Functional Medicine

A Balanced Diet

A balanced diet is considered as essential to a healthy life and lifestyle. It is important to eat a balanced array of foods, and any meal should typically be made of 1/3 carbohydrate, 1/3 protein and 1/3 vegetables. The BBC Website has a good page on balanced diet. A good meal in the evening might consist of 1/3 fish, 1/3 brocalli, carrots and 1/3 rice. Or for a lunchtime snack a salmon sandwhich would be ideal, consisting of bread (carbohydrate), fish (protein) and salad (veg). This way you are getting a wide variety of everything. If you eat a range of meats throughout the week and eat 80% ‘good food’ to 20% ‘not so good food’ then you should be kept in balance. In addition to this it is a good idea to eat fish, which contains omegas. There is much research being done about omegas and the way it helps the brain develop for example. FoodPolitics has a good example article on how omegas can help. This is just one example of many that constitute into positive research into the benefits of omegas. Also the nutrients that the vegetables provide is heavily proving to be beneficial to many areas of health and could consitute a reform of the way mainstream medicine is provided in the future.

The other important factor to remeber is to drink lots of water. Water has many benefits. For example, it can help detoxify the liver if you are taking medication which can help reduce the side effects.

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Diet is a wide, interesting and complex subject. If you want a tailored solution to your diet then we have experts who can help you with this from measuring the levels of vitamins and minerals in your body we can tell what foods you specifically need to eat in order to help with your health, and in particular any illness or health problems you might have. See http://www.privategp.com/nutrition-and-diet.html for more information.