Nutritional Therapy was a major puzzle piece to taking my health to the next level. I had figured out what foods worked and didn’t work for me, went organic, what factors in my environment (that I could control) where having negative impacts, and made drastic changes to my schedule for better stress management. I was starting to think that my health was as good as it could get.
I was wrong, I was missing some small but key factors that took my health to the next level. I discovered these key factors though nutritional therapy.
Nutritional therapy is a holistic and functional approach to nutrition. Let me define holistic and functional, because those words are starting to be used in many different ways. (5)
Holistic means looking at something or someone as a whole. Allopathic or conventional medicine compartmentalizes and specialized so that a G.I. doctor (gastrointestinal) only treats the guts, nutritionist only works with diets, cardiologist only works with the heart… But the reality is that all body systems work together and communicate with each other. Functional or functional approach is within the holistic world and uses many medicine forms together. Finding the root cause and treating the whole person is important in the functional world, but the approach is different than allopathic. While using evidence based approaches to help, other non-conventional and often not yet accepted by mainstream scientific community. These are approaches that work for some or most people, but do not have a clear scientifically based reason why they work. (1,2,5)
It is important to have a scientific base or be evidence based. If research is showing something is effective, not effective, or harmful that is important to know. At the same time, everyone is different and has bio individuality. Bio individuality means we all have different genetics (born with), epigenetics (what’s turned on or off), and environments that play into our health. Since everyone is different and scientific studies are not perfect, sometimes there are tools or approaches that help someone even if it is not scientifically proven with evidence yet. The yet is important because we do not know everything and there are many great discovery’s happening all the time. Sometimes the positive health is achieved through correlation instead of causation. For instance, the celery juice craze. Celery is a great vegetable to have in your diet. But do you have to juice it and have a certain amount by itself to get benefits? No. Could it be that people feel better when they drink celery juice because now they are hydrated and drinking more fluid with electrolytes then they were before? Absolutely. Fiber is beneficial too, but that is taken out when juicing. (2,3,4,7,8)
Now that I have gotten some definitions out of the way
Nutritional Therapy Is:
A bio individual (personalized) approach to finding the root cause and addressing issues with nutrition and lifestyle changes. Properly prepared, nutritionally dense, and whole foods are Key. This allows for nutritional weaknesses to be addressed and supported through food, supplementation, sleep, exercise, routines, and lifestyle changes. All of these changes are looked at though a comprehensive foundational Lens. The foundations that are used are: Digestion, Hydration, Essential fatty acid, Blood sugar regulation, and Minerals. All while taking into account ancestral wisdom and allowing room for innate intelligence.
P.S.Stay tuned for future posts of what aspects of nutritional therapy helped me and I’ll be diving deeper
into each foundation.
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