Importance of food in maintaining good health can’t be denied. Several advanced dietary research studies have shown that different types of pro biotic elements, vitamins, minerals, enzymes and micronutrients help us ward off several health issues. Various types of fruits and vegetable juices have magical treatment capabilities. Especially, seasonal fruits and vegetables have great ability to increase our vital immunity.
Many people suffer food allergies that can be tested easily, but food sensitivities are harder to detect. Some foods may have a negative impact on your body without being so violent that an obvious reaction is noted such as mild indigestion, headache, irritability, rash or sleeplessness.
Developing a naturopathic healthy eating plan can help you determine and eliminate foods that cause discomfort and sensitivities. When trying to lose weight or to bring the body back to a general feeling of health and well being, the first step is to identify foods that are hindering this process by eliminating all suspected foods from your diet and reintroducing them slowly one at a time. Normally we begin by eliminating foods such as caffeine, wheat, corn, artificial colorings and sweeteners, nuts and soy products, red meat and any other food that we suspect may have a negative impact on your feeling of well being.
Naturopathic Principles Applied to Meal Planning
A naturopathic diet follows the six guiding principles of naturopathic medicine: trust that the body can heal itself; identify and treat the cause; treat the person as an integrative whole; use non-harming and non-invasive techniques; focus on overall health, wellness and disease prevention; and use education to allow people to take responsibility for their health.
Naturopathic medicine is based on the belief that a diet that doesn’t include food that is natural or wholesome produces toxins that poison the body. Conditions that are treated and eliminated with a naturopathic diet include digestive issues, food sensitivities and allergies, immune disorders, reproductive imbalances, high cholesterol, insomnia, stress and anxiety.
Use for Weight Loss
A naturopathic approach to dieting begins by examining the cause of obesity. Unlike other weight-loss programs, naturopathic medicine attributes weight problems to the potential for physical imbalances such as liver or kidney disease and thyroid disorders, high stress or emotional unevenness, food toxicity or drink addictions, or to sudden lifestyle changes.
Like Hippocrates rightly said: let thy food be thy medicine and let thy medicine be thy food.