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  • Kellie Blake RDN, LD, IFNCP

Nutrition in the War on Chronic Disease

I once read that “disease enters through the mouth.” I’m not sure where this originated, but it’s striking and true. All the chronic diseases we face today are a result of what’s being put into our bodies. We are surrounded by toxins in the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat. The human body can only withstand this type of assault for a finite period of time. The symptoms may start out slowly, but once the body becomes overwhelmed, the symptoms make you feel as if your body is at war. This sounds ominous, but I’m going to share how we can use nutrition as a weapon in this war.

Think about how you feel every day. Do any of the words below describe you?

  1. Tired

  2. Excessive fatigue

  3. Lack of motivation

  4. Joint pain

  5. Muscle pain

  6. Headaches

  7. Allergies

  8. Digestive issues (diarrhea, constipation, gas, bloating, nausea

  9. Anxious

  10. Angry

  11. Depressed

  12. Skin issues

  13. Disturbed sleep

  14. Dry eyes

  15. Lack of concentration or brain fog

If you’re living the standard American life, eating the standard American diet, chances are pretty good you experience some or all of these standard American symptoms pretty routinely. I lived with some of these symptoms for years and then one day I found functional medicine. I was finally able to determine the root cause of my symptoms and begin the process of healing my body. Nutrition is the answer in most chronic disease situations and improvements in nutritional status ALWAYS improves quality of life. I have yet to meet the client who says, “I’m sorry I changed my lifestyle” or “I wish I hadn’t started eating healthy foods.” When you focus on the type and quality of the food you eat, many of your symptoms will disappear. You’ll gain health freedom and raise the current American standard.

Working with a qualified practitioner is crucial. Testing can be important in determining root causes, but anyone can start winning their own war by making some nutrition related changes TODAY:

  1. Focus on drinking clean, filtered water. A good rule of thumb is to drink at least half your body weight in ounces every day.

  2. Stop with the soda. Regular or diet. Study after study confirms the negative impact soda has on your body, so put it down, walk away, and don’t look back!

  3. Eat plants. They have valuable phytonutrients that can actually prevent and reverse disease. Most of your plate should be colored with different types of vegetables.

  4. Get rid of processed oils – canola, vegetable, soybean, corn, safflower, sunflower. Don’t use these oils in cooking and read your food labels on any processed foods – these oils are hidden everywhere.

  5. Choose organic foods when possible. If you can’t afford all organic produce, check out the dirty dozen and try to buy organic varieties of those to minimize your toxin intake.

  6. Cut sugar out of your life. Sugar is a root cause of inflammation and inflammation is the root cause of all chronic diseases. Sugar is EVERYWHERE, so read your food labels. Avoid products with added sugar and ingredients ending in ‘ose.’

  7. Stop with the fast food. Making your own meals is empowering and you have control over what you're putting into your own body.

Even making a change in one of these areas can produce results. But, together they can dramatically improve symptoms you may have had for years. To fine tune your eating plan, contact us for a free 15 minute phone consultation.

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