On What the Doctor Orders

On better eating:  What doctors recommend for their patients will depend on many factors, including their immediate health concerns, lab results, their age, the degree of control they have over their diet, their resources (time, money, access to a kitchen), cultural beliefs and commitment to making a difference.  One diet does not fit all!  There are many common themes within many healthful diets.  And there are many health objectives that patients come in with that can be treated by diet:  Obesity, diabetes, heart disease, celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, arthritis, dementia, kidney stones, acne, dental caries, psoriasis, macular degeneration, allergies, hair loss, anemia, hypertension, arrhythmia, hepatitis, impaired renal function, migraines, epilepsy, among others.

On regular activity and exercise:  An exercise prescription is also dictated by age, injuries, health risks and concerns, control over their lifestyle, access to resources, time constraints, money, preferences, and level of commitment.

Exercise also has many aspects to it that are beneficial.  Cardiovascular and respiratory health can be improved, as can mental health, sleep quality, flexibility, tone, core stability, and balance.  Goals for regular exercise training can include endurance, power, speed, and strength.  Exercise can improve metabolism, mental health, reduce chronic disease risks, and improve both quantity and quality of life.  Exercisers tend to get outside more, tend to be more social, tend to get more fresh air, and tend to get more exposure to natural vitamin D.

So, how to prescribe diet and exercise….