It’s been known for centuries that the food you eat affects your health. In today’s world, the incidence of cancer and chronic disease is at an all-time high and continues to rise.

In general, doctors consider that the equation calories in < calories out = weight loss is an oversimplification for some patients. In addition to the relation between caloric intake and activity, several other factors contribute to a patient’s overall health and, therefore, to his or her actual ability to lose weight in a sustainable and healthy way. These factors include:

  • Psychological stress levels
  • Exercise history
  • Dietary history
  • Hormone balance
  • Quality and amount of sleep
  • Toxic chemical exposure (for example, alcohol, tobacco, processed foods, caffeine, and pharmaceutical drugs)

All of these factors are considered to influence metabolism either directly or indirectly, because metabolism is thought to be affected by lifestyle and hormone balance and not just by heredity and caloric intake.

In the words, a healthy metabolism has the appropriate balance between anabolic and catabolic reactions. From a naturopathic medicine perspective, the foundation for successful, healthy weight loss and maintenance is through healing the metabolism by balancing these two processes.

Generally speaking, our philosophy is to find natural solutions like dietary changes, herbal supplements, relaxation techniques and physical exercise to treat your specific condition and use medications only when the alternatives don’t work. Even if you disagree with our approach – give it a try – and you will be amazed with the flow of energy in your new revitalized body.