Posted by Dr. Scott Wilson | 11-07-2014
As you’ve probably heard, Health Canada recently came out with a series of proposed changes to the structure and content of food labels. While some might argue that this is long overdue, it’s at least a clear indication that with an aging population, rising health care costs and an increasing body of scientific evidence linking diet and disease, Health Canada is taking the subject of dietary wellness more seriously. YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT: While this is an important wake-up call for the food industry, it’s also an important one for us as well. The fact is that, aside from the obvious sensual and social aspects, eating is really about providing our bodies with the nutrients we need to keep us energized and to keep our systems functioning. While eating a balanced diet with lots fresh/natural foods and limited portion sizes does this well, eating large quantities of highly processed and chemically modified foods not only does this very poorly, it can also lead to a number of chronic health conditions including heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and some cancers. We are what we eat and making good food choices (with the aid of comprehensive and easy to understand food labels) is a critical first step to achieving dietary wellness and optimizing our longer term health. KNOWING HOW YOUR FOOD AFFECTS YOU: However, because we’re all different and because our bodies change significantly as we age, achieving dietary wellness may require more than just eating the right foods. It may require an understanding of how our bodies react to specific foods, including those that are considered healthy, so that we can avoid or eliminate food intolerances. While some of us are born with food intolerances, for many of us, they tend to develop as we age. In either case, intolerances can result such things as headaches/migraines, sleeplessness & chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, constipation, bloating, nausea, weight management issues, congestion and joint pain. So they should definitely be taken seriously. While it can be very difficult to identify food intolerances, programs such as the Hemocode Dietary Wellness System can actually make this a fairly simple process. Eating a healthy diet is one of the keys to getting and staying healthier. However, doing so means not only knowing what’s in the foods you’re eating but also knowing how your body reacts to specific foods. While it might seem like transitioning your diet is a complicated and confusing process, the good news is that there’s more information and more programs available than ever before to help make this transition a relatively simple, straightforward and incredibly rewarding process. If you need help with improving the quality of your diet or if you’ve been experiencing symptoms similar to those described above, please don’t hesitate to give us a call. Remember, at Physiomed… Healthier Starts Here.