Why are you sick? It’s the question health experts work to find the answer. “There are a lot of different reasons for different conditions and symptoms to occur,” said Julie Hill, a registered dietitian with Lee Health.
Hill is part of a team approach to find what’s caused a symptom or condition—by first taking a closer look at the patient’s family history and environment. “What is the real reason why they have become either sick or have a condition or a symptom? We look at the environment, so their food, water, exercise, stress, sleep, all of those things and all of the things we think about with lifestyle really play a huge role in the development of these conditions,” said Hill.
A new symptom or condition is a key sign that something is not working right in the body. Patients are referred to a nutritionist by their primary physician in hopes of finding out what’s causing the body problems. “A lot of times working backward and figuring out where these really occurred and where they came from can be really helpful to that person. There’s an emotional and psychological connection to how we feel,” said Hill.
It could be a nutritional deficiency, lack of sleep, lack of exercise, or too much stress. “We have to look at the lifestyle. Our sleep is huge. It plays a huge role in how we feel. Our diet definitely plays a huge role, said Hill.
Modifying what and how a patient eats could help eliminate their symptoms. “It does involve eating a considerable amount of vegetables and clean foods, so looking at the organic, non-GMO, and free range of animals if they are eating animals as a protein source,” said Hill.
Finding out what’s causing the patient not to feel well is the first step in helping them make positive changes---putting them on a healthy track to feeling better.
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