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How to Use Food as Medicine with Dr. Mark Hyman

In the world of wellness, nutrition plays a critical role in maintaining optimal health and preventing chronic disease. In this context, Dr. Mark Hyman, a leading physician, author, and advocate of functional medicine, is an expert who has been extensively researching the relationship between food and health for decades. Dr. Hyman shares his insights on how to use food as medicine and how our diet can significantly impacts our overall health and well-being with the Heal Squad team. From explaining the root causes of chronic disease to offering practical advice for a healthy diet, this episode is a must-listen for anyone looking to improve their nutritional habits and lead a disease-free life. Here are tips on how we can use food as medicine and nourish our bodies for optimal health from Dr. Mark Hyman.

How to Use Food as Medicine with Dr. Mark Hyman
Emphasize whole foods

Eating whole foods is one of the most critical aspects of a healthy diet. Whole foods are minimally processed and provide a range of nutrients that are essential for optimal health. Examples of whole foods include fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds. When you consume these types of foods, you’re not only nourishing your body, but you’re also reducing your risk of chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.

Pay attention to gut health

Gut health is crucial for overall health and well-being. It plays a significant role in the proper functioning of our immune system, digestion, and brain health. To maintain a healthy gut, you should focus on consuming probiotics and prebiotics, which can help promote the growth of beneficial gut bacteria. Foods such as yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi, and kombucha are rich in probiotics. Prebiotic foods, such as garlic, onions, asparagus, and bananas, can help feed the good bacteria in your gut. But if you feel you might have gut issues, a functional medicine doctor or naturopath can help get you on the right path. All of our doctors on the show say that most disease starts in the gut, so a healthy gut is KEY! 

Focus on lifestyle changes

Making lifestyle changes is essential to achieve and maintaining good health. Lifestyle changes, such as regular exercise, stress management, and getting enough sleep, can improve overall health and reduce the risk of chronic diseases. Incorporating regular physical activity, practicing meditation or yoga, and aiming for 7-9 hours of quality sleep each night are just a few examples of lifestyle changes that can have a significant impact on your overall health.

Address environmental toxins

Environmental toxins, such as pollution, pesticides, and heavy metals, can have a significant impact on our health. These toxins can disrupt our hormones, damage our DNA, and contribute to chronic diseases. To reduce your exposure to environmental toxins you can switch to natural cleaning products, natural makeup & skincare products, eat organic foods, and filter your drinking water.

Consider functional medicine

Functional medicine is a holistic approach to healthcare that focuses on identifying and addressing the root cause of chronic diseases rather than just treating the symptoms. It emphasizes a personalized approach to healthcare, taking into account an individual’s unique genetics, environment, and lifestyle factors. Consider seeking out a functional medicine practitioner who can work with you to optimize your health and address any underlying health issues.

Listen to your body

Listening to your body and paying attention to how it responds to different foods and lifestyle factors is essential for maintaining good health. This means being mindful of how your body feels after eating certain foods, getting enough sleep, and practicing stress-management techniques that work for you. By paying attention to your body, you can make more informed decisions about what you eat, how you move, and how you manage stress, which can have a significant impact on your overall health and wellbeing.

Dr. Hyman’s emphasis on whole foods, gut health, and functional medicine provides valuable insights for those looking to improve their health and well-being and as he says, for those wanting to stay young forever! By making small changes to your diet and lifestyle, you can take control of your health and live a happier, more fulfilling life.

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