Are you tired of not feeling like yourself? Maybe symptoms have cropped up over time, and you can't really explain why. You have tried taking different medicines that have been prescribed to you, and they help some. You are ready to leave these symptoms behind. You are ready to start feeling like yourself again. You are ready to live your life the way you want to live it.
Naturopathic philosophy of care is at the center of how we practice medicine. We want you to not only feel better, but also develop the tools to prevent future disease. We want you to understand the root causes for your symptoms so that we not only reduce symptoms, but also treat the underlying causes.
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What we eat plays a huge role in our overall health. Dr. Cheatum went into detail on a well rounded diet in the Foundations of Health: Diet series. This is a good general guideline to follow. However, for some people, simply eating a well-rounded healthy diet isn’t enough to keep symptoms under control. Our body may be responding to seemingly healthy foods in unexpected ways, causing unwanted symptoms. It’s with these types of cases that we have to do a little more digging to figure out potential triggers. Luckily, there are a whole host of dietary recommendations and therapeutic diets for various complaints and conditions that can be used as a starting point for pinpointing your trigger foods.
Allergy vs Intolerance
In the first part of the Foundations of Health: Diet blog series, I discussed general healthy recommendations for what to eat, click here to read Part 1. Equally important and often not discussed is how to eat. For today’s post I will discuss some considerations about how to eat to optimize digestion.
Spring is here and with the wonderful warm weather comes blossoming plants that produce pollen. If you are experiencing watery/itchy eyes, sneezing, runny nose, trouble breathing, etc, you could have seasonal allergies. This article discusses some at home and natural treatment options for allergies.
Food is an essential part of life. The choices we make about what we eat can have lasting impacts on our health. Many chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and obesity can be caused by unhealthy dietary habits (1). For many people, preventing these diseases can be as easy as engaging in healthy eating habits. These healthy eating habits include not just what food is eaten, but also when and how to eat. In this article, I will discuss very general healthy diet recommendations (what to eat). In part 2, I will discuss how and when to eat.
What to Eat
There is no perfect diet that can be applied to everyone. However, in general, the best thing is to focus on is the quality of food (2). High quality food includes are those that are closest to their whole forms found in nature. Foods like whole grains, whole fruits and vegetables, healthy fats, and healthy proteins are all high quality foods. Low-quality foods are those that are highly processed such as white bread, white rice, fried food, processed meats, sugary beverages, refined sugar, and foods high in trans fats. These low-quality foods are minimized or eliminated in a healthy diet.
A sense of connection with others is integral to our well-being. Love and the sense of belonging in a community has far reaching implications on our health. The benefits of love aren’t limited to relationships between partners or spouses. Having a strong network of connections with friends, family, coworkers, and/or neighbors is an important aspect of everyone’s health.
Sometimes relationships can be stressful, but overall, love has shown to to have a strong stress reducing potential. When you feel love, areas in the brain that are responsible for emotion, attention, motivation, and memory are activated. Our immune function improves, depression and anxiety decreases, and overall sense of well-being improves.
Relationships can be work sometimes, but putting in the effort can be well worth it. So, remember to reach out to those you love today and give others that boost in well-being everyone needs.
As we are right in the middle of cold and flu season, here is some advice on ways to stay healthy and how to differentiate between the cold and flu. In some cases you may need to seek professional medical care, so we will go through some of these signs and symptoms that should have you seeking help.
Colds and flus are both caused by viral infections. Viruses can live up to 2 hours outside the body. That is why it is important to take measures to reduce exposure.
Immune System Boost
Keeping your immune system robust and strong can help reduce your chances of infection and can help your body fight infection if you do get a bug. Here is our list of important immune boosting foundations and extra supportive measures to promote immune function: