“Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food” – Hippocrates
Proper nutrition is absolutely essential to good health. The old saying “you are what you eat” is actually true: our bodies are literally made from the nutrients that we absorb from food.
The foods that we choose to put into our mouths always have an effect on our overall health. Their effects can either be beneficial or harmful. Nutritious foods are like good quality construction materials for building our bodies. They are rich in the correct types and proportions of macronutrients (carbohydrates, protein, fats) and micronutrients (vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and phytonutrients) while at the same time containing few if any harmful or unusable substances.
According to the World Health Organization (http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs317/en/index.html ) 80% of cardiovascular disease, the #1 leading cause of death world, can be prevented with proper diet and lifestyle. Ultimately, you the patient, have the power to determine your own state of health with your daily diet and lifestyle choices.
There is so much misinformation and conflicting opinions about nutrition, that it can be difficult for families to know for certain which foods are healthful and which are not. As a result, most people end up eating mostly packaged/processed foods because they are easy, inexpensive, and readily available.
Dr. Manrique is truly an expert in maintaining health through proper nutrition. He received extensive training in naturopathic clinical nutrition while studying at SCNM and has personally tried all of the nutritional protocols that he recommends to his patients.
Although preparing healthful food takes work and commitment, it is definitely worth the effort! Dr. Manrique encourages each of his patients to take personal responsibility for the food that they and their family consume.
He considers each patient’s individual needs when helping them find creative ways provide nutrient dense, healing foods for their families.
Factors considered when developing nutritional protocols:
- Medical conditions
- Health goals
- Food sensitivities/allergies
- Financial constraints
- Time limitations