What is Nutritional Therapy?
Nutritional Therapy is an assessment of your nutritional status and how your diet could be affecting your health now and in the future.
Nutrient deficiencies occur even in a diet where abundant food is available.
The nutritional content of processed foods and over farmed foods is questionable and it is not always easy to know what foods are the most toxic and what foods are the most health promoting. Most people eat the same foods day after day just put together differently. This can cause foods sensitivities as well and deficiencies.
The foods that we eat are the body’s raw materials to use for building, repair,
protection, energy and growth. The body needs Vitamins and minerals every day. There are thousands and thousands of chemical reactions in the body that need co-factors at all times. These include B Vitamins, Minerals, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin D, essential fatty acids and many many more. The metabolic process depletes all these nutrients, as does stress, hormones, alcohol, smoking, pollution, damaged fats, medications and processed foods.
A therapist will also asses your digestion and gut microbiome. If you can’t digest and absorb even healthy foods this can lead to inflammation, nutrient deficiencies like iron, magnesium and B Vitamins and in turn lead to many health conditions. If you have an imbalance in the microflora (bacteria) due to antibiotics, infection or poor diet then foods cannot be digested in a healthy way, which causes toxicity and eventually health issues.
Nutritional Therapy is a personal guide for you to learn about your own nutritional needs and to use food as a tool to optimal health and to protect the future of your health.
The food we eat for breakfast dictates our energy for most of the day.
The foods we snack on decide whether we feel tired or alert by the afternoon.
The amount of fresh fruit and vegetables we eat may affect our immunity.
The type of fats and proteins that we eat can encourage disease later in life.