Eating For Convenience or Nutrition
Since early times, people have developed food cultures on the basis of available products and their dietary needs. While these traditions have evolved over time, they have always been rooted in nutrition and locally available produce. However, with increasing urbanization and globalization, food industries completely disconnected from these traditional concepts have emerged, the most prominent of which is the fast-food industry.
How Can a Healthy Diet Help Keep Disease at Bay
We especially need to pay attention to what we eat when we are sick so we can give our bodies the nutrients it needs to heal.
“We have known for literally decades that 80 percent of all chronic disease and premature death that happens in the world around us is completely preventable just by routine physical activity, not smoking, and eating optimally. The only complicated variable in that is eating optimally.”
David Katz, MD, founder and CEO of DietID in Detroit.
There are many research studies to prove that certain diet plans are scientifically supported to help prevent many chronic diseases like diabetes, lower blood pressure and LDL cholesterol, and even treating Alzheimer’s & Dementia. “Diet truly is medicine, not just prevention, not just health promotion — literally treatment and reversal of disease,” says Katz.
Dieting for Health
However, there is one type that is different from the rest - The Ayurvedic diet. It is not just a diet plan but a lifestyle based on an eating pattern focused on promoting balance within your body by following guidelines for your specific 'dosha' , or body type.
The Ayurvedic diet emphasizes eating whole foods, which can improve your overall health and boost weight loss. The diet also encourages mindful eating, a practice that may promote a healthy relationship with food.
The evidence of a healthy diet to achieve optimal health is so strong, that some clinics have now launched ‘Shop with your Doc’ programs, where the doctor accompanies patients when they go grocery shopping in supermarkets to get them to buy healthier foods.