While modern medicine concentrates on the treatment of symptoms and disease, holistic health seeks to maintain good health by looking deeply into the root causes of health issues and attempting to establish a stable basis for health.
It almost goes without saying that one cannot maintain good health without good food, so as you might expect, holistic nutrition is a central component of holistic health. The goal of holistic nutrition is to build a strong foundation for long term wellness and for recovery from existing problems.
Such a foundation consists of foods that benefit physical and mental health, support a strong immune system, and prevent disease. Here are five of the top holistic foods for healthy living.
Eating nutrient-dense foods is one of the keys to eating holistically. Of all types of fish, salmon is the most dense in omega-3 fatty acids: 2.8 grams per 100 gram serving. Omega-3 fatty acids are linked to a lower rates of dementia, heart disease, and depression, lower levels of “bad” cholesterol, and improved overall wellbeing.
Salmon also contains a lot of high quality protein, vitamins, and minerals, including magnesium, potassium, B vitamin complex, and selenium.
The best salmon to eat is wild rather than farmed. It is more nutrient-dense and has a better ratio of Omega-6:Omega-3. It is also less likely to contain potentially harmful compounds from commercial fish feed and agricultural runoff.
Kale is the healthiest leafy green. It has bioactive compounds, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. It contains very few calories and is high in isothiocyanates and indole-3-carbinol, compounds which have been successful in fighting cancer in animal trials.
One hundred grams of kale contain well over a day’s worth of vitamins C, A, K1, and B6, as well as potassium, magnesium, calcium, copper and manganese.
Seaweed is best known for its high content of iodine, which is used to make thyroid hormones. Eating iodine-rich seaweed on a regular basis can provide your body with all the iodine it needs, so there will be no need to use iodized salt. Seaweed is also high in calcium, magnesium, iron, and manganese, and it contains bioactive compounds such as phycocyanins and carotenoids, which are strong antioxidants with anti-inflammatory properties.
Clams are dense in vitamin B12, with 100 grams of meat having more than 16 times the recommended daily amount of that nutrient. Clams are also packed with vitamins C and B-complex, selenium, potassium, and iron.
Oysters are also nutrient-dense, with 100 grams containing well over the recommended daily amounts for zinc and copper, and high amounts of vitamins D and B12.
Research indicates that shellfish are nonsentient, and this makes them acceptable to some people who practice vegetarianism.
Garlic is loaded with the compound allicin, which has been shown to lower LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and blood pressure, while raising HDL (“good”) cholesterol. Both of these changes lower the risk of heart disease.
Garlic also helps lower the risk of cancers of the stomach and colon, and it is high in vitamins C and B-complex, and the minerals potassium, calcium, copper, selenium, and manganese.
Holistic nutrition can be part of a complete program of wellness that could also include bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), a medical weight loss program, thyroid optimization or other therapies or services. To learn more in San Mateo, Lafayette, Santa Cruz, and Monterey, CA, schedule a free consultation online with Evolved Medical or call us at (888) 925-4568.