Your Refrigerator is a Medicine Cabinet

basket of fruitby Leona West  – originally published by Celebrity Society

“Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food.”  –Hippocrates (460-377 B.C.)

FOOD AS MEDICINE

Whether we realize it or not, we are creating our bodies, our inner health, outer appearance, our mood and energy levels with every meal every day. The good news is that foods considered the most beneficial for our health are also some of the most delicious and enjoyed foods around the world. Some of these foods are wild fish like salmon; berries, tomatoes, organic yogurt; whole grains like quinoa; vegetables like spinach and broccoli, onions and garlic; beneficial fats from almonds and walnuts, avocados and extra virgin olive oil; as well as herbs and spices like turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, oregano, green tea and even small amounts of dark chocolate and red wine! Read More


Eating Your Way to Stronger Immune Function!

by Leona West

Maintaining a healthy immune system can be as straightforward as diet.

Eating for immunity can be as simple as eating local and seasonally available foods.

When we eat according to the season, we eat fruits and vegetables that are naturally abundant during specific times of the year.

For example, in the cooler months of the year we see more hearty greens, yams, and gourds. Whereas in the summer, foods that naturally complement warm weather, such as watermelon and strawberries, are more common. Read More


Understanding Your Blood Work: 4 Important Levels to Monitor for Health

by Leona West

Functional medicine is a form of medicine that views the body as one whole, integrated system.

In conventional medicine, deficiencies and steps leading up to a disorder are often overlooked.

Unlike conventional Western medicine, which divides the body up into multiple systems, functional medicine looks at how these systems relate to one another.

While functional medicine excels at treating chronic disorders, it is also used in preventative care. Read More


Functional Medicine: A Whole Body Approach to Autoimmune Disease

by Leona West

Functional medicine is a form of Western alternative medicine that views the body as one whole, integrated system.

Unlike conventional Western medicine, which divides the body up into multiple systems, functional medicine looks for the root cause of a collection of symptoms.

Oftentimes, multiple symptoms of disease can arise in several places at once. This is especially true of chronic diseases, which can take years, usually decades, to fully develop. Read More