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What's Better Than Elderberry?

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I'm sure you have caught wind at least in part of the wonderful powers of Elderberry, particularly of it's support of the immune system.  While it's a potent, amazing source of nourishment, the kind the body craves to nourish itself with, there is something even greater one should take in if they truly want a healthy body.

In truth, the body and each of it's individual cells, is literally BUILT on the food that we bring into the body.  While a large majority of people seem to follow a conventionally accepted commercial and processed diet out of misunderstanding, avoidance, emotion, conventional beliefs, misguided direction, or any other reason, it still amazes me that while food is known to be healing, the amazing risks, schemes, and finances we are willing to expend in order to demand health AFTER poor food decision making is frightening! 

More and more people each year are diagnosed with nutritionally related illnesses, or those that could be altered, moderated, or prevented altogether with proper nourishment.. Besides that insidious problem, obesity is rising at an alarming rate, particularly among the youngest population.

With more and more confusion being thrown our way through fad diets, “expert” philosophy and the latest and greatest medical breakthroughs, it’s easy to get a skewed conceptual construct when it comes to the ease with which our diet should be. Add to that the fact that there is more mistrust with conventional practices and alternative practices alike, more bias, and less trust with our lawmakers, our manufacturers, and our governing agencies, with who and what we should believe than ever before. 

Every year, a new "superfood" is discovered to boost immunity and be the ultimate cure-all.  The blueberry, the acai, now, elderberry.

All of these factors have caused us to develop an even weaker understanding of the healing power of food itself. Healing with food is FREE! What we put into our bodies INEVITABLY has to make a difference to our health or the lack thereof. Consuming appropriate, nutrient rich foods and eating them well HAS to, therefore, make positive change one way or another. We search the internet for the magical foods that reduce blood pressure, make us skinny, cure diabetes. Infographics proclaim the benefits of eating blueberries and acai. For a time, we gobble them up and when they don’t produce instant benefits, we give up and go back to the Cheetos. 

Here is the thing: there are hundreds of foods that will assist the body’s healing, that will reduce the symptoms of depression, or of chronic heart disease, or of skin conditions. HOWEVER, the FOOD is not a magic bullet. A FOOD is the necessary FUEL for the body to do what it already knows to do. It’s already innately PROGRAMMED to do it. A diesel engine already KNOWS how to run and what to do, now all it needs is DIESEL FUEL. The “blueberry”, “acai juice”, or “magic secret food discovered in the heart of Africa” is simply the FUEL to allow the programming to happen. The problem is that we have the concept and belief that something on the OUTSIDE needs to come in and TAKE OVER to MAKE the body healthy. We JUST NEED TO GIVE IT THE FUEL IT NEEDS, and that includes eating the healthy variety of fresh foods, unadulterated, unprocessed or minimally processed, CONSISTENTLY EVERY DAY. 

Healing INEVITABLY has to happen when the body is allowed to do what it knows to do. This is why “eating blueberries to heal cancer” will never work, because you haven’t fully embraced or understand the idea of fueling a functioning system as a PRACTICE, a LIFESTYLE, not as an addition to an already poor diet and a poor relationship to the food that makes up that diet, which is what really needs to change. If you keep the idea that the blueberries are the “healer”, while you continue to eat your burger and fries with large soda, you’ve really only stayed consistent with the mentality that the “pill” will heal your problem, rather than a complete understanding that it takes ALWAYS fueling the diesel engine with diesel fuel EVERY TIME you fill up the tank, not just adding a cleaning substance every once in a while.

DrFoodie has pathways to help you nourish your body in the way that works for you.  Check them out and see which is right for you!

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