I am sure you have asked yourself this very question. During my many years in practice, as a Naturopathic Doctor, this is the most frequently asked question. My goal is to bring enlightenment to people so that they can make wise decisions. The media via television, newspapers, magazines and the Internet inundates us with the latest experts’ opinions on what we should consume. We have heard about non-fat diets, low-carb diets, and high protein diets and are left wondering which expert is right. We have tried going on complex carbohydrate regimes or high protein diets. We have tried consuming vitamins.
The food consumed today is pretty much recreational; there is very little nutritional value that is why vitamins have gained so much popularity. One of the reasons natural supplements are needed today is based on the fact that our food no longer contains nutrients. Also due to time and convenience people eat on the run. This makes the need for natural supplements greater. In many years of practice I have found it is sometimes better to give a natural supplement and let a person continue to eat the way they are accustomed to. I find it important to work with the individuals’ lifestyle. Changing a person’s way of life is sometimes far too difficult for that person.
What we perhaps have forgotten in the search for health is getting back to pure whole food. That means food grown in rich soil and not processed in any form. Over 100 years ago people ate whole unprocessed foods. The soil was alive providing foods rich in vitamins and essential minerals. The Creator designed food to maintain and run our bodies effectively. A good example of how maintenance should occur is by using your automobile as an example. To effectively run your automobile you would give it the correct fuel to ensure its performance. You would make sure that it had the correct gas and oil. You would not put in sugar or anything else that would clog the engine and cause it to eventually break down. Yet, every day we start our bodies’ engine without proper fuel and expect it to function to its highest capabilities.
There is no doubt that American food technology is largely responsible for a mass diet insufficient in optimum whole food. Due to economics and distribution the food industry has processed the natural nutrients out of foods. Even food grown in soil is chemically treated. Since the 19th century the technology of canning and milling foods has led to processed foods making up the greater portion of the American diet.
In 1940 processed foods represented only 10% of the American diet. By 1970 it consisted of 50% of the American diet. By the year 2013 processed foods represent over 75% of the American diet. Due to reasons of budget and convenience Americans choose processed chemically altered foods. Unfortunately this results in dietary shortages and disease. Leading to very expensive medical and hospital bills. Third world countries have less heart disease and cancer then the United States due to less consumption of processed chemically altered foods, they consume more whole foods.
When our food is hydrogenated, homogenized, refined, microwaved, preserved, emulsified, pasteurized, chemicalized, colored, bleached and sterilized what real nutrition do you expect to receive from these foods? I am here to educate you about the nutritional needs of your body! Also I guide you on how to eat nutritionally and even pleasurably!
Natural Supplements have been found to reverse many conditions that were unable to be treated by any other modality; this has been documented by many different health organizations. The quality of the supplement has to do with the effectiveness of treatment. Natural supplements with careful quality control procedures can mean the difference between success and failure.
A good nutrition program is very important, eating frequent small meals with some protein is very important in keeping the blood levels even.
Whole grains, seeds, nuts, yogurt, chicken, fish Turkey, organic beef, tofu, beans, eggs, natural cheese, cottage cheese, ( although I don’t recommend dairy because of allergy problems) vegetables and fruits should form the base of your diet. Protein should be the building block of nutrition. Consuming fruits and vegetables in their most natural form provides the most minerals and vitamins. Green vegetables provide incredible minerals that our body needs to help absorb vitamins as well as necessary fiber. Fresh fruit provides minerals, fiber and natural waters that are absorbed on a cellular level.
The ideal diet can be therapeutic, cleansing and rebuilding, as well as a maintenance diet for health, youth and longevity! If you would like help on a personalized food program contact me and I will assist you.