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Food as Medicine

The science of Traditional Chinese medical dietary therapy involves the understanding the properties of foods and their affects on health as well the use of food for preserving health and preventing and treating illnesses. The nature of food is defined on the same basis as in Traditional Chinese Medicine. According to the classification of the Dietetic Materia Medica, foods, as with herbal medicines, are grouped by taste. The five principal categories taste are sour, sweet, bitter, pungent and salty. Based on the five element theory, Traditional Chinese Medicine holds that each taste favors an internal organ: sour favors the liver, sweet favors the spleen, bitter favors the heart, pungent favors the lungs, and salty favors the kidney. Generally, each taste has a different impact on the human body.    The nature of food is a fundamental principle in Chinese dietary therapy. Foods are classified into coldness, coolness, warmth, and heat, “the four natures”. In practice, these natures divide into two basic kinds – cold and hot. Regulating the cold and hot of foods is an important aspect of diet regulation practiced by Chinese medical dietary therapy.
Eating Food as Medicine can be approached in a number of different ways. It’s best to make an appointment so you can understand the best approach for you, your constitution and your health goals.

Nutrition and Cleansing/Detoxification

This page will outline the variety of ways you can approach Food as Medicine. Before you strengthen and tonify your digestion, you might need to detoxify and cleanse your body. This is a vital part of the process of improving your digestion, absorption of nutrients and fine-tuning your elimination. It’s also very important to find the right cleanse for your constitution and is recommended for you to be supervised to ensure no harm in the process.

Cleanse & Detoxification 

Why do we need to Cleanse or do a Detoxification?
Three main reasons:
Reason #1: Everyday Exposure to Toxins
1. In the last 50 years, tens of thousands of toxic chemicals have been introduced into our environment via Air, Food and Water
2. Medicinal or recreational drugs, alcohol and tobacco
3. Intake of foods to which you are allergic or sensitive
4. Exposure to viruses and bacteria Although the body is designed to eliminate toxins, it seems that each individual has a threshold where the body’s inherent detoxification abilities weaken and health deteriorates.
Reason #2: Add the Standard American Diet (SAD)
1. Typically high in fats and sugars
2. Relies heavily on nutrient-depleted vegetables, grains, fruits, and antibiotic- and hormone-laden meats
3. Provides inadequate nutrients for many metabolic processes, including detoxification These dietary habits, and the fact that many of us eat a limited variety of foods, can result in the development of adverse reactions to some of the most commonly eaten foods such as corn, wheat, soy, dairy, and eggs
Reason #3: And the Standard American Lifestyle Chronic stress
1. increases inflammatory markers in the blood
2. burdens our innate healing mechanisms, including detoxification And You Get Toxicity…
When the body experiences an overload of toxic substances, the consequences can manifest in a number of ways: Headache, muscle and joint pain, fatigue, weight gain, irritability, depression, anxiety, mental confusion, digestive issues, skin eruptions, cardiovascular irregularities, flu-like symptoms, or allergic reactions including hives, stuffy or runny nose, sneezing and coughing.
Many cultures around the world have long believed that toxins accumulate in the body and can be an underlying cause of a variety of health problems. For centuries, different therapies have been used to “cleanse” or detoxify, from simple water fasts to sometimes elaborate regimens of bowel cleansing, steams, and saunas. Western medicine ignored or criticized these techniques for years, but has finally started to recognize detoxification as a vital body process.
Research has substantiated that an individual’s ability to detoxify substances to which they are exposed varies tremendously, and the body’s capacity to detoxify these substances is of critical importance to overall health. In our industrialized world, we produce more and more potentially toxic compounds that find their way into the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat. The body must rid itself of these dangerous substances by transforming and then excreting them through the lungs, skin, kidneys, and bowels.

Unfortunately, not all of them get excreted efficiently. Some are circulated back into the bloodstream and others are stored in various body tissues such as fat tissue. This is in part due to the increasing levels of toxins we are exposed to, and may be exacerbated by a lack of nutrients needed to fuel the detoxification process. Over the years toxins can build up in fat, joints, the brain, and various other tissues, potentially leading to a variety of health issues.

 

 

When Done Properly, Cleansing is an Opportunity to Move toward Optimal Health.

A Good Cleanse Can Help You: – Discover how the food you eat makes you feel – Move towards an anti-inflammatory diet – Address bad habits – Detoxify – Make long-term change by teaching you sustainable skills for shopping, cooking, eating, and enjoying delicious healthy food We have multiple options for our clients when they are feeling they need to clease their body temple. Some include: Elimination Diet, 10-day cleanse, 20 or 30-day cleanse, etc. Each program is customized for the individual based on their healthcare needs.

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Local Harvest: Real Food, Real Farmers, Real Community

Local Harvest: Real Food, Real Farmers, Real Community
Local Harvest is America’s #1 organic and local food website. It maintains a definitive and reliable “living” public nationwide directory of small farms, farmers markets, and other local food sources, a search engine for products from family farms and local sources of sustainably grown food, as well as an online store.

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Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Association

Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Association
An association of individuals and organizations in North America who are committed to the transformation of the whole food system from farm to table, and who draw inspiration from the spiritual-scientific insights of Rudolf Steiner. Biodynamics is a worldwide movement for the renewal of agriculture based on an understanding of the spiritual forces at work in nature and in human social life. From this understanding, a particular form of organic farming has been developed that continues to grow and evolve around the world.

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Wise Traditions in Food, Farming and the Healing Arts

Wise Traditions in Food, Farming and the Healing Arts
A quarterly journal of the Weston A. Price Foundation, which includes a wealth of traditional food vendors, growers, etc.

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