You are What You Eat

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    Of course, it is true that you are what you eat. Moreover, if you eat contaminated, toxic or simply the wrong food you are subject to developing many maladies, including conditions traditionally called illnesses, whether acute, subacute or chronic diseases. As such, one of the first approaches to addressing health, illness, and disease should be that of assessing your dietary habits.

    A traditional western medical history will generally address exposures history, personal disease history, family history and some personal habits (e.g., smoking, alcohol and illicit drug use). However, unless symptoms, clinical presentation, and history clearly point to food and beverages as possible significant factors, consumption is often of lesser importance to many clinicians.

    Sometimes personal, familial and cultural preferences, geographical residence, and issues of access are very important considerations. Predominant choices including voluminous consumption of processed meats, frequently eating starch-rich foods, refined grain flour, and sugar use, regularly imbibing beer, wine, or liquors, minimal intake of fresh fruits and vegetables, and other poor choices will yield adverse health outcomes. Unfortunately, people may seem physically fit in spite of poor eating habits. So, approaching health maintenance and illness/disease investigation in a thorough, integrative manner thereby necessitates evaluating an individual’s nutritional habits.

    We often overlook food and beverage sensitivities, more accurately, allergies and propensities to precipitate addiction. Sensitivities may manifest in a number of ways, including effects on thought clarity, itching, rashes, respiratory symptoms, arthritis, gastrointestinal distress, tendency to excessive weight gain with fewer calories, strong attraction to or predilection for a product (e.g., alcohol, sugar, caffeine), as well as other symptoms and reactions. Addictions, as well as related symptoms and signs of overuse, and withdrawal vary by food/consumable substance. There are no commonly applied laboratory tests that foretell who will develop these sensitivities, and allergy panel tests are often insufficient beyond common dietary allergen testing, which is applied only after people are looking for answers to problems. However, the multi-system adverse reactions many people experience to some consumable-sensitizers can be avoided by vigorously engaging in non-consumption or nominal intake.

    Nutritional supplements and consumption frequency patterns can also have significant metabolic effects. So, when you consider radically changing your diet and eating patterns, do so with some medical supervision if you have a substantial medical history.  Eat well, your good health matters, and you are what you eat.  And, feel free to contact ISG Health.

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