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Is Food More Like Medicine to Help Us Achieve Holistic Health?

added on: September 10, 2020
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There was a webinar panel discussion last month where health experts and lifestyle personalities weighed on why the foods we eat (and how much we eat) has a huge effect achieving a state of overall well-being — including your oral health. Your biological and holistic family dentist in Wilmington also believes in the power of the foods we eat to not only keep us going, but to also make us healthier.

Let’s learn more!

Not a New Concept

In the panel discussion called “Sekaya Prescribing Nature Transforming your Life with Food,” it was said that the idea of food being more like medicine has actually been around for thousands of years.

One of the featured guests was Dr. Oyie Balburias, a general internal medicine and Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM)-certified practitioner who attributes this idea to the one and only Hippocrates. He said while exercise and sleep are almost as important to helping us have a healthier smile and body, food plays a much more integral role than we might think.

“It’s nothing new, it’s been there and our body is not just pieces of organs. Our body is made up of energy and information fields and it’s functioning as a system,” said Balburias. He went on to say as we function as a system, our body then needs other substances to produce chemical reactions that help our bodies grow strong and maintain health.

Have You Ever Heard of “Culinary Medicine”?

Another interesting topic of discussion during the session was devoted to something called culinary medicine — a fairly new concept to your Wilmington biological and holistic family dentist. We were intrigued and interested in learning more about this concept.

Culinary medicine is a way to blend the art of cooking with medicinal science to quality meals that are designed to help our bodies prevent and treat diseases — this could apply to both your oral and overall health in such a positive way.

Dr. John La Puma, board-certified internal medicine physician and co-founder of ChefMD and Plant With a Doc, explained that culinary medicine mixes together “different parts of medicine, nutrition and biochemistry and internal medicine and the other kinds of subspecialty into a way to cook healthy and cook simply without saying any one diet is the best diet.”

Culinary medicine isn’t necessarily going to advise you to become a vegetarian or vegan, there are dishes from all styles of cooking and culinary traditions. It’s simply taking the time to rediscover how you cook to positively impact your oral and overall health. When you find the right nutrients, your body will respond better and function with less stress and pain. Make a promise to yourself and your smile today and ditch inflammation-causing foods for healthier options.

If you have any questions or want to learn more about holistic and biological family dentistry in Wilmington, you know you can always talk to your friends at All About Smiles.


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