Food is medicine as Hippocrates famously espoused it. Medicine is a substance used in treating disease. Similarly, Food is a substance that all living things eat, drink or absorb to maintain life and growth. These substances if misused, abused or underused will cause weight gain.
Why “Food is Medicine” important?
1. It is a treatment – Studies show that high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, dyslipidemia, and coronary artery disease to name a few can be treated with proper diet and other lifestyle interventions as effectively as with state-of-the-art modern drugs.
2. It is pleasurable – Our social life revolves around food and food meets our emotional needs whether it’s positive or negative. Prescription drugs are not the centerpiece of our gatherings, holidays, and celebrations nor we share with our family or friends; food is.
3. It helps overall health – With food as a medicine, you don’t have to deal with side effects. While medication may be a source of relief, it is rarely a source of pleasure. Good food equals good health!
4. It improves quality of life – Drugs are just a Band-Aid. It treats a given symptom or disease temporarily and rarely makes us well. The right food always goes far beyond a targeted risk factor, a sign, or a condition and contributes to overall health and vitality.
According to The Lancet study, the less optimal diet causes far more deaths compared to tobacco smoking. High salt, sugar, and fat intake have been the main focus of diet policy debate in the past two decades. Foods high in salt, low fibers, low in vegetables, and low in omega-3 fatty acids are the leading dietary risk factors for mortality accounting for more than 2% of global deaths.
There’s an urgent need to improve the overall diet of the whole nation. A complete, well-balanced meal such as whole grains, fruits, nuts, and seeds is what is needed and follow a healthy dietary pattern or behavior. Eat as close to nature if possible – whole, minimally processed, mostly plant-foods. Food that is focused only on macronutrients, high intake of sodium, low intake of whole grains and low consumption of fruits were the leading dietary risk factors for premature deaths in the modern world.
At Doctor for Life, our staff recognizes the importance of Food as Medicine. Whether you, your child or your whole family want to embrace a healthy lifestyle, we can help. The Doctor for life has a full team dedicated to creating a doctor-guided, patient-centered program individualized to your needs. We address all aspects related to living a healthy lifestyle including nutrition, exercise, behavior, and pharmacotherapy.