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I've been pondering food in relation to health recently, and thought I'd share some of that with you. This is far from a simple subject, though it should be simple...

We all think of eating "good" food as what we should be doing, and isn't that what we are doing? Well I've been working my way through a book called "In defense of food" by Michael Pollan, and according to it most of us probably do not. It basically comes down to this... the more a food item has been messed with (by the food industry), the worse it is as food for us. So food should be more natural and more from the earth. And the more micro-nutrients and minerals in the earth the food is grown from, the more makes it into the food item we eat.

And this fact would explains the difference between organic and non-organic foods... ones grown on soils more rich in micro-nutrients and minerals, and ones grown on soils more depleted of micro-nutrients and minerals. It would seem that this isn't really a BIG deal at all, but it is. If you know anything about chemistry, and food is chemical compounds to the body, then you know about limiting reagents in a reaction. (Limiting reagents determine how much of a reaction can actually occur, or how fast the reaction can occur, etc.) Micro-nutrients are important to many body processes, including ones we aren't even aware of at this point in time since we really are only scratching the surface on what we understand about how the body works. So if we don't really understand how the body works, how do we know these micro-nutrients and minerals are important? As we work through different disease processes and learn more about them, we end up discovering about our nutrition and different parts that are missing (including those pesky micro-nutrients and minerals).

So organic food is better than non-organic we can safely say. Locally grown food is better too... because it is fresh. Organic food from the local supermarket (unless it is local as well), may come from across the globe. Food is not sent via FedEx overnight, so it is safe to say that it has taken some time to get to your area, and then more time to get into the store, and a bit more time to get on the shelves for you. During this process of delivery the food is slowly spoiling a little bit at a time. Purchasing locally grown food however means it was picked very recently, and has spent less time traveling to you, and is more fresh. In addition, you are supporting your local farming community which does a few things; keeps your money in the local economy, supports a healthy local food chain which you directly benefit from, and supports a sustainable food system.

Michael suggests to "Eat Food. Not too much. Mostly plants." The food he talks about is REAL food from the earth... untainted fruits, vegetables, nuts/seeds, grains/cereals, meats/dairy. Real food tends to satisfy our hunger/appetite better than processed/enriched/enhanced foods, and so we can generally eat less to satisfy our needs. (Do you remember what size a burger was back in the 1970's? Or how big a large drink was at that time? How did the American portion size get so much bigger since then? Bigger is not always better.) Mostly plants points to the fact that plants give us many things that meat can not, which are important for the health and nutrition of our bodies. Michael wrote a book to elaborate on these three points, so I'll let you read his account of it.

But thinking about Real Food and how that can generate Real Health, I quickly come to the conclusion that it is a many-faceted issue. Not only in the process of choosing food to eat, and the time to prepare it, but also in the purchasing of it and the industry that surrounds it. Each time we buy something, each dollar we pay for that is a vote that says, "I support this and the chain of processes and events that lead up to this item being produced." It is hard to think that for each "regular" ear of corn we buy, we are supporting the large monoculture farms, the unsustainable practices used therein, the large corporations that are genetically changing the crops and supplying the chemical fertilizers and pesticides (which enter and foul our ground water supply) to grow those crops. We all want cheap good food, but there isn't any such thing anymore, unless it is at your local farm stand that has a bounty of some crop at the peak of season. So we need a change in priorities when it comes to food, where we support sustainable healthy practices that produce more nutritious foods, though generally less of it. Cheap plentiful, non-nutritious food we currently have... and it is one of the reasons for all the health concerns we experience in America.

So as you can see, it is far from simple. To generate real health, we need real good food. To generate real good food we need a sustainable healthy system to produce it. To generate a sustainable healthy food production system we need to buck the trend and realize that we vote for each system we spend money on.

I wish it were even this simple, but the more you look into it, the deeper the rabbit hole goes. So now one needs to spend time reading, researching, and thinking about food when it is hard to squeak out a few minutes each day to do the things we "want to do" rather than "have to do." But this time is well invested because what you are investing that time into is your health, the health of your children (if you have any), their children, and really of human-kind. If enough of us decide to change, and create that change, we can create better health for everyone... but it all starts with you and your choice to make a change for yourself. Aren't you worth it?

Cheers,

Mark Pearlscott LMP, BCSI, KMI
Licensed Massage Practitioner (License MA00012592)
Board Certified Structural Integrator
Kinesis Myofascial Integration
Treatment Massage - Seattle Massage Therapy and Structural Integration for Better Alignment, Injury Rehabilitation/Treatment, and Pain Relief
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Seattle, WA 98105
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All material copyright 1999 - 2017
by Mark Pearlscott and Treatment Massage.

Treatment Massage - The Injury and Pain Relief Clinic
4500 9th Avenue NE, Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98105
All material copyright 1999 - 2017
by Mark Pearlscott and Treatment Massage.

Treatment Massage - The Injury and Pain Relief Clinic
4500 9th Avenue NE, Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98105