Let Food be Thy Medicine and Medicine be Thy Food in the 21st Century and Beyond
Department of Independent Researcher, Independent Researcher, Zambia
*Corresponding Author: Sophonie Ndahayo, Department of Independent
Researcher, Independent Researcher, Zambia.
October 31, 2022; Published: November 23, 2022
Healthy nutrition is one of the most effective and cost- effective ways to prevent and control the burden of many diet-related diseases and their associated risk factors, such as overweight and obesity pandemics, diabetes type 2, high blood pressure and some types of cancers. Recently, Covid 19 pandemic degraded the public health problems of the world and killed a good number of people of all ages and social economic status. Despite the knowledge of an old adage “let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food,” some people do not believe that a healthy diet can be used to prevent, control or treat some diseases such as Covid 19 that has overwhelmed health and allied professions services to date. However, some studies support the saying that food can be medicinal. This review identifies some empirical studies that proved effective healthy plant-based diets or interventions in the prevention and control of diseases including Covid 19 pandemic, skin diseases, and non-communicable diseases just to name a few examples.
Keywords: Food; Health; Medicine; Diseases; Prevention
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