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Nutritional Therapy is an individual-centred approach to healthcare that employs assessment and intervention using nutritional, lifestyle-based and related health sciences. The key focus of Nutritional Therapy is to achieve wellbeing and good health by balancing and sustaining the function, structure and energy process of the body. This approach recognises that diet and lifestyle are among the factors that most profoundly influence the body.
Nutrition and lifestyle approaches to healthcare have been shown to support the health of all the major systems of the body: skeletal, muscular, nervous, respiratory, cardiovascular, digestive, excretory, hormonal, immune, reproductive and integumentary (skin, hair and nails).
Everyone has a doctor in him or her; we just have to help it in its work. The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well. Our food should be our medicine. Our medicine should be our food.Hippocrates
We will eat around 35 tons of food in our lifetime. We want most of that to nourish us. To give something to the body rather than take something away from it. Sugars, refined foods and damaged fats can deplete the body of nutrients and provide very little in the form of nourishment. A varied diet of complex and natural foods provides the body with the tools and energy it needs to function well.
The digestion and absorption of nutrients is a complex process that can break down, particularly as we age. Digestive problems are amongst the most common that I see in my practice, but they can be fairly easily resolved. It is crucial that they are of course, for the best of diets cannot nourish well if it is not absorbed well.
Even healthy foods may not nourish some. What suits one, may not suit another – one man’s meat is another man’s poison as the saying goes. The foods we put into our mouth need to be identified as safe and nourishing. This is the job of the immune system. If your immune system reacts to a particular food stuff it can lead to a whole chain of health problems. Food intolerances are not unusual. Sometimes these can be resolved by improving digestive function – and sometimes we are simply better off without certain foods.
Food as Information
We could see food as information. Vegetables, fruits, herbs, spices, complex carbohydrates and protein foods contain a complex array of vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals that the body interacts with. Even small changes to the diet can have a profound effect. The body can take in that new information and make positive changes. You can choose to change how your body responds by choosing to change your very next meal. It can be as simple as that. Rather than digging our graves with a knife and fork, we can choose to enhance our body’s self-healing and rejuvenating capacity.
We are indeed much more than what we eat, but what we eat can nevertheless help us to be much more than what we are.Adelle Davis