Hippocratic Nutrition - a historical diet, improved and customized by modern scientists

Hippocratic Nutrition - a historical diet, improved and customized by modern scientists

"Food is your medicine and your medicine is your food" says one of Hippocrates' most famous phrases, the "father" of medicine. However this sentence is known to us, the truth is that few of us have understood it in depth.

Certainly you can not cure cancer with radish ... But choosing the right diet can at least limit or even eliminate a number of factors responsible for very serious illnesses.

Industrialized foods, atmospheric pollution, electromagnetic waves and stress fill us with toxins, act as a poison and create chronic inflammation that in turn is the "fertilizer" for disease development. Generally speaking, Hippocratic Nutrition, like medicine without drugs, think that the cause of non-infectious diseases is the internal, chronic inflammation of the body due to the overconcentration of substances that the body can not break or recognize as food.

Trying to describe the Hippocratic Diet as simple as possible, we would say that it is an integrated nutritional system based on the principles of the great Greek doctor that our food can heal or even prevent diseases. Ann Wigmore was inspired by this perspective of nutrition and healing, and founded the Hippocratic Health Institute, based in the US, one of the first and most reliable holistic health centers.

In her book "The Hippocratic Diet with Health Recipes", she writes that this diet is rich in fresh vegetables, whole grains, fruits and vegetables. It also includes a host of over-nutritional foods such as sprouts, shoots, algae, chlorophyllus wheatgrass, fermented protein-rich foods and fresh juices.

Fortunately for us, in Greece, many of Ann Wigmore's books are published, as well as other writers' books that offer a comprehensive picture of what Hippocrates' Diet is.

Nikos Liapis, in his book Hippocratic Nutrition, refers to the benefits of this nutrition:
-Cleans the body from the toxins that the modern lifestyle loads it.
-Protects health from autoimmune and inflammatory diseases-which now have epidemic proportions-fighting their causes and not just the symptoms.
- Slimming, leading to rapid, healthy and permanent loss of unnecessary weight.
- Improves quality of life dramatically, combating allergies, headaches, gastrointestinal problems, sleep disorders and arthritic pain.
-Generates health, vitality, strength and well-being!

One of the most important elements of the Hippocratic Diet is that food is consumed raw. In this way, their active ingredients remain unchanged. Both cooking and processing food destroys 100% of their enzymes, while vitamins, minerals and proteins are destroyed to a lesser extent. This means that these foods have no nutritional value but only calories.

Who can follow the Hippocratic diet?

The Hippocratic Diet addresses everyone who wants to improve their health, prevent diseases and prolong their lives. For people, especially the elderly, who consider that the diet proposed is quite extreme, compared to their eating habits, Ann Wicker quotes transitional meals.

These transitional meals include some foods not used in the Hippocratic Diet, as well as slightly cooked food items. According to her, it is good for us to consume as much as possible of this diet - fresh sprouts, green leafy vegetables, fruit and vegetables, juices and fruits - adding transitional meals just for taste.


Detoxification - the firist step to the Hippocratic Diet

The initial phase of the Hippocratic Diet provides detoxification and is essential for the body's preparation for the next phase, which is empowerment. To beginners, Ann Wicker recommends taking more detoxification than tonic food.

Detoxifying foods eliminate the factors that undermine our health. Ann Wigmore proposes to stick to the detoxification program for two to three weeks, depending on how we feel. If after a few days you feel very busy, your body obviously detoxifies very quickly. In this case, you should slow down the detoxification by adding some transient foods to your diet. If you do not feel discomfort, beyond a slight dizziness or mild fatigue, continue the detoxification program for two to three weeks.

In this period, you will find that some days you fly and your energy levels are too high, while others you will hardly get your feet to get to work. As the toxins are released and excreted from the body, your energy starts to fluctuate to very high levels. However, as soon as the blood and the excretory organs get stuck, you feel tired again.


Instructions for Diet

Ann Wigmore provides basic guidelines for the diet, recommending us to try to take three meals a day. At breakfast you can drink apple or pear juice or any other seasonal fruit. You could also drink a "green" beverage from sprouts, green leafy vegetables and fruit and vegetables.

