Diet, Nutrition and Food as Medicine
Food is a powerful healer! Nutrients, phytochemicals and other food components influence how the body function. Many components of food are beneficial and involved in restoring and enhancing health, as well as preventing disease. However, there are some food components that can contribute to health issues. The key is to identify the challenging foods and replace them with alternatives that enhance health. This is one aspect of Nutrition Therapy. It also applies the traditional and proven scientific benefits of food with a practical approach that helps integrate dietary changes into a busy lifestyle.
There is endless debate on this subject and a huge amount of scientific research some of which is contradictory. Constant investigation is required to keep up to date with the latest research and new ways to prepare and cook food. This information is used to prepare a dietary and nutritional personalized plan that is specifically tailored to you, by being based on your health journey, health goals and dietary needs. Where necessary functional tests may be recommended to assist the assessment and provide further understanding of any health issues and possible root causes. It supports wellbeing from a holistic standpoint and is designed to work alongside your doctor’s medical advice.
There are some factors that are common amongst a wide range of diseases, such as inflammation and impaired blood sugar balance.
Focusing on reducing chronic inflammation can alleviate and may prevent serious and complex health issues. Often we don’t know it is present, but it is a risk factor that can be a causative factor. One of my key objectives is to lower inflammation to restore health thereby prevent the development of complex disease.
- An anti-inflammatory diet
- Balance the intake of fats to protect the body against possible damage caused by inflammation
- Use herbs that have been shown to disrupt the inflammatory processes
- Addresses lifestyle issues to encourage healing and maintain health
Optimal blood sugar levels stabilizes energy and results from eating the correct balance of protein, fat and carbohydrates in every meal. This allows the body to efficiently burn the fuel and finish the digestive process prior to the next meal, resulting in an increase of energy and the elimination of cravings.