Why an Integrative Medicine Approach is Required to Control the Obesity Epidemic
Most people find eating to be one of the life’s greatest pleasures, and eating the correct foods can be a useful therapeutic aid for a number of chronic health conditions.
Research studies have confirmed that nearly 50% of deaths caused by heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes is linked to poor dietary habits. Dietary advice has always been the focus of integrative medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Ayurveda, which is the sister science of yoga and meditation.
The importance of diet has been exemplified by a study of 702,308 adults in the United States in 2012 which revealed that 45 percent of people had unhealthy diets. The study highlighted that the poor diets were due to:
- Excess consumption of sodium
- Processed meats
- Unprocessed red meats
- Sugar-sweetened beverages
A typical Western-style diet is detrimental to health
Integrative medicine doctors and Complementary and Alternative Medicine practitioners have always recommended a healthy diet of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, grains, seafood. This is routine integrative medicine practice as these important foods are often excluded in people with poor diets which result in illness.
Many Integrative medicine doctors and Complementary and Alternative Medicine practitioners advocate a Mediterranean style diet, and many naturopaths advocate a gluten-free diet or a ‘paleo template’ The rationale behind this is that a typical Western-style diet is too high in saturated fat, sodium, and sugar and too low in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, calcium, and fiber. Such a diet contributes to:
- Heart disease
- Many cancers (colon, prostate, mouth, throat, oesophagus, lung, stomach)
There are dozens of diets advised by many food gurus and dieticians, but due to genetics they all work for someone, but no one diet works for everyone. The most comprehensive nutrition system that is individualized to our unique biological needs addresses the mind and the body and is 100% safe is Ayurveda the sister science of yoga and meditation.
So why is Ayurveda the most comprehensive nutritional system known to man? One of the reasons is because each food and drink item is classified into its own therapeutic effect. Furthermore, it is a simple, direct prescriptive dietary plan that is developed for your unique body type taking into account your genetics and environment as every person digests and assimilates food differently. It includes Vegetarian or Non-Vegetarian options and Eastern or healthy Western food choices.
So give it a try if you are looking for sustainable change in your health contact Apple A Day RX for a holistic food and lifestyle advice that is specific for YOU!