20 August 2016
“Listen to your body and what’s good for you. I only eat when I’m hungry, taking my time, because stress affects digestion and you have to enjoy the food and its essence”. This phrase of Ras Ibi, professor in the art of natural healing and acupuncture, summarizes the principles of the Ital diet and the Rastafarian life style. “What is good for nature and life, is good for us. We are vegetarians or vegans by nature”, he clarified.
He has given a lecture this afternoon as part of the Rasta Seminar of the Reggae University entitled “Food as Medicine – Rastafari Ital Diet and Holistic Approach” in which he has named the details of this diet based on the consumption of natural products, as well as the beneficial properties of a large number of fruits, vegetables, roots, herbal teas or spices. Moreover, he has released some tips for cleansing not only the body but the mind and spirit. “Regenerate your body and find the balance.”
The papaya relaxes the muscles, alleviates stomach pain and is good for combating gases besides constipation. Fresh ginger is also a great ally for digestive problems and headaches, although its effects on the body vary depend on the type of ginger you take (fresh, dried or cooked). Strawberries are good for the liver and olives for pregnancy. To the list of healthy products cited by Ras Ibi he added the cinnamon, cardamom, tomatoes, watermelon, moringa or herbs or infusions such as the tea, which provide “physical and mental help”.
And he concluded, “In the end there are two options: we can live to eat or eat to live“. The final message was “To prevent certain diseases, you have to change your eating habits”.