Functional food is part of The Sara Soulati Health For Life Program (SSHFLP). This is our lifestyle modification program with a targeted focus on functional food. Food strengthens physiological function and helps prevent, and decrease the risk of disease. Incorporating functional foods that are fortified, enhanced, organic, whole, non GMO, refined and anti-inflammatory helps restore optimum physiological function to prevent and reverse disease.
The SSHFLP is focused on teaching how functional food contributes to the prevention of disease. In her program, CEO Sara Soulati teaches the importance of plant-based nutrition and the use of whole and organic-rich foods with the complement of supplements.
Everyone has functional food at their fingertips. It could be heart-healthy granola with old-fashioned rolled oats, unsweetened coconut chips, sliced almonds, coarsely chopped pecans, unsalted pumpkin seeds, unsalted sunflower seeds with unsweetened coconut milk that help reduce levels of cholesterol. Perhaps you add flax meal to your baking and smoothies to add Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids to your diet. You can even create one of Sara’s green juice recipes that calls for a head of celery, cucumber, apples, Swiss chard leaves, kale, parsley, lemon, ginger, and turmeric. This recipe adds beta-carotene, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, among other nutrients.
In these photos, you’ll see the vegan soup that Sara Soulati prepared. It is full of vegetables and vegetable broth with herbs to flavor this extremely healthy functional food.
Functional food delivers a positive effect on optimal health that goes beyond nutrition basics to help reduce the risks of disease.
Proponents of functional food say they promote optimal health and help reduce the risk of disease. The Food and Drug Administration regulates the claims that manufacturers can make about functional foods’ nutrient content and effects on disease, health or body function.
Sara’s knowledge of which foods contribute to the best health comes from years of practicing health every day. Since she became a vegan in 1989, Sara has been learning every day about the importance of functional food and its impact on improving health.
More On Functional Food
Functional foods provide essential nutrients for growth, health benefits and normal wellness. These foods can be conventional foods that are fortified, enriched, or enhanced and dietary supplements.
Scientists are having difficulty distinguishing between food and medicine. There are “bioactive food components that can reduce the risk of chronic disease, improve quality of life, and promote growth and development,” according to the Institute of Food Technologists.
That means people need to be more aware of the relationship between food and disease. Today, we use food like medicine to help us stay healthy. People take daily supplements to help reduce cholesterol, boost the immune system, help with digestion, add necessary vitamin D to nourish bones and organs, and so much more.
The Sara Soulati Health for Life Program
CEO Sara Soulati practices lifestyle medicine. This is an orientation to functional food and its healing power over pharmaceuticals and conventional medicine. She is a strict vegan who understands the importance to her health and wellness by eliminating animal byproducts from her nutrition plan. Her hands-on knowledge about plant-based nutrition and the impact supplements have on her overall wellness provide the foundation for the Sara Soulati Health for Life Program along with the Sara Soulati EECP Method.
In her program, Sara teaches about screening early for disease risk factors, education about the impact of nutrition on overall wellness and disease prevention, treatment with Enhanced External Counterpulsation (EECP), daily assessment with instant feedback to measure vital signs and determine the effect of functional and whole foods on the body; and coaching with daily support and encouragement. At every step of the way, Sara stresses the importance of improving lifestyle with plant-based nutrition to prevent disease, lower onset of aging, and contribute to overall wellbeing.
When people take control of their future health destiny by practicing health every day, they can help control the onset and risk for disease, perhaps even prevent disease with minimal health involvement.