"Let food be your medicine..." Hippocrates

How can food be my medicine?
    
    Consider that foods contain varying amounts of nutrients, particularly micronutrients. Micronutrients are compounds found in food that render no calories, but have a beneficial effect on the body. If we eat a large amount of foods that contain a large amount of nutrients, a growing and healing environment is created for the body's tissues without adding calories.
   
    For example, growing a rose bush without supplying its vital needs is futile. If you want more than a woody stalk, you need to add compost to the soil, and sun and water to its environment. In a nurturing environment, you will view a rose bush with bright green leaves and full flowers of brilliant-colored rose petals without brown blemishes or invading bugs.
   
    In the same way that a gardener supplies a rose bush with compost, water, and sun, you must give your body what it needs: micronutrients. Vitamins, minerals, fiber, and phytochemicals such as antioxidants can repair and renew tissues that may have become stressed, inflamed, or diseased.

The food you eat can help to fix what's wrong
    When you eat a diet that is rich in unprocessed plant foods, you give your body the power to fix and reverse conditions such as diabetes, osteoporosis, high blood pressure, and heart disease. Read more...

What is it that you should eat?
    There are three basic rules for a healthful diet -- a diet that will give your body the nutrients it needs to thrive and to repair damage that has been done by the environment in which we live, i.e. pollution, extravagant diets, damaging UV rays from the sun. Read more...

Is there a special diet for you?
    Generally, a nutrient-dense, plant-strong diet is recommended for everyone: people with and without chronic disease. Small changes might be appropriate for different populations; however, the same premise applies: eat the most nutritious food possible as much as possible. This will increase the nutrient content and decrease the caloric load.

To maximize your nutrient density, structure your diet accordingly...

Eat all you want
     Leafy green vegetables
                                Colorful vegetables
                                Fresh fruit
                                Beans

Eat in moderation Starchy vegetables (potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn, squash)
                                Whole grains
                                Nuts and seeds    

                                Fish
                                Non-fat diary
                                Wild meat and fowl

Eat rarely               Red meat
                                Refined grains
                                Full-fat dairy/cheese
                                Refined oil
                                Sweets
   
  
 
                            
   
         

** These recommendations are those of Joel Fuhrman, MD. You can learn more about Dr. Fuhrman's approach to treating chronic disease with diet and exercise here.