We’ve heard it so many times that it’s become ingrained in us: food is medicine. But what does that mean, exactly? Chef and Nutrition Coach Mareya Ibrahim became fascinated with this topic after her 14-year-old came to her with a question: "how did they deal with disease thousands of years ago, before conventional medicine and antibiotics?"
Can you guess what she found? The answer was simple: nature!
Ancient civilizations became masters of using plants and herbs as their remedies. The use of spices and herbs with antimicrobial properties was necessary to ward off the threat of food-borne pathogens and life-threatening illnesses. In fact, the pharmaceuticals we use today are often derived from those medicinal plants (things like garlic, onions, turmeric, thyme, black seed, and more).