward of pests, and you will be thankful for this in the heat of the summer when they come visiting.