It is interesting to note that the Ṭibb concept of qualities of foods can also be interpreted to the food groups that we are familiar with i.e. proteins, fats, carbohydrates and minerals as indicated below:
It is generally thought that the Mediterranean diet is a healthy diet. This is because it includes foods such as olive oil, garlic and fresh ingredients with a dominant heating quality. The typical western diet of salads, proteins and dry foods fall in the cold moist and cold and dry categories. According to Tibb, many chronic illness conditions are the result of an accumulation of toxins resulting from poor digestion and metabolism due to the excess consumption of ‘cold’ foods. Including heating foods in your diet would benefit you by:
Another important thing to remember when it comes to eating healthy is getting enough water. To maintain the 70% water of the human body, it is essential to drink enough water every day. Water plays a vital role in metabolism, digestion, the circulatory system, and in the elimination of waste products.
The human body can effectively deal with excess water, but not with inadequate amounts. Certain conditions or illnesses such as kidney stones, dry skin and dehydration all result from inadequate water intake. Sufficient water helps reduce blood pressure, high levels of cholesterol and uric acid and glucose.