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It has long been known that a nutritionally balanced diet improves a person’s mental and physical health and provides a general sense of well-being. However, an imbalanced diet or one that contains foods to which an individual is allergic or intolerant to may lead to adverse health conditions such as digestive disorders, low energy or mood swings.
Each person is different…
While there are general guidelines to a good, balanced diet and people should consume a wide variety of foods, a person’s unique biochemical make up may mean that he or she should eat certain foods and avoid others.
Nutritional Therapy (NT) looks at the individual’s diet and lifestyle in order to identify and correct biochemical imbalances that may lead to body dysfunction. NT works to locate the root of the problem and help the body heal itself.
A NT consultation enables the practitioner to make an in-depth analysis of an individual’s diet and discover the aspects that could be causing health problems.
Studies and research have shown that minerals, diet and vitamins can have a positive effect on certain conditions such as:
Migraines and headaches
Female hormonal and menstrual imbalances
Arthritis (improving life quality)
Lack of energy
Bloating, constipation, diarrhoea
Frequent colds and infections
Irritable Bowel syndrome
Preconception care – Pregnancy and post-natal nutrition
For all the conditions above a medical check up should have been done for the diagnoses of each condition.
The Nutritional therapist looks at the optimum nutrition which encompasses individual prescriptions for diet and lifestyle in order to alleviate or prevent ailments and to promote optimal gene expression through all life stages. Recommendations may include guidance on natural detoxification, procedures to promote colon health, methods to support digestion and absorption, the avoidance of toxins or allergens and the appropriate use of supplementary nutrients, including phytonutrients. Nutritional therapists advise on each person’s unique dietary and nutritional needs for metabolic and hormonal homeostasis, using a variety of biochemical and functional tests to inform recommended protocols and programmes.
Nutrition in pregnancy main points of importance:
The baby needs minerals, vitamins, essential fats, some fats, proteins and carbohydrates to develop in the womb as well as grown in the last stages. The first 12 weeks are quite important as well as the hearts, the brain and all the basis of the baby is formed, the rest of the 6 months are about growth and make that beautiful planned baby into a more define body (the first 12 weeks is making the baby imprint, the rest of the months is about defining all the details).
The mother needs to supply the baby with all these nutrients as well as getting rid of the toxins formed in the baby especially in the last few months of the pregnancy. The mother needs to be in her optimum nutritional status for the baby and her own health. The mother body will give all the nutrients that the baby needs even if she is low, leaving the mother with deficiency of many nutrients if she is not eating properly and with as much nutrient efficient as she needs to be. Iron needs to be at its optimum state by the 3rd month in the mother so that she or the baby will not be low in the last stage, iron is one of the things that the milk, even breast milk will be low if the mother is low on that and the baby will not have much till he/she starts other foods. It will take a long time for the mother and baby to get to the normal iron state.
Other nutrients that are needs are essential fats (omega 3 and 6) for the developing of the brain and nerves function in the baby. The mother again needs to have a good supply for her to be able to retain some of her own essential fats and make sure that the baby has got plenty when in her womb and after as well. These are only two nutrients that essential for the baby and the mothers, the list is greater than these, and the mother nutrition during pregnancy is very important to supply them to the baby and herself in order to feel great after the birth and ready to function well. ….Atopic parents (prone to allergies or have allergies) can also affect the baby when born or when breastfed. A varied diet or even eliminating the food that the mother knows that herself or the father is reacting to, also helps the baby to have a reduced reaction to these foods.
© Maria Esposito BSc (Hons) R-Nutritional Therapist – NAET – R-Craniosacral therapist – NLP – Certified Angel Guide