You hear it and read about it all the time: Eat a healthy diet. However, this is an abstract concept and what is considered “healthy” is certainly a matter of opinion. The USDA has its food pyramid, but many physicians and nutrition experts disagree with the perimeters set in this basic outline of food intake. So, if you are trying to eat a healthy diet, how do you determine what is best for your body?
The problem with the concept of a healthy diet is that a one-size-fits-all approach is not right for everyone. Yes, we have the same nutritional requirements, but our bodies do not all react the same to certain foods. Many people have food allergies and sensitivities that can turn seemingly healthy foods into a poison to their body. Others may be insulin sensitive and react poorly to certain carbohydrate foods. A diet that makes one person energetic and fit can make another fatigued and overweight.
The only way to know exactly what type of diet is healthy for you is to customize it based on your nutritional needs and specific health. To do this, you need to know how the foods you eat affect you and what foods are good or bad for your system. This can involve keeping a food journal to track what you eat and changes in your body, weight, mood or energy levels. It can also involve seeing a naturopathic physician that specializes in nutritional balance.
A naturopathic doctor can perform blood tests and other evaluations to determine the best diet for you to follow. Checking for nutritional deficiencies, food sensitivities/allergies and other health problems is the first step to creating a diet that is healthy and designed for your specific health goals.
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Wholistic Medicine Specialists of Atlanta
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