These Foods Enhance The Helpful Properties of Common Meds

Experts Cited: Dr. William Li
Written by
Brian Leddy
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Food and medicine can be a dynamic duo, working together to supercharge your health! It's not just about what you eat, but also how it interacts with your medications.

Dr. Mark Hyman and Dr. William Li delved into the topic of how the food we eat can not only help us detoxify our systems, but further trigger our body's natural healing processes. They also discussed how some foods can interact with certain medicines to further enhance beneficial properties.

Expert: Dr. Mark Hyman

Field of Study: Functional Medicine & Nutrition

Bio:  Dr. Hyman is a New York Times bestselling author focusing on the subject of food and we can use it to better our health. He believes food is medicine and diet and lifestyle are key to impoving longetvity.

Here's just a few foods that can team up with your meds to enhance their effectiveness and minimize side effects.

Foods for boosting effectiveness:

Grapefruit and Statins: This citrusy fruit can boost the cholesterol-lowering power of certain statins, but be sure to check with your doctor first, as it can also be risky with some medications.

Vitamin K and Warfarin: If you're taking warfarin, a blood thinner, keep your vitamin K intake consistent. This helps your doctor adjust your dosage for optimal results.

Broccoli Sprouts and Cancer Drugs: These tiny powerhouses can enhance the effectiveness of certain cancer drugs, giving your body an extra boost in the fight against cancer.

Foods for mitigating side effects:

Ginger and Nausea: Feeling queasy from chemo or pregnancy? Ginger can be a natural remedy to soothe your stomach.

Probiotics and Antibiotic-Associated Diarrhea: Antibiotics can wreak havoc on your gut, but probiotics can help restore balance and keep things running smoothly.

Fiber and Statin-Induced Muscle Pain: If statins are causing muscle aches, upping your fiber intake might help ease the discomfort.

Remember, always talk to your doctor before making any major changes to your diet, especially if you're taking medication. They can help you navigate the world of food-medicine interactions and ensure you're getting the most out of both.

By understanding how food and medicine interact, you can unlock a whole new level of health and well-being. It's time to harness the power of your plate and take charge of your health!

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Brian Leddy CEO & Co-Founder, BodyStack (FDN-P)
Certified Functional Diagnostic Practitioner (FDN-P) and owner of Leddy Functional Wellness. Formerly an Adweek Executive and Media Entreprenuer, Brian pivoted his career to focus on inspiring and coaching people from all walks of life to make positive strides in their respective health journeys. Brian is a Co-Founder, and now serves as the CEO of BodyStack.
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