In the summer it is good to include watermelon juice and watermelon flesh. Between meals, it is recommended that you drink rejuvelac (fermented bean beverage) or fresh juices. Alternatively, you can eat raw vegetable sticks.


Try to include the following foods in your meals and snacks on a daily basis:

  • 2-5 servings of fresh fruit, preferably season. Limit the bananas and dried fruits (they are always consumed so that they are refreshed) in 2 times a week.
  • 6 or more cups of sprouts. Consume them in salads or soups, or stew them.
  • 2 or more green beverages consisting of 50% of sprouts and green leafy vegetables, and 50% of vegetables such as carrot, cucumber, celery, beetroot etc.
  • 250-500 ml rejuvenate 30-90 ml fresh grain juice. Grain juice juice has a diuretic and tonic effect, since it promotes the elimination of toxins by the kidneys. Chlorine in its high content of chlorophyll regenerates the blood and discharges the kidneys.
  • 2 tablespoons of seaweed a day. To measure the dried seaweed, cut into small pieces and put them in a spoon. To measure the seaweed powder, just add 2 slice of tablespoons to your dishes. If your doctor recommends avoiding seaweed because of its iodine content and thyroid stimulating effect, do not use it.
  • Make sure you have enough rest, take whatever fluids your body needs and exercise on a daily basis. The most preferred forms of exercise are gait and stretching.


Empowerment and maintenance

After detoxification it is recommended to ingest more foods with a high protein and calorie content. The combinations of sprouts, nuts and seeds, spiced dried fruits, avocados and bananas are digestible and nutritious. They make a sense of satiety, while covering both the caloric and protein needs of the body.

Ann Wigmore also recommends that you continue to receive three glasses of green drinks a day. Green beverages consist of vegetables, green leafy vegetables, sprouts and small amounts of grain juice, and are rich in minerals. For breakfast it is a wheat germ with nut milk, a fresh juice for lunch and a large salad and bread, and for evening fresh juice or soup or cauliflower roll with salad and bread.

If you are starving between meals, eat fresh fruit. Occasionally you can eat desserts from fruits, nuts, seeds and sprouts, so your menu will have a variety.

In order to get all the vitamins, enzymes, fibers, calories and amino acids your body needs to stimulate and maintain in optimal condition, follow these basic nutritional guidelines:

    • 2-5 servings of fresh fruit or spicy dried fruit daily.
    • 2 large salads a day. Include a variety of salads and sprouts.
    • 6 cups fresh sprouts, sunflower seeds, buckwheat, snake, lentils or other seeds. Add to another recipe or take them in a juicy form.
    • 100 - 200 gr. nutmeg, nutmeg or dry nut yoghurt (made from sprouts or soybeans or nuts). To be taken on a daily basis as an additional source of protein.
    • At least 1 cup of cereal germ on a daily basis, such as bread or salads.
    • 1 - 2 green beverages and 250 - 500 ml rejuvenation daily. Green drinks can also be used as a soup. Occasionally, green juices can be replaced with carrot juice or other vegetables. Fruit and citrus juices should be taken less frequently.
    • Add seaweed to your dishes 1-2 times a day (2 tablespoons a day) unless your doctor forbids it.
    • Drink 30 - 90 ml of fresh wheatgrass juice on a daily basis.
    • 3 to 4 times a week you consume avocado, stuffed nuts or dried fruits, nuts and honey for extra calories.

Since each meal includes a combination of various foods, you can eat as much as you like until you feel full. If you are hungry between meals, drink refreshment, vegetable juice, or salad, or eat as fresh fruit or vegetable snacks.

If you eat three meals a day consisting of enhancing / maintenance foods, you will easily maintain your desired weight. If you want to lose weight, you consume more low calorie foods, sprouts and juices, and you get less sweets and tonic foods. If you are not one of those who want to lose weight, you can consume more foods of high calorific value, such as cereal grains, seeds, nuts, dried fruits, avocados and bananas.



Hippocrate's Diet, Ann Wigmore (Dioptra publications) 

Be the doctor of yourself, Ann Wigmore (Dioptra publications)

Hippocratic Nutrition, Nikos Liapis (Iviskos publications)


Aggeliki Koskeridou

Holistic Doctor – Counseling Psychotherapist

Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine

MSc c. Health Psychology


insta: dr_aggelikikoskeridou_official 

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