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Nutrition

Food is medicine. 

The food you eat contains the building blocks for the cells in your body and the functions that keep you alive. Your body requires a certain amount of calories, proteins, fatty acids, vitamins, and fiber to maintain your health and prevent future disease. The Standard American Diet, aptly abbreviated "SAD," is high in processed foods with low nutritional content. Chemical additives and artificial flavorings are prevalent, and it’s easy to see how all this can lead to a multitude of disorders.

Because our food literally provides our body with what it needs to function, an imbalanced or inadequate diet can lead to problems in any organ system. Improper diet can lead to:

  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Osteoporosis
  • Atherosclerosis and coronary artery disease
  • Hyperlipidemia and high cholesterol
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Arthritis and joint pains
  • Headaches and migraines
  • GERD
  • Anemia
  • Chronic infections
  • Fatigue
  • Emotional problems

Eating disorders are also treated naturopathically in the SCNM Clinic, often utilizing supplementation, IV nutrition, mind-body therapies, and homeopathy. Treatments are useful for:

  • Anorexia
  • Bulemia
  • Binge eating
  • Orthorexia

Naturopathic physicians can provide you with a variety of dietary options. Some patients prefer to feed their body with only plant-based foods, while other patients want to be on a diet with healthy sources of meat. There is no “one-size-fits-all” diet, so your physician will work with you to develop the best plan for you.

Even after learning what foods to eat and what foods to avoid, there is a lot more to learn about eating healthy. What foods should you buy organic? Where can you get affordable organic produce? What are some healthy meals you can make for your entire family? How do you eat healthy on the go? These are questions your naturopathic physician hears all the time, and you will be given the knowledge and tips you need to adopt healthy eating habits that last.

The physicians at SCNM are equipped to provide you with nutrition goals for general wellness and also for specific conditions. Different health conditions can signify nutritional deficiencies or intolerances that can be addressed with dietary changes and focused nutritional supplementation. Your food will be your medicine and you can get healthier with every meal.

A healthy diet and nutritional program can prevent and/or reverse many disease processes. Feed your body what it needs and enjoy a healthy you! Click here to request an appointment with an SCNM physician, student clinician or resident, or call 480.428.3232.