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Food & Drink

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Food & Drink


The right foods help you not only to live but to live well. People often do not realize their food choices affect the way they feel, both physically and emotionally.

Why are food and drink important?

Making healthy choices about what you eat and drink is a powerful way to care for yourself. Food and drink give our bodies the fuel used to work properly, stay healthy, and fight disease. Choosing foods that nourish rather than harm your body may help prevent chronic conditions and the need for certain medications in the future. Food can also be used to help treat some health conditions.

The resources offered here will help you manage your food and drink for better health and well-being.

How can I use food and drink to improve my health?

You can use food and drink to improve your health in many ways. The list below will give you some ideas on how your Whole Health can be improved through food and drink. Different people will have different needs and goals. Your primary health care team and a dietitian can suggest which foods to eat and which to eat less for each of the issues listed.

  • Reduce pain and inflammation
  • Manage weight
  • Control blood sugar levels
  • Increase gut health
  • Reduce symptoms of disease
  • Maintain or improve your mood and behavior
  • Influence your sleep


An Introduction to Food and Drink

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