“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”― Hippocrates
This quote is often cited to emphasize food’s importance. A food’s quality is usually thought to be what agencies such as the USDA and the FDA have to say. There have certainly been great strides in food quality with improved storage techniques and cleanliness. But is it good for me? The accepted food pyramid may not be the best way to know. The increasing ++incidence of illnesses like diabetes and obesity brings our current understanding of food into question.
In an attempt to solve this riddle, there has been an increase in special tests for food allergies and specialty diets. Are these just fads, or are they based on science? Is there a test of diet that is right for you? This has become a hot topic. There are many “experts”, and it can be difficult to make sense of it all.
I want to share with you my practice’s experience with food sensitivity testing and diet modifications, which uses a practical approach and sets realistic goals. This has been very positive. The process begins with dietary counseling and interventions to decrease inflammation. This usually has secondary benefits such as weight loss and improved blood sugar control. I then proceed to test for food sensitivity with Mediator Release Test (MRT) followed by dietary counseling and coaching with the LEAP (Lifestyle, Eating, And Performance) protocol. Success is measured by the increase in function, decreased pain, and improvement in chronic conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes.
Below is a video by Susan Linke, a registered and licensed dietitian, Certified LEAP Therapist (CLT), and Certified Gluten Practitioner (CGP). She explains this concept. To learn more, contact my office at (865) 577-1914 for more information.
Nutrition along with exercise, hydration and sleep are essential elements for optimal health. Nutrition may be the most important in that without the proper “fuel”, our “engine” will not work. The elements of nutrition are critical to counteract the daily wear and tear our bodies experience. This prepares us for aging. Yes, we are getting older. It was once said that you cannot run away from a poor diet. The health choices you make now will catch up with you later; it all starts with nutrition.
What we eat, regarding both amount and content are important. Our diet is something we can control, so it is important to know what it contains and what we need. In addition to protein, healthy fats and limited sugars, we need vitamins and minerals. But how much do we need, and where do we get them? The links below will help. Not all foods are created equal; some contain more and some less.
Our body best recognizes and then absorbs nutrients when they are in foods rather then supplements. My advice is to be mindful of the foods you eat to ensure your body’s nutritional needs are met. Supplements, that is pills, may not be as well absorbed and most likely will cost more in the long term. You may feel that you did your part by taking you vitamin or mineral pill, but it may not be absorbed and does not substitute for a well balance diet.
Sugar has received much attention recently. Below is a link to Gary Taubes’ article that recently appeared in the Wall Street Journal. I agree with the article and placed it our blog as a resource. Gary Taubes has a BS in applied physics from Harvard University, MS in aerospace engineering from Stanford University and a masters degree in journalism from Columbia University. He has written extensively regarding diet and exercise. He is the author of “the Case Against Sugar” .which will be published Dec 27, 2016.