The Role of Nutrition in Overall Health

We’ve all heard that you are what you eat. This aphorism holds more wisdom, however, than many of us know. What you eat can make you sick, and changing your diet can help you treat disease, eliminate ailments, and gain more energy and a better quality of life. Many people in our culture change their diet to lose weight, but the effects of nutrition go far deeper than whatever number appears on the scale.

Proper nutrition is one of the best ways to avoid disease. Besides the obviously diet-influenced diseases like diabetes and heart disease, a healthy diet can also help prevent cancer, increase your energy levels and vitality, and boost your immune system.

How Bad Nutrition Can Make You Sick

Beverages like coffee and alcohol can dry out our skin and cause adrenal fatigue. Processed or incorrectly heated oils, white flours, and refined sugars (present in nearly every heavily processed food) can be a drain on the body and are terrible for metabolic health.

Each of us has a unique nutritional profile, including sensitivities to particular foods and propensities towards certain types of disease. Some people digest certain foods more easily. Our nutritional profile can also change as we age. Nutrition response testing can help you determine if certain foods are making you sick. After the testing, the practitioner will give you a new nutritional program. Many patients have found relief in a matter of weeks after beginning the program.

What Role Does Nutrition Have in Chinese Medicine?

Traditional Chinese medicine divides foods into four categories, or “natures”: cold, cool, warm, and hot. These designations do not refer to the temperature of the food, but to the effect it has on our bodies. A diet that relies too heavily on either cold or hot foods can spin the body into an imbalance. Luckily, balancing the diet can help us regain harmony in our bodies and aid in treating or eliminating disease.

What You Need to Know About Heating Foods and Cooling Foods

What follows is a short list of heating and cooling foods. A TCM practitioner can help you figure out what foods to focus on eating to improve your health. Keep in mind that the way that you cook foods (and what you add to them) can influence their nutritional profile.

A Short List of Heating Foods

Heating foods include the following:

  • Beef
  • Pine nuts
  • Coconut
  • Almonds
  • Chicken
  • Parsley
  • Kale
  • Cherries
  • Black beans
  • Mustard greens
  • Lamb
  • Quinoa

A Short List of Cooling Foods

Cooling foods include the following:

  • Lettuce
  • Eggplant
  • Watermelon
  • Tofu
  • Spinach
  • Cilantro
  • Barley
  • Citrus
  • Wheat
  • Apples

Who Can Help Me Improve My Nutrition in Miami?

A TCM practitioner who has experience in nutrition testing may be able to help you find relief. It’s important to do your research and choose a provider with an established reputation in working with Miami nutrition patients. Michael Forman DOM, P.A. works with patients like you to treat and heal from a variety of health conditions. By combining nutrition, acupuncture, and other areas of Chinese medicine, we are committed to helping you find relief. Contact us today.

Nutrition Response Testing

Nutrition Response Testing is a non-invasive process of analyzing the body in order to find out the underlying causes of illness or non-optimum health. Our clinically proven system is different from other healing practices in that it integrates diet, lifestyle and supplementation and is able to tap into what your body tells us it needs.

You will be asked several questions prior to as well as during the test. But, the actual procedure will involve your body providing all of the information and feedback needed about your health. At Total Health Restoration, we use the extraordinary properties of human cells and tissues for initiating the healing process and bringing out the health changes…the way Nature intended.

Our bodies respond to this process reliably and consistently. It precisely opens up the possibility of safe and lasting recovery; even in situations where everything else has failed.*

What are we testing for?

During your first visit, Dr. Forman will test your body’s neurological reflexes as this is the body’s way of telling us what and how your nervous system is doing. It is your autonomic nervous system that regulates every organ. The testing is done for organs, glands, joints, muscles, etc.*

After testing these reflexes, Dr. Forman analyses the results which will be reviewed with you during your report of findings visit.

How do we get the body’s “reflex” information?

As a Nutrition Response Testing practitioner, Dr. Forman will perform a full body scan to properly assess each of your reflexes. If there is an underlying stress or dysfunction in a particular area, chances are it might be affecting your health. Since we use this direct method of analysis, it is faster and quite accurate. No high costs of expensive machines, drugs, surgery or nasty needles will be required. We will ask you for a copy of your recent blood work which may need to be updated, but that is it.

Following your consultation, Dr. Forman will provide you the results in the simplest format, and share your specific nutritional program to follow.

How soon will I see improvement?

Although every case is different, many of our patients experience positive results within 4-6 weeks. It is observed that those who strictly adhere to their recommended nutritional program have the fastest recoveries.*

Is it important to stick to the plan?

Yes. To counter your current health condition, the sooner you implement your program, the sooner you will start to see the results. But, if you don’t stick to your program whole-heartedly and continue your old habits then your body’s condition may not improve as you hope. For any program, total commitment in its implementation is the key for positive results.

What are my chances for recovery?

If you are a “Nutrition Response Testing Case”, then we believe that nothing else will help you as much as this.*

What happens next?

While you are on your own designed clinical nutrition program, we will continue to monitor your progress and adjust your program as needed.

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