Here at Edge we have skilled practitioners that can help you address some of your health issues through addressing your diet. We offer food allergy and sensitivity testing as well as gut biome, gluten sensitivity, and small bowel overgrowth testing. Whether you’re trying to lose weight, deal with food allergies, detoxification, or improve your energy levels, our practitioners can help you figure out what diet will best address your issues and help you meet your health and wellness goals. Read on for a list of diets our practitioners can help you utilize in order to meet your goals.
A ketogenic diet is a diet high in fat, with adequate protein, and low carbohydrates. This diet forces the body to use fats as fuel rather than carbohydrates. In a ketogenic diet the carbohydrates in the body are so low that rather than converting carbohydrates into glucose to fuel the body, the liver will convert fat into fatty acids and ketone bodies. The ketone bodies then pass into the brain and replace glucose as an energy source. When this happens many notice weight loss, clearer thinking, and increased energy.
While a ketogenic diet can be heavy in animal protein, it can be done as both a vegetarian and vegan diet. Our practitioners can help you set up the diet plan and schedule that best suits your dietary needs.
In a paleo diet, food that is presumed to have been available during the paleolithic era are consumed. There are many variations of this diet, but it typically includes vegetables, fruits, nuts, roots, and meat. Dairy products, grains, sugar, legumes, oils, salt, alcohols, and coffee are generally avoided. Variations of this diet are often made to allow adequate consumption of calcium and vitamin D. These types of variations have evolved the diet to be referred to as the “modern paleo” diet.
Fasting in its generic definition is simply the abstinence of food, drink, or both for a period of time, generally at least 8 hours after food consumption. There are many types of fasting diets. A full fasting day describes a fast that lasts 23 hours or longer. A partial or intermittent fast refers to a diet in which a person consumes all of their calories for the day during an “eating window”, typically 5 hours or less, and then refrains from eating the other 19 hours during the day, although fluids may be consumed. A water fast consists of strict consumption of only water during the fast. While people have fasted for religious reasons for thousands of years, modern medicine has found that periods of fasting can improve cardiovascular health, decrease diabetes, improve metabolism, and increase mental alertness.
Various types of fasting can be used to assist in the treatment of many health conditions. They can also be used in conjunction with other diets such as the ketogenic or paleo diets.
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