Welcome to the Food Rx app. We are a program of the Seeding Greatness Foundation and Vegan R Us. Our tagline is Let food be Thy Medicine. That quote is from the Ancient Greek culture. It was penned by Hippocrates, considered the founder of Greek medicine.
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Eat well and be well. Eat plant-based, Vegetarian, or Vegan and you are on your way to saying goodbye to unhealthy Rx pills and unnecessary side effects, some a nuisance and some outright deadly.
What you choose to put into your body has profound effects on your overall health. Research shows that dietary habits influence disease risk and provide strong medicinal and protective wellness qualities.
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FoodRx is your Healthy Foods app for nutritional wellness.
Hippocrates (400 BC) knew it, “Let food be thy medicine.”
Your grandmother knew it, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”
Your mom knew it, “Eat your vegetables!”Ancient wisdom never goes out of style.
Our mission at FoodRx is to provide innovative nutrition tools and information to promote optimal physical and mental health and healing.
To work so no one in America, and globally goes hungry,
We believe in an integrative and functional approach to health and healing described by The Institute of Functional Medicine as personalized medicine that deals with primary prevention and underlying causes instead of symptoms. Functional medicine is a science-based, solutions focused and compassionate field of health care that is grounded in the following principles:
Biochemical individuality describes the importance of individual variations in metabolic function that derive from genetic and environmental differences among individuals.
Patient-centered medicine emphasizes “patient care” rather than “disease care,” following Sir William Osler’s admonition that “It is more important to know what patient has the disease than to know what disease the patient has.”
Dynamic balance of internal and external factors.
Web-like interconnections of physiological factors – an abundance of research now support the view that the human body functions as an orchestrated network of interconnected systems, rather than individual systems functioning autonomously and without effect on each other. For example, we now know that immunological dysfunctions can promote cardiovascular disease, that dietary imbalances can cause hormonal disturbances, and that environmental exposures can precipitate neurologic syndromes such as Parkinson’s disease.
Health as a positive vitality – not merely the absence of disease.
Promotion of organ reserve as the means to enhance healthspan.
Thus, many people argue that food is medicine.
Yet, diet alone cannot and should not replace medicine in all circumstances. Although many illnesses can be prevented, treated, or even cured by dietary and lifestyle changes, many others cannot.
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This article explains some of the medicinal effects of food on your body and mind
Many nutrients in food promote health and protect your body from disease.
Eating whole, nutritious foods is important because their unique substances work synergistically to create an effect that can’t be replicated by taking a supplement.
Vitamins and minerals
Although your body only needs small amounts of vitamins and minerals, they’re vital for your health. However, Western diets — high in processed foods and low in whole foods like fresh produce — are typically deficient in vitamins and minerals. Such deficiencies can substantially increase your risk of disease.
For example, insufficient intakes of vitamin C, vitamin D, and folate may harm your heart, cause immune dysfunction, and increase your risk of certain cancers, respectively
Beneficial plant compounds
Nutritious foods, including vegetables, fruits, beans, and grains, boast numerous beneficial compounds, such as antioxidants.
Antioxidants protect cells from damage that may otherwise lead to disease
In fact, studies demonstrate that people whose diets are rich in polyphenol antioxidants have lower rates of depression, diabetes, dementia, and heart disease
Fiber is an essential part of a healthy diet. It not only promotes proper digestion and elimination but also feeds the gut. Thus, high-fiber foods like vegetables, beans, grains, and fruits help protect against disease, decrease inflammation, and boost your immune system.
On the other hand, low-fiber diets are associated with an increased risk of illnesses, including colon cancer and stroke
Protein and healthy fats
protein and fat in whole nutritious foods play various critical roles in your body. Amino acids — the building blocks of protein — aid immune function, muscle synthesis, metabolism, and growth, while fats provide fuel and help absorb nutrients. Omega-3 fatty acids, which are found in foods like fatty fish, help regulate inflammation and are linked to improved heart and immune health.
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