Food for Health – Using Food as Medicine
Do you want to use food for health - that is, food as medicine - so you can manage a health condition or reduce early symptoms of chronic diseases like heart disease, celiac disease? You've come to the right place.
About Chronic Disease
Chronic disease is the leading cause of death in many countries, and an unhealthy diet is a leading cause.
Chronic disease is a disease that develops slowly, over a long period of time. The slow progression means you have time to make healthy change and turn things around. The first signs and symptoms of chronic disease can start as early as your 20’s or 30’s.
Being aware of these symptoms means you can do something about them, and reduce your risk of chronic disease.
There are some obvious signs that can indicate you’re unhealthy or that you are developing a chronic disease. But sometimes the signs are invisible or hard to see with the naked eye. See the table below for a rough guide to common risk factors for some major chronic diseases.
Using Food For Health
Hippocrates put it nicely; “our food is our medicine and our medicine is our food”.
This means two things: firstly that an unhealthy diet is a leading cause of many health conditions and chronic disease, and secondly, that healthy food is an excellent remedy for poor health.
And there are plenty of
nutrient-rich superfoods that can heal and promote health.
Hippocrates also said “It is more important to know what sort of person has a disease than to know what sort of disease a person has.”
In other words, each person has unique needs for achieving good health, and the one-size-fits-all ‘treatment’ doesn’t work.
Keep reading to find out more about using good food for good health.
Look at Digestion First
Before you look at using food to improve health, you should first consider digestion.
A healthy digestive system is essential to make sure you efficiently burn your food and effectively extract the nutrients from it. Diseases are often associated with vitamin and mineral deficiencies, so having healthy digestion is really important.
Is your digestive system healthy and working properly?
Click here to find out.
Digestive problems may be an issue if you suffer from bloating, burping, excess gas, nausea, indigestion, heartburn, acid reflux, regular diarrhea and/or constipation, abdominal pain or discomfort.
These can also be
food intolerance symptoms.
You can include and avoid certain foods for better digestive health and to reduce the
symptoms of food intolerance.
Before starting any dietary changes, be sure to make an appointment with a qualified health practitioner to make sure that any dietary changes you make are right for your specific needs.
Heart healthy food
If you're concerned about cardiovascular health and want to enjoy heart healthy meals,
click here for a list of heart healthy foods.
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