Old wisdom: food as medicine

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Jonathan Hanson’s excellent book, Complete Sea Kayak Touring (Ragged Mountain Press, 1998) includes a valuable chapter on provisioning your kayak with nutritious, high-energy food.

However, for overall health, vigor and injury prevention, it’s even more important for paddlers to be diligent about their everyday diet. Twenty four hundred years ago, Hippocrates, the “Father of Medicine,” wrote, “Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food.”

What was valid then is even truer today with the typical North American diet high in processed and fast foods full of sugars and trans fatty acids that contaminate our bodies with anarchist-sounding rogues named “free radicals.” These are the leading villains in the aging process and a major cause of tissue injury in kayakers and canoeists.

Read the complete article: Old Wisdom

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