Food as medicine is a primary principle in naturopathy. As part of your assessment and treatment plan, Dr. Andresen recommends food changes that can improve your health concerns.
Here is an example of how food can improve your health. Eating the following 5 foods are important to consume daily in order to optimize overall health.
1.) NUTS & SEEDS
Nuts and seeds are one of the most important foods you can consume. They contain heart healthy monounsaturated fats as well as protein, fibre, plant sterols and antioxidants. Walnuts, macadamia nuts and flaxseeds are high in omega 3 fatty acids which support cardiovascular health and skin health as well as reducing systemic inflammation. Most nuts are also high in a number of important minerals including magnesium and potassium.
Berries are full of important antioxidants as well as vitamin C and potassium. Antioxidants remove free radicals from the body that result from exposure to pollutants and toxins.
3.) DARK LEAFY GREENS
In addition to being a source of fibre, dark leafy greens such as kale and swiss chard contain high amounts of vitamin K which is important for heart and bone health. They are also a high source of the eye protecting nutrients lutein and zeaxanthin.
4.) COLD WATER FISH
Wild salmon and other cold water fish are full of high level omega 3 fatty acids that are necessary brain, heart and skin health. Omega 3’s also reduce levels of chronic inflammation that grow over time.
5.) OAT BRAN
An important source of soluble fibre. Soluble fibre is vital for bowel regularity and also for preventing colon cancer and hemorrhoids, as well as regulating cholesterol levels. Soluble fibre binds to cholesterol and removes it from the body.
Dr. Andresen is a natural health and nutrition expert. Book your appointment with Dr. Andresen today to find out how you can make dietary change to improve your health.