Diet & Nutrition
We all have a genetic blue print that tells the body what to build but the quality of the building material is dependant on the foods we eat. To build a quality building one uses the best material and so it is with a healthy body. If the body is deficient in some of the building materials then it cannot function optimally and over time starts to break down. Replacing the base nutrients can be a key component in restoring health.
When we talk about diet, we are refering to a way of eating that creates optimal health not a way of starving just to lose a couple pounds.
Did you know that there are many therapeutic diets and there is no one size fits all approach. With our expertise as Naturopathic doctors we know how to decide what way of eating will be most appropriate for you. For example if you are very acidic and inflammed in your body we would prescribe an alkalizing diet or antiinflammatory diet. If we have diagnosed an overgrowth of yeast or other organisms in your digestive tract we would prescribe a healthy version of a anticandida diet or antiparasitic diet. If you are struggling with diabetes or blood sugar control we will focus on a low carbohydrate diet. If you have excess liver heat(as diagnosed through Chinese Medicine) we would prescribe more raw foods. These are just a few examples of what we would be assessing and tailoring your diet around.
When we speak of nutrition we are referring to all the necessary building blocks that make up our body. To list the main known components we are looking for; Proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. There is obviously something more that gives life than just nutritional assays as seen when we plant a roasted almond and a fresh almond. When we water both and give it the right soil to grow, overtime the fresh one grows and the roasted one rots.
The hope is that our diet provides us with all of our nutritional needs. The unfortunate fact is that in our modern world with modern farming and processing practices we have depleted many of the nutritional components that our forefathers enjoyed when they ate. For your average healthy person they can still find appropriate nutritional content in a balnced diet. For anyone suffering from an illness it is safe to say there are some nutritional imbalances.
We address this complex issue by assessing your needs and recommending certain dietary corrections as well as prescribing supplements that may replenish any deficiencies that have been created.