Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, once said, “Let thy food be thy medicine, and thy medicine be thy food”. In a day and age where the “SAD” (Standard American Diet) diet is eaten by most, it is of no surprise that many of us are in need of a complete diet overhaul. The food we put in our body serves as our fuel to nourish our cells, organs, organ systems, and our mind and spirit. When we do not provide our bodies the proper nourishment, illness and disease may result. Diseases such as type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, gastrointestinal disease, hormone imbalances, and even autoimmune diseases have been clinically linked with poor diet. Food intolerance and food allergy may also contribute to common disease patterns. Modifying your diet and optimizing digestion is often of top priority in the practice of Naturopathic medicine. Determining the proper proportion of foods in one’s diet can result in dramatic changes of their health.
Experiencing food cravings and/or aversions can often be symptoms of an unaddressed medical condition, rather than a self-perceived weakness or lack of strength. I have learned that once my patient’s experience how they can feel when eating the proper foods, maintaining the proper diet unique to their body’s needs becomes an easy choice to make.
Because food plays such an integral part in our lives, it is of no wonder why changing food habits can be so difficult. I believe it is my job as a Naturopathic Doctor to help, and guide, my patients to find the perfect medical diet that aligns with their own unique lifestyle and nutritional needs.