There is a lot of information in the news, all over social media, and at proverbial water coolers around the world about what to eat, when, and whether or not we should eat at all. That information all pales however, in comparison to questions about what it is we should eat altogether. It is really difficult to discern fact from fiction and truth from junk science.
In an effort to address issues and concerns related to all things nutrition, we have gathered several frequently asked questions, or FAQ’s as they are known in the current vernacular, along with the answers so many have been seeking. With all the information that is out there, our goal is to give you the kind of information that you can truly rely on.
What is Nutrition?
Defined scientifically, nutrition is the study of how we utilize, process, and consume food. Nutrition far exceeds this description however, as it also includes and directly impacts our metabolism, the ways in which we acquire and fight disease, as well as mental clarity, physical functioning, and peace of mind.
The quality and quantity of foods we eat directly affects our body’s ability to weather ailments and stressors that are big and small, short term and chronic. Because of this, we must, and in fact owe it to ourselves, to pay tremendous attention to how our food is produced, who produces
it, whether or not toxins are added (especially when we are told they are added in an attempt to keep us healthy) and where our food is from. There are many steps our food goes through before it gets to us.
How is Health Impacted by What we Eat?
As the saying goes, we are what we eat. While this comment makes for good comedic material, it remains tried and true. If we eat foods that are highly chemicalized, artificial, or made of substances that tax our systems, cause hormonal imbalances, or wreak havoc on our digestion, we are bound to feel far worse than our bodies were intended. When we eat foods that are rich in nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and promote homeostatic equilibrium, we look better, we feel better, and we live better.
How do Western and Traditional Chinese Medicine Evaluate Health and The Role of Nutrition?
Western and Traditional Chinese Medicine, or TCM, view health and nutrition in vastly different ways. For starters, where Western medicine sees illness, Traditional Chinese Medicine sees a path towards healing. And where the Western medical world relies a great deal on tests, X-rays, and external evaluations, Traditional Chinese Medicine seeks answers from within the body and its natural abilities to regulate, regenerate, and repair itself.
These two disciplines maintain divergent stances when it comes to nutrition, as well. Traditional Chinese Medicine sees food as an energy source that is deeply connected to both our internal and external environments. As such, it is the seasons and weather that direct what we are to eat, as well as foods that will heal the body as a whole. Western medicine sees food and nutrition as a way of sustaining the body in order for it to go from task to task. In this vein, food is seen as feeding only the physical body. Traditional Chinese Medicine on the other hand, understands that food is medicine that contains the nutritional values that will ultimately support both body and soul.
What are Meridians, Chi, and How do They Relate to Nutrition?
Traditional Chinese Medicine understands that illnesses that appear to be related to organ dysfunction or outside factors, may in fact be the results of a disruption in the flow of energy within the body. This energy flow, or chi, is intimately connected to our overall health and is said to course through our bodies from one meridian, or designated pressure point, to another.
It is within the flow of this energy that our physical and mental well being reside. When our chi is blocked, disturbed, or interrupted, illness and poor health result. One of the many factors that can cause blocks in the flow of chi is poor nutrition. When we eat poorly, we feel ill because our energy is simply not moving the way it should. And in the absence of the energy that is our very lifeblood, we suffer tremendously.
What is Nutritional Response Testing in Miami?
One of the ways in which we can determine your overall health and the ways in which the quality of your nutrition has impacted it, is by determining if you are a candidate for nutritional response testing.
Nutrition Response Testing involves an examination of your chi, how it flows, and if you are experiencing blockages between meridians. By evaluating your reflexes, muscle function, and the impact they have on your body, a certified practitioner, such as Dr. Michael Forman, D.O.M. of Sound Acupuncture of Miami, Florida, can create a nutritional program that is designed specifically for you, based on your body’s answers to our nutritional questions. The plan that we devise with your input is guided by Nutritional Response Testing that includes real food based on a designed, clinical nutrition plan and supplemental care.
How Can I Find Out How I am Doing Nutritionally and Improve My Overall Health?
Sound Acupuncture of Miami subscribes to the beliefs and practices of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Our Nutritional Response Testing, Designed Clinical Nutrition, and the Standard Process supplements that are an integral part of your care,reflect the holistic approach with which we view health, healing and nutrition.
You can schedule a visit or consultation by contacting us by phone, online, via social media, or an in person visit if you are in the Miami, Florida area. We encourage you to schedule an appointment with our staff so that you can take the first steps, the best steps, to establishing healthy nutritional goals, achieving them, and feeling the best you ever have.