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Holistic Nutrition Treatment Service in South Carolina

Holistic Nutrition in Today’s World

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”
- Hipporcates 460BC – c. 370

What Is Holistic Nutrition?

In simple terms, holistic nutrition is healing the body with whole foods. Whole foods are inherently complete and perfect in their natural state. They are as nature intended them. For instance, picture an avocado, a head of broccoli, or an egg – they contain balanced ratios of minerals, vitamins, fats, carbs, sugars, and other nutrients that are vital to the body. These foods are not altered or stripped of their nutritional content in any way. Our body knows how to break them down to utilize them for maximum energy. In the ancient healing practices of Chinese medicine, many whole foods are considered herbs.

Holistic nutrition looks at the ‘whole’ picture. For example, it factors in the soil quality of food. It impacts the nutritional value of the food, which in turn affects our health. Whole foods are most nutritious when organic, seasonal, locally grown, and fresh. A farmer’s market is a great place to begin your path to holistic nutrition!

How Our Food Has Changed

Food in our modern world has become more confusing than ever before. Trying to determine what food is good for us can be overwhelming. There are so many questions; is soy healthy? What about dairy? What does ‘all-natural mean? As man evolved, we ate what present in the natural world – vegetation, fruits, nuts, seeds, animals, and fish was. Yet, we have strayed far from this path to one where processed foods have become the “norm” that most people depend on to get through their day.


Many people don’t realize that the ingredients in most prepared foods are artificial – they are not food. Before eating something, ask yourself, “Would our grandmothers have cooked with these ingredients?” If you don’t recognize or can’t pronounce an ingredient on a label – don’t eat it!

Disease Often Related to Nutrition

In 1971 when President Nixon declared war on cancer, it was the 8th leading cause of death. Today it 2nd to heart disease. Obesity is now a national epidemic, and diabetes has become the 7th cause of death in the US. Especially concerning is the prevalence of diabetes in our children. Study after study has established the links between these diseases and diet.

Holistic nutrition can also play a key role in fertility. To quote William Keye, Jr., M.D., past President of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (2002). “…The more we discover about the effects of nutrition on fertility, the better advice we can give our patients.

Holistic nutrition addresses digestion, balance, and moderation for each person. Studies have shown that making the right food choices can prevent and help heal many health problems. Such as heart disease, autoimmune diseases, obesity, and cancer. The old saying goes a calorie is a calorie. Not so. Studies have found that when it comes to calories, it is not a democracy – not all calories are created equal!

Is There One Best Diet?

When it comes to eating and digesting, each individual is unique. You’ve probably heard the saying, “you are what you eat” well, “you are what you absorb.” Holistic nutritionists create diet plans tailored to each patient’s needs based on their current lifestyle and laboratory testing. Other key components of holistic nutrition are nutritional supplements and herbs. Merge Medical Center is a leader in the Charleston area for these kinds of treatments in holistic nutrition.

How Merge Medical Center Can Help You

  • We simplify health by educating our patients. We explain macronutrients, micronutrients, vitamins, minerals, and food combining. Empowered with this knowledge, our patients can make better food choices, whether at the grocery store or a restaurant.
  • We create personalized diet plans tailored to our patient’s individual goals and health needs that complement their busy lives.
  • We provide individualized lifestyle coachings, such as recipes and the know-how to prepare delicious healthy meals ahead of time.
  • We use the most up-to-date diagnostics to gauge your health.
  • We utilize nutritional supplements, herbs, acupuncture, and detoxification to facilitate the healing process.
  • Our recommendations are not unique for each patient, but change as patients become stronger and feel better.


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