If you want to know where the REAL medicine is, let me introduce you to the phytonutrient. Also called phytochemicals, these are plant-derived compounds (“phyto” means “plant”) that have a lot of amazing properties. These include:
- The ability to remove free radicals in the body;
- Stopping inflammation in the vessels and organs;
- Improving the power of the cells in the immune system;
- Eliminating the oxidative damage in cells, and
- Deactivating cancer causing agents.
In short, Phytonutrients are why your mother always told you to eat your vegetables!
Most of us will undergo some type of surgical procedure in our lifetime, or be faced with chronic wounds that just won’t seem to heal. Especially for those with Diabetes, wounds and infection can be a major problem, leading to amputations, pain, and recurrent hospitalizations.
Healing from any cause, whether postoperatively or from chronic wounds, is a complex process that is heavily influenced by diet and nutrition. In order to heal properly, FoodTherapyMD uses specific plant foods in order to:
- Decrease in inflammation. Decreasing inflammation reduces pain, improves wound healing, and makes blood clots less likely to occur.
- Boost immune system function. A strong immune system prevents the chance of infection.
- Increase blood flow. Adequate blood flow to the surgical site or wound is vital for the healing process.
- Stabilize blood sugar levels. Even if you are not diabetic, stable blood sugars in the optimal range improve healing and lessen the chance of infection.
“Whole Food Plant-Based diet” is a term you’re going to hear A LOT on FoodtherapyMD. It is the cornerstone of nutritional medicine, and the key to any program that professes to improve health and longevity. However, people still have questions about switching to a whole plant-based diet, mostly because we have been fed conflicting and dangerous information about health and nutrition by those that seek to profit from sickness. Here are some of the commonly asked questions: