DIET SHOP | Core Principles in Functional Medicine
Functional Medicine starts with food. Food is energy, medicine, and connection. The basic principle of this is that eating a wide variety of high-quality, whole, and mostly plant-based foods is truly powerful medicine that improves health and hinders the development of disease.
Food is not just calories you take in; it is also a source of information for the body. With every bite taken, food has the ability to turn on or o genes that control disease risk, lifespan, and metabolism. Certain foods can impact blood sugar, or even trigger allergic reactions, inflammation, or autoimmune responses. Food has the potential to provide the body with what it needs to function at its best level. If the body isn’t given the right information, it won’t work well, and an individual’s health may decline. If too much food is taken in—or if the food gives the body the wrong instructions—a person can become simultaneously overweight and undernourished and can increase their risk of developing many different diseases.