Food, our first medicine?

What is the common point between diabetes, cardiovascular disorders, hypertension, osteoporosis, depression, overweight, burnout, stress, hypercholesterolemia or degenerative disorders? They are all directly related to the quality of the diet and the practice of regular physical activity. Indeed, without adequate food and sufficient solicitation of our cells, your body can not maintain its homeostasis.

” We are what we eat “

When you eat a fruit, you bite it with your teeth, you digest it with your saliva and your stomach, you assimilate it with your intestine. The nutrients then pass into your blood, then into your cells and finally exercise their roles, dictated by your genetic code that adapts itself to your environment. So to speak, the constituents of this apple are now an integral part of your cells.

The cellular machinery is beautifully effective: in all circumstances, it maintains its state of equilibrium, what is called its homeostasis. It’s a bit like having a super master for our house, able to keep it in perfect condition whatever happens: any broken device would be repaired or replaced, any aging room would be automatically renovated or rebuilt Everything would always be tidy and if, despite all these efforts, the house no longer fulfilled its role, we would be immediately relocated. Pretty nice as a prospect, no? This is what the cell does with the aggressions or the permanent disturbances to which it is exposed. She even goes so far as to schedule her own death in order to give way to a young functional cell. Everything is complicated when aggressive factors (environment, chemical molecules, oxidative stress, too much stress, etc.). ) become too important or when the cell does not have the nutrients essential for its proper functioning. Imagine how our master builder would react if he had breeze blocks delivered to him, or if he was asked to build walls without his team of workers. It would trap … This is what happens to the disease: the cell can no longer maintain its homeostasis, trade is disrupted and it can no longer play its role of defense. She is thus unaware of her environment, at the risk of anticipating the programming of her own death. Functional disorders then appear, namely alterations in the quality of life, or even biological disturbances, preamble to the expression of metabolic or degenerative pathologies.

In the face of social diseases, we have developed an allopathic medicine based on molecular biology. To be simple, in the face of cell dysfunction, research focuses on the molecule to be developed to restore optimal functioning (molecule that will of course be patented by pharmaceutical companies). The body will naturally react accordingly to adapt to this external disturbance: thus, the blocking of an enzymatic reaction certainly makes it possible to reduce the production of the molecule at the origin of the dysfunction, but is not devoid of side effects, especially blocking all other molecules produced downstream. Let’s take the example of statins to understand this concept: when you have too much LDL-cholesterol, it is common for you to prescribe a statin. The latter blocks an enzyme in the body, HMGCoA reductase, allowing the synthesis of endogenous cholesterol (which we recall, constitutes more than 80% of the value measured through a blood test): this blockage is at the origin of the least production by the body of another molecule, yet essential for its proper functioning, CoenzymeQ10. It then follows an increased risk of fatigue, associated with other consequences of taking this statin, including muscle pain or even destruction of muscle fibers (rhabdomyolysis). this blockage is at the origin of the less production by the body of another molecule, yet essential to its proper functioning, CoenzymeQ10. It then follows an increased risk of fatigue, associated with other consequences of taking this statin, including muscle pain or even destruction of muscle fibers (rhabdomyolysis). this blockage is at the origin of the less production by the body of another molecule, yet essential to its proper functioning, CoenzymeQ10. It then follows an increased risk of fatigue, associated with other consequences of taking this statin, including muscle pain or even destruction of muscle fibers (rhabdomyolysis).

Of course, medicine is becoming more and more accurate and efficient on a target organ or in the understanding of the human genome, which represents considerable advances in health, but it should not overshadow the individual as a whole and the impact of its environment. The allopathic approach is opposed to the holistic approach to health, which is the founding principle of life. In the same way that the so-called modern diet deviates dramatically from that for which our genetic capital has been programmed: in the space of 10,000 years, the human genome has evolved by less than 0.001%. However, our food model has been completely disrupted in a few decades: berries, vegetables, seeds and wild meat, we switched to soda, fast food, cereals, aspartame, prepared meals ,In other words, the dregs of most modern diseases in a society of food abundance: consumption has replaced food, in an environment where the taste pleasure artificially exacerbated outweighs the important content of the plate on health.

We are the main actors of our health. We have the power to choose what we want to put on our plate, the power to move more or to arrange moments of inner relaxation. Diet is our first medicine: it’s a wonderful opportunity to take care of our health!