Simple Truths: Food & Health – ‘the body knows’

by Anna Karam

As the owner of a health food store and an active student of Universal Medicine, I would like to respond to the recent articles regarding Serge Benhayon and the suggestions he is ‘leading a cult’ in which members are supposedly asked or forced to make drastic changes to their diets.

In all my years of studying nutrition, never have I seen a food philosophy that is so freeing and yet so loving and supportive to the body as that which Universal Medicine offers. It is a philosophy that allows one to feel for themselves a way to be with food that brings more harmony to the body. Call me crazy, but isn’t this something we all truly want?

Along with this, Universal Medicine simply presents and offers the potential harming affects that certain foods and beverages have on the body, most of which have already been proven by scientific studies and with many of these actively felt by each of us on a daily basis in the form of bloating, constipation, IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), eczema and lethargy – the list goes on.

The foods here on issue include:

Gluten: known to have a sluggish or slowing affect on digestion, as well as being one of the leading causes of inflammation to the gastrointestinal tract which precedes mal-absorption issues (as is the case with Coeliac disease and Gluten Intolerance). Both of these conditions are escalating amongst the young and old: each day I see more and more people come into our store suffering from a medically supported condition and wanting advice on gluten-free eating.

Dairy: known to congest the lymphatic system leading to numerous problems, from weight gain and fluid retention to cellular toxicity. Also, and much less known, the high levels of calcium found in dairy are not readily absorbed by the human body – here big business and misleading advertising have us fooled. More and more people are claiming how much lighter and more joyful they feel in their body after stopping the intake of dairy.

Alcohol: a known toxin and poison to the liver, the organ in our body that is responsible for the removal of the toxins we accumulate in our bodies (through our indulgent and excessive ways), bringing greater harmony within. It is crazy that we still need to speak about this, when in truth we can all feel that alcohol is not in any way supportive or loving for the body, yet it continues to be used and abused by a great many. And lastly,

Caffeine and Sugar: both affecting the nervous system through over-stimulation, which then works to deplete the endocrine system and contributes to an exhaustion greater than that which we were already experiencing prior to needing the caffeine and sugar – a mouthful yes it is: the nervous system feels it this way also.

So there you have it, simple facts based on various scientific and nutrition-based studies. They are also simple truths that one can easily feel through the body for themselves if they so choose. What Universal Medicine does is present these simple facts / truths. It never preaches them, it is simply an offering.

For myself I can say this: in working with my diet in this way, my body feels amazing. And not just here and there, but the majority of the time. I feel lighter, more energised, more vibrant, more sexy (dare I say it), and more brilliant then ever in my life since discovering Universal Medicine. And yes, I still get the occasional craving for sugar at the end of the day, but I deal with it. The point here is that the choice is my own, and not Universal Medicine’s.

In all my association with the philosophies in question, I have never heard anyone be told what foods to eat or not eat. What is offered simply to those who are seeking a more true and loving relationship with food is to feel for ourselves, by working with our own body and its responses to our dietary choices. This asks of us a level of honesty, commitment and responsibility to our bodies and to ourselves.

It is the simplicity of the body in action if we truly take the time to listen.

124 thoughts on “Simple Truths: Food & Health – ‘the body knows’

  1. There is the myth with a lot of things that a little bit of everything is ‘good’ for us. Including all that is mentioned here. I know I once thought that. But now when I have a little bit of something, that I don’t ordinarily, I can feel the difference instantly. Discerning everything we put into our bodies is not only wise but will ensure a level of vibrancy and wellbeing that a little bit of everything simply won’t deliver.

  2. Anna I agree our body is great at letting us know when we eat things that are difficult to digest or don’t actually support us, I have the experience of feeling bloated, getting mouth ulcers, or even feeling sick, especially when I have already clocked that a certain food is not supportive, yet I carry on eating it and my body firmly tells me it doesn’t want it. The one thing I have noticed is how much less food I actually need to eat.

  3. Food is part of a package we choose to relate with our own body. By and large food cements the way a body that is locked in a specific way, seeks more of it. Breaking away from it requires us to start somewhere. Food is a great start once we have established that food does more than help us to keep going. It helps us to keep going in a specific quality of being.

  4. Anna I love what you have shared: “It is the simplicity of the body in action if we truly take the time to listen.” So the question is: Will we give us this time to listen?

  5. In my experience of studying Natural Medicine, including nutrition modalities, anatomy and physiology and a vast array of dieting lifestyles etc., I have not ever come across a more supportive philosophy than that of The Way of The Livingness. You cannot get more loving than honouring and listening to your own body as to what foods support you best to live with greater vitality and well-being. The key is to develop a loving and honest relationship with your body, through which no-one else can tell you what feels true in your body. Through exploring this for myself I have re-discovered the greatest friend, guide and radar for truth not only with food but also with life in general, a guide that I now know was always with me from the day I was born.

  6. The body absolutely knows what nurtures it and allows it to flourish, mind body and soul. When we allow ourselves to be aware of the body we soon get to feel what supports this and what doesn’t. Then we discover that some of the food or drink that we think we love is not actually loved by the body. Us or the body? But who is this us if it goes against every cell of our body?

  7. Our relationship with food is such a big topic, we humans do 2 things that affects all our inner systems; we overeat, ( we indulge) and we comfort eat, which means we leave ourselves wide open to choose all the heavy, dulling and numbing foods which becomes an every day ingrained pattern until something shakes our world and we waken from our stupor, to make more loving choices around food.

  8. The more we make choices that are loving for us the stronger we are at deflecting the cravings that present themselves to trip us up and send us on a wild goose chase that amounts to nothing but more emptiness.

    1. So true Suse, the more connected I am to my essence the less food cravings and emptiness I feel and it is through consistently committing to connecting to myself that supports me to let go of any unloving choices. I find what I eat affects how I feel and I realise every choice I make affects my body.

  9. We are so used to being told what to do and what not to do which is held as an ideal of some kind. Being told to feel and discern for ourselves doesn’t happen very often and yes it is totally liberating and empowering, and inevitably calls for responsibility.

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