Optimize Your Health
You know that you are what you eat. Good nutrition helps you maintain a healthy weight, is essential for all your body’s systems to function optimally, and even helps maintain your mental health. But you may not realize that some foods cause inflammatory reactions in your body that you’re not aware of. Get an in-depth understanding of your body’s relationship with the fuel you feed it and make changes that can make a healthy difference.
Q. What is Nutritional Therapy?
Nutritional therapy is based on the premise that optimal health can be achieved with dietary evaluation and modification, often eliminating the need for synthetic medications and their array of side effects. Although some conditions require synthetic medication, many forms of disease stem from imbalanced nutritional habits and can be relieved by eating the correct foods, which include whole foods, eliminating processed foods and white foods such as sugar and bleached flour products, and reducing the intake of other hunger-inducing carbohydrates.
In addition to exploring and adjusting what types of foods need to be eaten, nutritional therapy is about increasing awareness of how food is eaten, where and how the food is grown and prepared and what old beliefs regarding the role of food need to be examined and, perhaps, reconsidered. It may be recommended that nutritional therapy include customized and monitored supplements and vitamins to maximize health and energy levels.
Q. What is a Food Inflammatory Assessment?
80% of your health and ability to recover is based on how well you eat. A food inflammatory assessment will determine which foods are harming you. This can be quite revealing as most inflammatory reactions are not appreciated immediately with the consumption of the offending food. This assessment differs from food allergy tests, which can be misleading as they evoke a different response in the blood and are not as reliable. Vital Life Health Alternatives practitioners will work with you to identify your own inflammatory food reactions and prepare the optimum eating plan for you.
Q. What is Involved in the Assessment?
Your practitioner will gather information about your symptoms and your lifestyle and nutrition choices, which are linked. He or she can pinpoint emotional and nutritional links at the root of your illness just by observing and listening to you. You will also be asked to provide information about your genetic history or undergo specific genetic testing to see how your genes contribute to any issues you have. Finally, lab work that tests serum, hair and urine will help to identify deficiencies.
Q. What Conditions Does Nutritional Therapy Address?
Some conditions that respond well to nutritional therapy include chronic fatigue, insomnia, depression, backache, asthma, headaches and various skin disorders.
Nutritional therapy is a system for healing disease, but it also benefits individuals who have no specific illness. People who feel they are in good health and want to maximize it can maintain optimum health and longevity with nutrition â€“ a safe therapy with documented positive results including:
- Maintaining healthy weight and energy levels
- Muscle strength
- Bright eyes
- Lustrous hair
- A clear complexion
For more detailed information about specific regimens for nutritional therapies and how they help a variety of conditions, click here.
Q. How Long Does Nutritional Therapy Last?
Nutritional therapy generally requires meeting every 2-4 weeks to assess progress and make changes accordingly. As you improve, you will have a solid understanding of which foods to eat and which to avoid, so fewer meetings with your practitioner will be necessary.
Ideally, you would meet with your doctor three to four times per year as your bodyâ€™s needs change with the seasons and with age. This is the idea of preventative medicine, to watch for changes as they develop instead of waiting for them to become diseases.