by Despina Dimotsi - Journalist, Columnist, Writer, fond of Ancient Greek Literature, history and philosophy
«Healthy mind in healthy body» said the ancient Greeks and through a sentence they cover their whole philosophy of the Mediterranean diet and health. Nowadays, however, when we want to follow this, it is very difficult because the food is synonymous to mutant and genetically modified foods and because of the disruption of freshwater balance, sour, salty and bitter.
Over Hippocrates has been based throughout modern medicine since the days when laboratory viruses and mutated disease had not made their appearance. When the balance of sweet, sour, salty and bitter disturbed in our body, then the problems begin. This is the basic and logical principle that everyone should be taught from the first years in school, but it unfortunately does not. Thus we enter through television and advertisements in the world where we eat whatever they serve us without knowing why. In an era when multinational control our food is of course synonymous to control and mind and us as human beings. So control of what would become ill in the future and that – although of course – become well.
But there are other information on diet from ancient times and should be of concern to us. The ancient Greeks were not eating all the food we eat nowadays at least not as many as today. Of course, the evolution always brings changes, but with the few to control the global food must always ask ourselves whether all the changes to which we ourselves are part have to consider and correct. For example, in ancient Greece did not eat wheat – containing gluten – but Zeia, another substance that was healthy for the body and which in days – not at all surprising – it is not easy to be found (it is banned) only in a few areas or seeds. Gluten said glues nerve endings and leaves the brain to think freely create, unlike Zeia is rich in magnesium and helps humans think. Another substance having a specific grain is the lysine amino acid which strengthens the immune system and has little gluten. Olive oils also is honoured today, fortunately for us, because it has many benefits. Concerning meat consumption was minimal and only when the person was healthy.
And the Pythagorean diet based on the Hippocratic except in meat consumption, which for Pythagoras, was prohibited at all. In ancient times great consumption had an orange fruit, the Ippofaes containing vitamins and 192 are all absorbable by the body. In his campaigns, Alexander the Great observed that the sick and injured horses healed by eating the leaves and fruit of the plant and began to polish their hair from this observation was the name of the (horse – faos = horse polishes) . So they began to use it and the soldiers with him to be more potent in the campaigns. The Ippofaes is mentioned by Theophrastus, a pupil of Aristotle, but mainly from the Anazarbus Dioscorides father of pharmacy. References to Ippofaes exist in Tibetan and Chinese medicine. Since 1929, when first performed biochemical analysis of the plant’s fruit, the knowledge of the medicinal properties of the plant are increasing. Plus there documented knowledge (Germany, Russia, Canada, China, Finland, England, Sweden, etc.) for the sea Ippofaes and have devoted so five conferences. The plant oil obtained from the fruit by the process of pressing, without chemical or other additives.
Reading all the ingredients in whatever package we buy, we have gathered enough information about whether you should avoid or not a product. So it is good to be informed about the country of origin, the time of the product and the processing it has undergone. So we are sure that we know what we eat because as he and Hippocrates’ your medicine is your food. »
Published in the newspaper «Green Shield» Cyprus – Issue May 2016
Article by Despina Dimotsi - Journalist, Columnist, Writer, fond of Ancient Greek Literature, history and philosophy.