Sovereign Health Group’s most recent monthly networking event at its San Clemente, California, location, held Wednesday, November 13, 2013, featured a presentation by Cindy Dupuie, certified nutritionist and founder of A Living Balance. She works with clients suffering from a variety of illnesses including digestive problems, cancer, diabetes, inflammation, anxiety, depression, and more, using functional medicine as the basis of her practice.
Functional medicine focuses on curing illness from the inside out. Instead of treating symptoms with medicine, functional medicine treats the whole individual, using food, supplements, herbs and other alternative practices to bring an individual back to complete health and well-being.
Cindy’s lecture focused on the role living foods play in wellness and why they make an important basis of a person’s diet. Most of the standard American diet, or SAD diet, as she described it, is filled with foods that contain preservatives, chemicals, sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and trans fat, which are not only unhealthy, they replace nutritious, living ingredients.
Living foods, on the other hand, are nutritious and fuel the body and brain. To know if something is a living food, you can perform a simple test. Just leave the food out. If it goes bad within a few days, like growing mold, then it is living. Alternatively, if it has a shelf life of months or even years, then it has preservatives and other chemicals that kill the food.
Human Body Not Designed To Digest Chemicals
The human body was not made to digest chemicals, preservatives, and non living foods, so eating these foods often leads to chronic illness. Many of the most prevalent preventable diseases, like diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and more, can be attributed to chronic inflammation caused by an unhealthy diet.
Additionally, many mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, food addiction, and substance abuse likewise can be caused or influenced by a poor diet, lack of nutrients, and chronic inflammation, especially in the brain.
Additionally, many of the processed foods found in the markets feature no real nutrition, offering only empty calories. When you eat empty calories, all you receive is energy, and short lived energy at that. Your body obtains no nutrients, which can lead to fatigue, depression, anxiety, and other issues.
The prevalence of empty calories also creates an imbalance in the body, which eventually manifests as some kind of disease or disorder. As an eye opener for the audience, Cindy detailed an ingredient list from a so-called healthy food, demonstrating how even what many consider healthy foods still feature very unhealthy ingredients.
Benefits Of Living Food
Unlike non-living food, living food features not just essential nutrients but also enzymes that are essential for digestion, making it easier for the body to digest and utilize the nutrients. With a weakened digestive system, which often happens with those recovering from substance abuse or eating disorders, you cannot get the nutrition needed from the food you eat, leading to disease and physical or mental problems. That means it is even more important for those in recovery to eat a healthy, nutritious diet.
Another important correlation between a healthy diet and mental disorders and substance abuse is that food plays an essential role in creating neurotransmitters, like serotonin and dopamine. The neurotransmitters become disrupted through intoxication and addiction. In normal intoxication, the disruption wears off.
However, with chronic use and addiction, the body makes changes to account for the disruption. The body then needs the drug to maintain a certain balance, although tolerance to the substance continues to build. Therefore, successful recovery from addiction must include rebalancing the neurotransmitters in the body.
Healthy Digestive System
Having a healthy digestive system and diet supports a person’s aids someone’s recovery from addiction providing the necessary neurotransmitters. Around 80 to 90 percent of the body’s serotonin is created in the gut, and the body must have adequate amounts of the B vitamin complexes and essential amino acids in order to create neurotransmitters.
Through eating healthy foods, the body is able to create the necessary neurotransmitters and other important body hormones and chemicals, aiding in the complete withdrawal from a substance.
People In Pain
For people suffering with addiction, eating disorders, and/or mental disorders, like the clients treated at Sovereign Health Group, learning to eat healthy is an essential part of the road to recovery. To heal and recover, the body needs to have adequate nutrients. For this reason, nutrition education plays an important role in all the programs at Sovereign Health.
Whether a person is in treatment for alcohol addiction, drug addiction, an eating disorder, mental health problem, weight problem, or a co-occurring condition, when they enroll in one of the Sovereign Health treatment programs, they learn about nutrition and the importance of healthy eating in the road to recovery.
A Successful Event
The networking event was well attended and everyone enjoyed the talk. It ended with a cooking demonstration: how to create healthy and delicious tacos using walnuts, mangoes, avocado, collard greens, spices, and other very healthy ingredients. For more information about Cindy and her practice, visit her website here. For information on future networking events at Sovereign Health Group, click here.