Food can’t cure or eliminate risk, but it can help prevent and treat disease. Although "disease" is much too broad a category to address the specific benefits of nutrition, know that what you eat can either help or hinder your recovery. Don’t mistake the positive correlation between proper nutrition and disease prevention to mean it’s a certainty. Unfortunately, no diet exists that erases all disease, but there are diets that certainly reduce risk. It’s a delicate balance, and one that requires expert advice.
We've included a brief list of common diseases and popular diets, but it's not the same as an endorsement or recommendation. After your health evaluation, we will create a programme that addresses your unique needs and includes the best food to fuel your body and fight disease.
- ALZHEIMER'S: The MIND diet includes high intake of green leafy vegetables, nuts, berries, beans, whole grains and fish; and low intake of red meat, wine, butter, cheese and sugar. The DASH diet is also popular for people suffering from Alzheimer's.
- PARKINSON'S: Eating a well-balanced diet is important and can help ease commons symptoms from both the disease and medication used to treat the disease. Constipation is a common problem, which can be helped by drinking at least eight glasses of water per day and increasing the amount of fibre-rich food you eat. Learn more here.
- CANCER: Much research has been done to understand the relationship of nutrition with both prevention and treatment of cancer. The results are conclusive: eating a healthy diet helps. Read more here. Eat a diet rich in fruit, vegetable, lean meat and whole grains. Skip sugar, alcohol and processed food.
- MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS: The Swank diet was developed in the 1940s and remains one of the most popular diets to help treat MS. The Paleo diet (also called the hunter and gatherer diet because it follows what humans would have eaten as cavemen) has little clinical proof of its benefits, but a lot of personal success stories. The Med diet is another popular choice. Above all else, eat healthy food, avoid junk and give your body what it needs to function.
- TYPE I DIABETES: This type was once called insulin-dependent. It is an auto-immune disease that cannot be treated by diet, but can be helped. In general, people with Type I Diabetes should avoid food high in sugar, fat or empty carbohydrates; and eat a diet rich in whole grains, vegetables, fruit and lean protein.
- TYPE II DIABETES: This type is sometimes referred to as insulin-resistance. It is often associated with obesity and can be treated with diet and exercise.