Nutritional Medicine for Recovery from Illness and Injury
When we eat foods that are colorful, fresh, hydrating, and free of artificial ingredients, we provide our bodies with all the necessary nutrition to build, rebuild, and maintain our structural integrity. When we get hurt, or one of our internal systems is disrupted, the nutrients in whole foods supply our bodies with everything we need to repair ourselves. Good nutritional medicine for these processes is more than just proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. These macronutrients do serve their purpose, providing us with energy, insulation, cushion, protection, and structure: but the vitamins and minerals found in a colorful, varied diet are the real requirements for a fully functional metabolism.
Nutritional Medicine for Disease Reversal
Chronic disease develops when the body is deprived of its essential building blocks for an extended period of time. Instead of nutritious food, we may spend years ingesting heavily processed, food-like products that are confusing for the body and destructive within the body’s tissues. The introduction of a diet rich in phytochemicals from various fruits and vegetables, along with whole food sources of lean protein, provides the body with the nutritional support to correct imbalances, restore normal processes, and heal itself.
Nutritional Medicine for Disease Prevention
You’ve heard the phrase, “You are what you eat.” This is true…but there’s more. You’re also what you digest, absorb, metabolize, detoxify, and eliminate. Healthy nutrition promotes proper functioning of all these bodily systems.
Eating healthy and exercising regularly reduces the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, and more. It is estimated that 35% of all cancer deaths in the U.S. could be avoided through proper lifestyle changes and dietary modifications.1
Caroline Hinchliff is a graduate student in Nutrition at the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland. She is currently completing her internship at The Benchmark Clinic of Integrative Medicine in NW Portland.