Nutrition is the study of foods, the nutrients contained within, and how to meet the nutritional needs of the human body. Choosing the foods that are beneficial to the health of the patient is often left to the practitioner, as consuming nourishing food has a direct bearing on restoring health to the patient. Providing a diet plan for my patients is integral to the treatment process. It is well established that a lack of proper nutrition can lead to a myriad of symptoms of poor health and disease. Numerous studies have confirmed that a balanced, healthy diet increases life span and allows the body to function at its very best.
A healthy diet means that there must be an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables, high quality protein, healthy fats, and complex carbohydrates in the diet. At least one-third of the diet should be eaten raw in order to preserve nutrients that are lost in cooking. It is also important to avoid foods that have been chemically processed and made solely from refined ingredients and artificial substances as they often contain artificial flavors, colorants, sugar or high fructose corn syrup, and preservatives.