The food we eat greatly influences our health and well-being, which we often forget in today’s busy world. We over rely on processed foods and often maintain suboptimal nutrient levels i.e. experience lack of the basic raw materials to function at our best. Other environmental factors like intensive farming, pollution and stress further compromise our health and lead to vital nutrients deficiency. Hence we have a significant rise in chronic health problems and complains of low energy, fatigue, cognitive impairment, digestive problems and other symptoms of ill-health.
Nutritional therapy however is not just about general healthy eating advice. People eating so called ‘heathy diet’ often feel they are not in optimum health. This is because we are all unique and have different needs. The same food can be a medicine for one person and a kryptonite for another. The symptoms may also be exacerbated by exposure to toxins including bacterial overgrowth in our gut, allergies or chemicals. Other factors may involve impaired digestion, absorption, hormonal and immune system imbalances. The role of the nutritional therapist is to analyze different body processes and identify any imbalances. The goal is to create a personalized nutritional and lifestyle plan that will support your optimal health and performance. It also has to be practical and achievable, however busy your schedule is. Such a programme will support your wellbeing and peak performance as well as ensure good health later in life. Instead of depleting our limited reserves we can work on optimising our health now to have abundant energy levels and great health while we age.