Since the dawn of the 1960s, the notorious label “hippie” was slapped on to anyone who hugged trees or wore flowers in their hair; unfortunately, this has led to a negative outlook today on the way we live life revolving around Mother Earth. People tend to throw the term “hippie” around loosely and have used this to describe those who want to have a closer connection to their food, community and natural world, most likely by people who do not understand the importance for such things.
The more engulfed society becomes in technological advances, the farther away it falls from nature. As a species, it seems we have developed a mistrust of the very source that has birthed our bodies into existence. Sure, we spend nine months growing within our mother’s womb but when you break down the components of our bodies, we are made from the very same basic elements of life that can be found outside, in our very own backyards. We are no different from any other species that lives, breathes and eats on this planet, yet we act vastly different.
One living example, namely modern medicine, claims to have all of the answers we seek revolving around our health needs, yet chronic diseases continue to grow and thrive within the human condition. Doctors are quick to push drugs onto their patients (aka “customers”), due to the increasing ignorance that our diet may drastically alter the future of our health.
In most cases, however, these drugs are solely the product of what scientists have created in a lab, involving chemicals and synthetic substances most could not begin to pronounce, in place of utilising fresh plants and herbs from the ground. People prescribed many of these “miracle drugs” tend to experience numerous other side effects and are prescribed more pills to help alleviate the symptoms from the first set of prescriptions. And the cycle goes ’round and ’round.
Would we even need the thousands of pharmaceutical drugs if we knew the little tidbits of truth about how the very foods and substances we put into our mouths affect our bodies? It’s obvious that hospitals, drug companies and medical practices in general would at least lose billions of dollars and perhaps completely die, if people started looking for the answers elsewhere.
The basic components for a healthy body all stem from the correct diet that nature intended. Misinformation about the specifics of a proper diet travels the world daily but what can be agreed on is that we are meant to eat whole, non-processed or minimally processed foods that still contain all of the nutrients and flavor that Mother Nature intended. Not only does nature provide peace, love and harmony, it also provides nourishment, health and well being (without as many side effects).
Next time you find yourself with a headache or low-grade fever, take some time to give nature a chance and find out if sipping on some delicious kava tea or drinking fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice could help alleviate your symptoms, without any synthetic medications.
(In the midst of a true medical emergency or any major health issues, it is still a wise choice to call a doctor or go to the emergency room. Please, use your best judgment.)