Recently I have been getting the question, What is Nutritional Therapy and why would I need to see a nutritional therapist? Below is a concise answer to all of you who have been asking.
What is it? Nutritional therapy provides a foundational approach to health. Nutritional Therapy Practitioners seek to detect and correct imbalances in the body caused by general life stress and dietary deficiencies, through a holistic approach. Nutritional therapy teaches the importance of a properly prepared whole foods diet that nourishes the body and restores it to optimal health.
Who is it for? Everyone/Anyone wanting to reach optimal health! As nutritional therapists, we help our clients find the right type of whole foods that nourish, bring balance to the body and enhance each client’s ability to heal. Based on the concept of bio-individuality, there is no one perfect diet for everyone.
Are you experiencing the consequences of a poor diet?
Digestive/GI Issues Food or environmental/seasonal allergies Low Libido Low Energy Chronic Fatigue Hormone Imbalance/PMS/Menopause Fertility Problems Sugar Cravings Auto Immune Disorders Cardiovascular Disease Chronic Pain Inflammation Weight Problems Mental Health Issues Much More
T H E F O U N D A T I O N S :
Digestion: Every cell that makes up every tissue that makes up every organ depends on the body’s digestive system to provide the nutrients it needs to keep functioning.
Blood Sugar Regulation: If blood sugar regulation is not working efficiently optimal health cannot be achieved. Dysregulation disrupts all aspects of human physiology; energy, tissue integrity of every organ and blood vessel, hormonal balance and brain health.
Mineral Balance: Humans do not produce minerals, therefore we must get them through the food we eat. At least 18 of the 103 known mineral are necessary for good health.
Fatty Acid Balance: Contrary to popular belief, a fairly high percentage of good fats are required for optimum health. Healthy fatty acid deficiency is an epidemic, which can lead to musculoskeletal, endocrine, cardiovascular and immune issues, allergies, skin problems and depression, etc.
Hydration: Water is the most important nutrient in the body. Water cannot be stored in the body making daily consumption essential for a healthy body.
Properly prepared, nutrient-dense, whole food diet: provides the ultimate foundation leading to optimal health
When there are weaknesses in the foundations, consequences arise and the only way to eliminate these consequences is to address and support these foundations.
Where to start? Start with a diet rich in nutrient-dense, whole foods. Aim to have your daily caloric intake come from 30% Protein, 40% Carbohydrates and 30% Fat (adjust from there for your individual needs). Drink a minimum of half your body weight in ounces of water (for example: 100 lbs./2 =50 oz.)
Jamey, NTP, CPT