The following is an excerpt from an article I found of interest. I've had many…
How true the old saying continues to ring true, even in the modern world of integrative medicine. As more research and clinical applications of nutritional-based therapies gain the public’s attention, it has become obvious the foods we eat are playing a crucial role in our own health.
Food has a direct impact not only on digestion, but also in areas seemingly unrelated, such as Cardiology, Immunology, Neurology, Rheumatology, Endocrinology and even Psychiatry.
The ongoing work and evidence-based research done in functional medicine begins with diet modification, and more specifically, by “eliminating” certain food groups felt to be “pro-inflammatory” for the body. The more inflammation the body has to contend with, the worse off the patient’s health may become over time. An “anti-inflammatory” diet is the solution to this, and the Institute of Functional Medicine recommends eliminating problematic foods to determine whether or not these are acting as “pro-inflammatory” foods. Examples include wheat gluten, cow dairy, soy, corn, and sugar.