Food is medicine. With the appropriate food and drink, there would be little need for any other kind of medicine

 

Food as Medicine

Everything you ingest, from meat and dairy to fruit, vegetables, and grains, has a particular effect on your body, and your body responds with very particular actions to ensure proper digestion and absorption. The value of a food is not based on nutritional content alone. The interaction between the food you eat and how your body is going to process that food is a critical part of an appropriately balanced diet.

A therapeutic diet is not the same for everyone. For instance, two people can have similar symptoms of indigestion and abdominal discomfort, but have completely different secondary symptoms that would determine their treatment in East Asian medicine. One person may have digestive trouble with fever and a burning sensation in the stomach, which means that they should avoid oily and sweet foods, and stick to bland foods without much flavor. Another person may have digestive trouble but also have cold hands and feet and an urgent need to go to the bathroom first thing in the morning. This person should avoid raw meals such as salads, and try to eat more soups or foods prepared to warm the body. Both patterns of differentiation can cause such symptoms as indigestion and loose stool, but the root cause and subsequent treatment plan could not be further from each other.

It is a common misconception that people should only regulate their diet if they have digestive trouble or if they are trying to alter their weight. Certain conditions, such as migraines, depression, epilepsy, and insomnia, can be significantly improved by eating the right foods and avoiding the wrong ones. Particular dietary recommendations will vary depending on a person’s overall constitution and condition.

Our Approach to Nutritional Counseling

Nutritional counseling focuses on optimizing an individual’s dietary habits and behaviors to achieve health. At Evolve Health + Wellness, this includes comprehensive assessments of nutritional intake, health history, and lifestyle needs. Laboratory diagnostics serve as a tool to guide recommendations, which are selected and personalized for each individual based on principles of Holistic Nutrition and Eastern Nutrition, and informed by the latest research available on the effects of diet and nutrition.

Holistic Nutrition emphasizes the use of whole foods to achieve the proper balance of macro- and micro-nutrients. Eastern Nutrition focuses on an individual’s constitution and takes into account environmental influences such as climate, season, and lifestyle to determine an appropriate diet. Both philosophies are combined to create an optimal diet and meal plan customized to an individual’s needs and health goals. Supplementation with certain vitamins, minerals, or herbal therapy may also be recommended.