Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food. ~Hippocrates

Archive for February, 2014

Take One Small Step at a Time

“When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use. When diet is correct, medicine is of no need.”

– Ayurvedic Proverb

Every day at work I am struck by the fact that the majority of patients I see have preventable illnesses. While genetics may predispose some of us to certain conditions, it is not inevitable that we succumb.

When dietary factors are ignored and we fall ill, it is often too late. We might improve or manage the condition, but rarely will we eliminate it once it has taken hold.

Research suggests that the risk for obesity can start as early as exposure in the womb. While it doesn’t doom someone to a lifetime of fighting it, it does predispose a person, meaning vigilance is even more important.

The symptoms of heart disease and diabetes can be improved by weight loss. One is more energetic when feeding the body properly and getting exercise. It’s never too late to begin.

Take just one small step forward. Change just one thing toward improved health. When a habit is entrenched, take another small step. You will be rewarded with better quality of life, not only immediately, but in your golden years.

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