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Prebiotic Foods for Postbiotic Abundance

As commensal gut microbes break down prebiotics through fermentation, metabolites are generated that may contribute to system-wide health benefits. Short-chain fatty acids are just one example, and these postbiotics demonstrate positive health effects, from enhancing the intestinal barrier to bacterial cross-feeding.

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Detoxification: Supporting Liver Function With Nutrition

Food and nutrients that support liver biotransformation may help alleviate toxic burden, allowing the body to operate more efficiently and improve resilience.

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Applying Food Plans Within Collaborative Care Teams

Martha Calihan, MD, describes her practice and how she leverages a collaborative care team to holistically treat patients. One point of intersection among care providers on the team is the use of food plans. Dr. Calihan discusses how she prescribes a food plan and gives practical tips for engaging the patient and helping them adhere to the plan over time.

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Food Insecurity and Chronic Disease

Nutrition interventions are essential strategies for combatting many chronic diseases, yet food insecurity and limited access to affordable, nutritious foods may impede such efforts. A robust patient-practitioner relationship is not only important to empower the patient in their health journey, but also to meet the patient where they are in order to develop the most effective treatment plan.

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Engaging Patients in Nutritional Therapy

Nutrition-based treatments are fundamental components of many therapeutic strategies used to combat chronic illness and restore optimal health. Patient participation and empowerment are important components of personalized treatment strategies for sustainable engagement and successful interventions.

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The Power of Functional Nutrition

Research indicates that disease prevention and surgical recovery are improved when supported by proper nutrition. However, clinicians are rarely offered even basic nutritional training in medical and osteopathic school, a study of incoming pediatric residency interns showed. Perhaps unsurprisingly, many patients do not have optimal nutrition, and at the same time, we are experiencing record levels of chronic disease.

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Food First: Dietary Change Improves Outcomes

A food first approach to treatment encapsulates the idea that changing eating habits can be an effective first step for many patients, and the improvements that they experience can serve as empowering feedback, motivating them to make other sustainable lifestyle changes.

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See How IFM’s Food Plans Improve Patient Outcomes

IFM’s therapeutic food plans may be personalized by nutrition professionals to best suit each of their clients’ therapeutic needs and restore health. Read more to learn the why and how.

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Therapeutic Food Plans: A Component of Personalized Nutrition

In partnership with the American Nutrition Association, IFM is offering a new online learning course called Therapeutic Food Plans: A Component of Personalized Nutrition.

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Healthy Food Preparation: Reducing Toxicant Exposure

In the modern world, chemicals are all around us—in the air we breathe, the food we consume, and the items we use for everyday life—but armed with knowledge, people can make choices that limit their exposure. Understanding potential toxicants in the kitchen and taking practical steps to improve biotransformation are essential elements of an integrative approach to your patients’ health and well-being.

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Nutrition and Mental Health

While a balanced diet may help bolster mental wellness for management of daily life stresses, dietary patterns and overall diet quality may impact the prevention and treatment of mental disorders.

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Terry Wahls, MD, on New Research Into Diet and Lifestyle Treatments for Autoimmunity and Beyond

IFM recently interviewed Dr. Wahls about the latest research coming out of her lab and the new additions to the latest version of her book.

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