What type of advise do you give about nutrition?
A lot of confusing information exists about nutrition today. We know proper nutrition plays an important role in promoting health and preventing disease. Studies have shown how a healthy diet can reduce the risk of debilitating diseases such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, and cancer. Dr. McReynolds recommends eating a predominantly fresh, live and whole food diet. Foods in their natural state contain natural enzymes, vitamins and nutrients essential for health. Dr. McReynolds will develop an individualized program for you based on your condition and needs. In general, keep things simple:
•Eat lots of fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts/seeds, beans/legumes, sprouted grains, fermented foods, and sea vegetables.
• Eat unprocessed, non genetically modified, and organic foods.
• Eliminate processed foods, caffeine, processed sugar, refined sugars, trans-fat, flour.
Why eat whole foods?
Whole foods are your best sources of vitamins and minerals. They offer many benefits over supplements:
• Whole foods are complex so they contain many micronutrients your body needs, not just one. Oranges contain not only vitamin C, but also beta carotene, calcium and other nutrients. A vitamin C supplement lacks these other nutrients.
• Whole foods provide dietary fiber which is important for digestion and can help prevent cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Adequate fiber can also help prevent constipation.
• Fruits and vegetables contain phytonutrients/phytochemicals , which may help protect against cancer, heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure. They are also good sources of antioxidants, which slow down cell and tissue damage.
Should I supplement?
Yes. Here's why everyone should supplement:
•Most people are not getting the nutrients they need today. With the modern pace of life many say they are “too busy” to eat right or they simply make poor food choices, which often means eating a lot of processed food. It’s estimated that 77% of people eat less than 5 small servings of fruits and vegetables a day!
•In addition, our croplands are depleted, so even when we are eating optimally, our soils are not providing us with the nutrients we need.
Unfortunately, vitamins alone can’t begin to replace the thousands of different nutrients found in fresh fruits and vegetables. Studies show that pill supplements don't have the same preventive effects as their whole food counterparts, which provide a complex of nutrients that single supplements can't replicate. When supplementing, whole food supplements should be used.
Dr. McReynolds combines the knowledge from research, labs, and QRA to determine what supplements your body requires.