After attending the first day of Functional Medicine continuing education, the take home lesson was to be mindful of what you put in your mouth. “Remove” foods that are causing harm. “Replace” the nutrients which are missing. These are just a few pearls of knowledge I received after 10-hours of lectures.
What does this mean for you? You and your doctor can review the medical conditions and concerns you have and discuss what sort of foods you should and should not be eating. Patients who suffer from chronic inflammatory conditions such as asthma, allergies, stomach issues and even metabolic conditions can benefit from an anti-inflammatory diet.
Worried that you can’t strictly abide by a certain diet? No worries. As long as you incorporate moderation in your life, you can be successful in anything including a diet change. Be sure to eat plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables and water. Remove refined, processed foods, trans-fats and alcohol. The next time you are at the grocery store... pick up some multivitamins and fish oil supplements. Simple healthy changes can make a big difference in your health.