Food Is Your Best Medicine

Henry G. Bieler

Nutrients in food sustain and affect all of the body’s functions. These allow for tissue growth, energy storage and provide specific components for essential physiological processes. But food is more than mere fuel for building blocks and energy supply. A person’s diet runs their mental capabilities and takes crucial part in strengthening the immune system, metabolism and brain function.

A nutritionist is an expert that provides advise on the fields of food and nutrition, and their impact on health. They advise people on what to eat in order to ensure the body is performing at its full potential and is able to achieve specific health-related goals. Bearing in mind genetic predispositions, intolerances, allergies and preferences nutritionists provide personalized information for each patient. After assessing the individual’s current diet and health needs, a meal plan can be developed alongside general recommendations to support ongoing objectives and treatments.

Good nutrition is a critical component of a healthy lifestyle. Over time a diet and its consequences can evolve due to the complex physical, psychological and social factors that are interconnected and shape an individual’s dietary patterns. Combined with physical activity, a healthy diet can help patients reach and maintain an optimal weight, reduce the risk of chronic diseases (such as heart conditions and cancer) and improve their overall well-being. Nutrition has the power to address the root causes of chronic medical conditions and therefore is a determining component of health. 

Saskia Hebrard

Dietician - Member ASDD, Nutritionist-ASCA