We are starting to hear a lot more about the profound impact of our food on our health. In North America, our processed food intake has grown at the expense of what I call whole foods – foods with 1 ingredient and less processed foods, which I consider foods with 5 ingredients or less.
Obesity, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, high blood pressure and inflammatory diseases along with a huge increase in the incidence of digestive disorders are on the rise. This has been occurring in parallel with the rise in refined sugars, refined grains, processed / hydrogenated oils ,trans fats and toxins in our environment.
Over the last 50 years, we have been led to believe that ‘low fat’ foods are the way to go. This has resulted in a bigger problem – high sugar content in the form of refined sugars, and high fructose corn syrup which are now shown to be major contributors to the increased incidence of the above diseases. It is important to choose high quality foods and snacks high in protein, low in sugar and complex carbohydrates when possible (ie. Simply Choices).
Integrative Medicine and Holistic Nutrition seek to combine the best of both worlds, combining conventional medicine with alternative and complementary healthcare to address not only symptoms of illness ,yet specifically the root causes in order to help optimize health.
Personalized Holistic Nutrition uncovers nutritional deficiencies, imbalances and overloads by analyzing a client’s diet, lifestyle and environmental factors. This information is used to create an optimized nutrition protocol. By embracing holistic nutrition you are embracing the opportunity for improved health.
One day, I hope to see a holistic nutritionist in every medical office , wellness clinics and hospitals as a fundamental member of the health care team.
See you soon!