Functional and Integrative Nutrition

These two keywords tend to be ideal search terms for people searching to find a healthy diet plan. Hence let’s begin with what is considered to be a poor diet. A recent study from the Harvard School of Public Health posted in the Annals of Internal Medicine in March of this year found that long-term data from two large studies may have proved that more people considering a switch to vegetarianism. Researchers reported results displaying that processed and unprocessed meat intake is linked with a significantly increased risk of all-cause and cardiovascular fatality, and also increased risk of death from cancer. After adjustment for various risk factors, consuming one more serving of meat each day was associated with a 16% increase in the possibility of cardiovascular mortality plus a 10% increased risk of death from cancer.

“I believe the general idea is that we have to minimize our meat consumption and also for processed meats we need to definitely avoid or eliminate these from the diet,” lead investigator Dr. An Pan of the Harvard School of Public Health. “For unprocessed red meat, most people should decrease the quantity ingested to less than three servings weekly and to replace these meals with fish, poultry, as well as healthy whole grains. The matter with the US diet is that many people eat many servings of red meat daily. That is a lot.”

Dr. Dean Ornish, a leading proponent of integrative nutrition, wrote an accompanying statement on the study stating there is an emerging comprehensive agreement among nutritionists in regards to what constitutes a healthy diet. Everyone should aim to ingest little to no red meat, a lot more good carbohydrates like vegetables, fresh fruits, whole grains, legumes, and soy and fewer simple and processed carbohydrates, plus more healthy fatty acids.

Putting it simply, “more quality, less quantity,” he writes. “Such a diet, would help a lot toward treating the health problems in the US, including decreasing global warming and energy utilization.” This describes good functional nutrition which may significantly minimize chance of heart disease, diabetic issues, joint and overweight and a lot more.

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Dr. Hunter Yost is a respected instructor for medical students and residents with the Program in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona medical school in Tucson founded by Andrew Weil M.D. He is interested in personalized medicine. Each person is unique when it comes to biochemical makeup, environmental influences and way of living choices. Therefore two different people with the same complex chronic illness or autoimmune dysfunction will reveal indications and respond to treatment differently. His diagnostic testing and treatments are uniquely designed around every patient’s biochemical individuality. Find more information about Lifestyle Medicine: Functional and Integrative Nutrition