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Let food be thy medicine

Let food be thy medicine

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine thy food”.

– Hippocrates

This quote by Hippocrates, the founder of Western medicine, shows the importance of good nutrition. The human being is getting sicker and sicker. In recent decades, diseases of affluence have increased. Mostly caused by an unhealthy lifestyle, such as stress, smoking, eating too much, lack of exercise and eating processed foods. Vivian Meijer writes that 70% of all diseases of affluence can be prevented by a healthy lifestyle.

For years, lifestyle expert Richard de Leth has been committed to help us become healthier and more vital.  As he says on his website: “People today are getting weaker, heavier, over-pricked and sicker. An unhealthy lifestyle is the main cause of death today“.
Should we only focus on healthier food? Absolutely not. A healthy lifestyle also includes exercise, the right mindset and sufficient sleep and relaxation.


There is already a movement going on that is committed to tackling the cause of the disease, rather than symptom management with medicines. This movement swears by an approach related to changes in lifestyle and diet to pursue a more vital life.

General practitioner Tamara de Weijer writes: “Every day I see 30 patients, at least half of whom have lifestyle-related problems such as exercise, nutrition, sleep, stress and smoking. The expectation is that this number will only increase. It is even predicted that 62% of the Dutch population will be overweight or obese by 2040. This means that a healthy weight in the short term is exceptional and overweight ‘normal’”,

Tamara is committed to make the Dutch people healthier. As she writes on her website: “In my practice patients have the choice wherever possible between injecting and exercising, operating and relaxing, swallowing or sleeping or pills and peppers”.

Step by step

Do you want to take the first steps towards a healthier eating pattern? Focus on a diet in which unprocessed food plays the main role. Eat vegetables, fruit, legumes, nuts, seeds, healthy fats and whole grains.