Acupuncture helps to bring your body into balance so that it can heal itself, but if you continue to introduce into your body or life what is causing the imbalance you will never see the full benefits of a healthy life. A person’s diet is very commonly the cause of this imbalance. This is where nutritional therapy comes in to your treatment.
Nutritional Therapy treats the body as a whole while seeking the root of the health concern, rather than simply treating the symptoms.
Nutritional therapy is an evidence-based approach that is bio-individually formulated nutritionally and through lifestyle to help a person maximize one’s health and life. It promotes the benefits of good, wholesome, unprocessed foods as well as the therapeutic effects of certain foods for certain health concerns.
With nutritional therapy, we will evaluate the five foundations that are causing your concerns. The five foundations are digestion, hydration, blood sugar balance, minerals and fatty acids.
With digestion, I’m sure you have heard “you are what you eat”. But with nutritional therapy we take it a step further, “you are what you absorb”. What this means is that eating a nutrient-dense diet is essential, but you must actually absorb the nutrients you eat to benefit from them.
Adequate hydration is so important! Water is the most important nutrient in the body. It makes up 60% of a person’s total body mass. Adequate hydration helps your cells to perform at their best and also helps to flush out toxins in your body.
Blood sugar balance does not only apply to diabetics. Keeping your blood sugar stable provides stable energy and helps the body naturally balance weight. You will also find that when you don’t have the big blood sugar swings your mood balances out and you will have less inflammation in the body.
Minerals are the foundation of many key processes in the body. They not only build bones but help with hormone regulation, muscle contractions, and much, much more.
Fatty acids are required for stable energy, brain function, hormone balance, and satiety. So many people are “fat phobic” but studies show that including healthy fats in your diet is very beneficial.
When you decide to pursue nutrition therapy we will start out with some questionnaires about your health history, health presently, medications and other symptoms. You will also fill out a food, mood, and poop journal. This will not only help me to see where we can possibly tweak some of your food choices but will also be very eye opening to you about the correlation of your food, your mood, your poop, and how you feel overall.