Did you know that you could use Food as Medicine? The old saying “You Are What You Eat” has never been truer than it is today. Dr. Keith Kanter, a leading nutritionist and naturopathic physician, says, “Specific food cravings can indicate serious health problems including addiction.”
What summer time food cravings indicate and how they affect the brain is what N.A.M.E.D. (Nutritional Addiction Mitigation Eating & Drinking) is all about. Everyone knows that eating a healthy diet makes for a healthier body. Eating healthy also helps people with drug and alcohol addiction recovery by naturally suppressing opiate receptors in the brain.
With nutritional support the N.A.M.E.D. program helps increase the success of addiction recovery while lowering the relapse rate of addicts in recovery. Sugar and gluten stimulate opiate receptors, which increase the craving for abused drugs and alcohol.
The NA.M.E.D. menus are easy to prepare, taste great and feature organic and natural foods. Preparing food using this method can also be less expensive than traditional meals.
Using supplements to enhance the program is also important. Omega 3 fish oil to B-complex and others help to maintain a general healthy lifestyle. Reducing caffeine and getting 7-8 hours of sleep a night is another of the program.
In addition to working with people with addictions, the program also works with patients with mental illness. So now you know that you can use Food as Medicine!
air date: 5/20/16