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Food as Medicine

06-13-2019

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The idea of food as medicine is one that seems to be instinctual to everyone who consumes food. We all know the difference between what is healthy for us and what is unhealthy, what makes us feel our best and what slows us down. We know this, and yet we are often careless when it comes to making the right choices. The Standard American Diet (SAD) is sad for a reason. We eat what is convenient over what takes times. These habits have been ingrained within us and progressed in severity over the course of generations.

At least that is how it used to be. On the other side of this doom and gloom are those who want something better for themselves. They want the natural God-given healing that comes with eating healthy, wholesome foods.

​Food has the potential to help us by maintaining our health, preventing disease, allowing the body to function at its best, and providing information to our cells and systems. With food we have the power to create our own health outcomes. Everything we eat is able to help us or to harm us and it is this ongoing truth that makes our food a "lifestyle medicine."

When we are proactive by consuming much needed nutrients we are able to:

  1. Decrease and control inflammation

  2. Balance hormones

  3. Alkalize the body

  4. Balance blood glucose levels

  5. Detoxify the body

  6. Improve absorption of nutrients

At Ralston Family Farms we are delighted to offer healthy whole-grains that benefit this thoughtful mindset.

Our specialty whole-grain Red Rice gets its rich color from a natural plant compound and antioxidant called proanthocyanidin, which is also found in dark chocolate, and contains more antioxidants than a typical whole-grain brown rice.

Our Purple Rice gets its unique color from a natural plant compound called anthocyanin, which is also found in blueberries. This all-natural grain has a beautifully strong aroma and exceptional nutrition.

If you would like the benefit of both the Red and Purple, try our Nature's Blend which is a natural cross pollination of the Red, Purple, and Brown, offering a the best of all three varieties.

As always, all of our rices are grown, harvested, milled and packaged at Ralston Family Farms.

Sources:

https://www.takingcharge.csh.umn.edu/food-medicine

https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/01/17/509520895/food-as-medicine-it-s-not-just-a-fringe-idea-anymore

https://draxe.com/food-is-medicine/