Food As Medicine

Buckwheat honey for a cough, peppermint for IBS, turmeric for arthritis, Chia seeds for high cholesterol, salmon for inflamation…“I think most people think food can’t possibly be as potent as drugs, but I see the powerful direct benefits all the time,” said Dr. Melina Jampolis, in a recent discussion with CNN and posted in an article on Fox8.com. A small, growing number of physicians are “prescribing” foods not only for weight management, but also to prevent and treat chronic diseases and CNN spoke with medical nutrition experts to unearth the specific foods they recommend. And you don’t have to be a chef or nutritionist to take advantage of these healthy choices.
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Dr. Stork Connects Diabetes Prevention To Healthy Weight

Dr. Stork DiabetesDr. Travis Stork addresses how a healthy weight optimizes your health, in particular the prevention of diabetes in his book: “The Doctor Is In.” He quotes the following stats from the National Institutes of Health:

~ A healthy weight reduces your risk for type 2 diabetes.  More than 85 percent of people with type 2 diabetes are overweight.

~ The Diabetes Prevention Program, a large clinical study sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, found that losing just 5 to 7 percent of your body weight and doing moderate-intensity exercise for 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week, may prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes.
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