The science of nutrition studies the relationship between the foods we eat and our health, and seeks to explain metabolic and physiological responses of the body to diet. Health is the most valuable asset in life. By taking care of our bodies, not only do we prevent diseases and increase life expectancy, but we also greatly improve the quality of our lives. The type, quality and quantity of food we eat has a profound effect on our health and well-being. The goal of whole food nutrition is to provide the optimal amount of macro nutrients (proteins, fats, and carbohydrates), micro nutrients (vitamins and minerals), phytonutrients (plant alkaloids) and vital factors (enzymes) that ensure and restore and maintain the body’s normal function.
“Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food.” – Hippocrates, circa 400BC
Whole food nutrition should not be confused with “diet” in the temporary sense; the radical, but temporary shift of eating habits that can result in dramatic, unsustainable weight loss.
Rather, real nutrition refers to a lifestyle of permanent and conscientious effort to improve and modify what and how we eat and conduct ourselves for the sake of improved health, life, and longevity.
Everyone will improve and benefit from an individualized diet plan based on individual, specific needs and preferences. Whether you are healthy and trying to maintain your vitality, or you have chronic illness and are attempting to improve your condition; whether you are young or old, you will experience increased energy, while reducing or optimizing weight, preventing chronic diseases, and adding overall quality to your life. Ultimately, through sound, whole food nutrition, you can achieve a balanced life of happiness and fulfillment.
Nutritional therapy for dietary counseling includes the following:
- Assessment of dietary intake
- Individualized nutrition & diet counseling
- Encouragement of moderate physical activities
- Reinforcement of dietary principles during follow up visits including evaluations of your body’s response to diet
The fundamental goal of whole food nutrition is to provide your body with inner power to heal itself. Deficiencies, excesses, and imbalances in diet can adversely affect health, leading to chronic fatigue, headaches, indigestion, back pain, weight gain, allergies, insomnia, and, consequently, can cause numerous debilitating diseases.
Proper nutrition plays a major role in the prevention, treatment, and cure of most diseases and sicknesses. Vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, enzymes and fibers found in our food are the strongest defense against premature aging, obesity, diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, arthritis, osteoporosis, allergies and many other illnesses.
Our bodies are naturally designed to maintain optimal health, and when given the proper fuel and routines, they naturally heal themselves.
If you are tired of living a life plagued by any of the limitations listed above, consider a wellness evaluation today.