Vitality & Well-being
Educating yourself about good nutrition, gives you the tools for better health now and in the future. Plus along the way you’ll help the environment and encourage better animal welfare.
We live in an age where it is hard to work out what is best for health. Manufacturers have driven down the health of millions of people in their efforts to make more and more profit, convincing people
that their foods are safe.
Can a healthy diet help to prevent aging, decline in health and progression of disease?
The food choices we make are vital to the health and well being of every single cell and system in our body.
If we choose well, then the cells and systems are nourished, cleansed and supported.
Many things cause aging. This is not just aging of the skin so that we look older, but more widely: organ,
joint, nerve tissue, muscle, bone and endocrine aging.
Consumption or exposure to toxins like smoking, pesticides, alcohol and heavy metals are very damaging to the structure and
health of your cells and tissue. Creating a high need for nutrients like vitamin C and Selenium.
Too much fat, especially animal (saturated) and trans fats (heated) and hydrogenated- even
too much ‘good fat’ can be unhealthy, espcially if you don't have a diet awash with antioxidants like vitamin E
Sugary foods and refined carbohydrates (refined grains),
including white flour products, even some whole grain carbohydrates.
There are good reasons why a Nutritional Therapist will ask you to remove certain foods from your diet if you want to have more vitality and feel healthier.
Our environment, food, homes, clothing and transport are all full of toxins that the human body simply was not designed to cope with. Our food has been denatured, poisoned with plastic fats, packaging, refining and additives. Even fresh fruit and vegetables if not organic are steeped in pesticides and heavy metals – just because you can’t see them does not mean they are aren’t there. These build up in our bodies over time until one day it is too much and disease is triggered.
The best way to ensure the elimination pathways are working efficiently is to do a gentle but thorough detoxification every year and make sure that dietary and lifestyle habits are changed to aid the body’s necessary daily detoxification.
This is a list of signs that could be due to heavy toxic load – but you should always get any of these symptoms checked by your doctor. Cleaning up your diet and removing certain foods and substances can help.
- Unclear head, with no real cause
- Loose or poorly formed stools
- Dark or cloudy urine (or strong smell)
- Fatigue (even after rest)
- Skin problems – blotchiness, eczema, oily skin, psoriasis or acne
- Personal body odor, not just sweat – even after bathing.
- Dull or yellowish sclera (whites of eyes)
- Dull headaches
- Puffy skin – as if water retention
- Sore or stiff joints
- Regular feeling of nausea
- Feel nauseous after drinking moderate amounts of alcohol
- Have taken medications or drugs on regular basis.
- Regular alcohol binges
Beautiful Skin, Clearer complexion, brighter eyes, shinier hair, nicer nails, cleaner breath – good nutrition can help with all of this.
Dietary changes can be the fastest most effective way to change the way you look. Adding extra nutrients to the diet can have an amazing effect on the overall vitality and look of a person. For example, many people don’t realise the affect of low intake of Essential Fatty Acids has on the skin. It can be dry, perhaps flaky, or dull and lifeless or even sensitive.
Nutrients like Vitamin C and B Vitamins are vital for healthy looking skin, especially in those that smoke, consume alcohol or even do a lot of exercise.
Spices like turmeric have a high antioxidant content and are great for healthy skin, as is consuming a fresh vegetable juice every day.
Drinking plenty of clean fluids like water and herbal teas are vital to flush out toxins that affect the skin, as is removing or reducing those toxins
that cause aging and dullness – like browned foods, high salt, high sugar, processed meats.
An imbalance in good and bad gut flora, can cause toxins to build up and these can effect skin, finding out how healthy or unhealthy your gut flora can be a big step towards improved well-being and looking healthier. See Digestion section for more information on this.
Nutrition for training and sports
Exercise is very important for optimal health, the body is designed to work and yet our lives are becoming more and more sedentary. Lack of exercise creates stagnation in the body which is detrimental to all aspects of health. Cardiovascular exercise is vital for heart health, circulation of nutrients and elimination of toxins, weight bearing and muscle strengthening is vital for joint
protection, posture and overall muscular strength and finally stretching and muscle relaxation is vital for mobility especially as we grow older.
- Speeds up metabolism and helps eliminate waste.
- Burns excess calories.
- Keeps muscles healthy and strong.
- Weight bearing exercise helps bones stay strong.
- Strengthens the heart and blood vessels as these are muscles
- Increases circulation.
Even a light exercise regime will benefit from the right nutrition.
Nutritional therapy in weight loss does NOT put you on a calorie counting diet,
in fact many people find that they are eating a lot more – but of the right foods.
In changing the diet to become more nutrient dense and more suitable to
individual needs, it is easier to keep weight off , this is because you will
have less cravings and the body will be nourished properly with all the
Vitamins and Minerals it needs.