Nutrition And Food

Food is a main cornerstone of functional medicine. The meals we eat affect nearly every system in the body since our body takes its energy from the vitamins and nutrients we digest. From anti-inflammatory responses to improvements in brain function, your diet can drastically improve your overall health.

We know that each person’s relationship to food is different. That’s why you’ll meet one-on-one with a functional medicine practitioner to work on a personalized treatment plan that supports your unique body’s needs. 

 

Fruits and vegetables are rich sources of nutrients, along with whole grains, legumes, herbs, spices, nuts, seeds, and teas. In general, we want to eat more colors—green, yellow-orange, red, blue-purple, and white. To promote good health, it is important to eat fruits and vegetables of varied color each day. Aiming for one to two of each color per day is a healthy goal to strive for! 

Ultimately, our diets provide our bodies with the energy they need to promote overall health. Diet is not just about “counting calories.” At Tennant Institute, we promote healthy relationships toward food so that all members can embrace longterm and sustainable lifestyle choices.

PHYTONUTRIENT FOODS

Benefits of Reds

Anti-cancer

Anti-inflammatory

Cell protection

Gastrointestinal health

Heart health

Hormone health

Liver health

Benefits of Oranges

Anti-cancer

Anti-bacterial

Immune health

Cell protection

Reduced mortality

Reproductive health

Skin health

Source of vitamin A

Benefits of Yellows

Anti-cancer

Anti-inflammatory

Cell protection

Cognition

Eye health

Heart health

Skin health

Vascular health

Benefits of Greens

Anti-cancer

Anti-inflammatory

Brain health

Cell protection

Skin health

Hormone balance

Heart health

Liver health

Benefits of Purples

Anti-cancer

Anti-inflammatory

Cell protection

Cognitive health

Heart health

Liver health

Benefits of Whites/Tans

Anti-cancer

Anti-microbial

Cell protection

Gastrointestinal health

Heart health

Hormone health

Liver health

Need help sticking to a healthy diet? I recommend to all my patients to check out Nourishing Meals, where you can find hundreds of expertly crafted recipes designed to help you with your specific illness.

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