Diet therapy is a broad term for the practical application of nutrition
as a preventative or corrective treatment of disease. This usually involves the modification of an existing dietary
lifestyle to promote optimum health. However, in some cases, an alternative dietary lifestyle
plan may be developed for the purpose of eliminating certain foods in order to reclaim health. For example, the latter kind
of diet therapy is often recommended for those who suffer from allergies, including those
that are not food-related. Elimination diet therapy is often found to be helpful in improving
symptoms associated with attention deficit disorder and hyperactivity in children.
There are also a number of diet therapy
models that are intended to target or promote greater resistance to specific conditions. Often, these diets are named after
a particular region or culture that regularly consume certain kinds of foods and are relatively free of certain diseases.
For instance, the Mediterranean Diet stresses the use of healthy sources of monounsaturated fat, such as olive oil. It’s
also abundant in lean meats, whole grains, and fresh fruits and vegetables, while red meat and dairy is limited. Studies have
shown that those who embrace this kind of diet can significantly reduce cholesterol levels and the risk of heart disease.