Dietary and Lifestyle Counseling
We all know a healthy diet and an active lifestyle are key factors to wellness, but many of us don’t know how to get started, don’t have the time, or pain makes it difficult.
Many conditions today can be more effectively treated with diet and exercise than by any other intervention. Diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, gastrointestinal problems, depression and anxiety can all develop as a consequence of what foods we choose to eat. Your Naturopathic Doctor will work with you to modifying your lifestyle to promote a healthy state of being. This may involve changing your diet, introducing a daily routine of physical activity, and learning new coping mechanisms. It’s important to find new health-promoting habits that fit into your life and eventually become routine.
While many of us know that consuming certain foods (such as sugar for example) can cause or contribute to illness, some offending foods are not as obvious. What is healthy for one person isn’t necessarily healthy for you. We can develop sensitivities to certain foods. Sensitivities can sometimes be difficult to pinpoint as the symptoms usually develop over time. If you experience any bloating, pain, headaches, ear infections, skin rashes, fatigue, diarrhea or constipation, thyroid dysfunctions, hormonal imbalances, mood imbalances, congestion or recurring colds, food sensitivities may be aggravating or even causing your condition. There are two main methods testing food allergies, the Elimination Diet and IgG/IgE Food Sensitivities Test. Discuss the pros and cons of both methods with your Naturopathic Doctor to see what best suits your lifestyle and needs.