“Food as Medicine” is really the basis of Naturopathic medicine. For most conditions, ND’s will start at the basics of nutrition and lifestyle in order to remove “obstacles to cure”. This means that we need to make sure that the body is getting what it needs in terms of its basic micro-nutrients (vitamins and minerals), macro-nutrients (protein, fats and carbohydrates), and hydration.
In addition, there are important elements of digestion that need to be optimized in order to gain your best nutrition from your food.
When food is not enough, in certain conditions, ND’s may use encapsulated, liquid, or powdered nutrients to fill the gaps. This is called “therapeutic nutrition”.
Education on proper cooking methods, food combining, fermented foods, and special diets may also be discussed.