What is Nutritional Therapy
Food is a powerful medicine that has a huge impact on the biochemical processes of your body. There is growing scientific evidence that nutrients and food constituents (and lifestyle habits) can alter the body´s DNA itself or how the DNA is expressed1. In other words, when we choose inappropriate food and lifestyle habits, there might be a negative effect on our health, but equally, eating the right kind of foods can promote our health and wellbeing.
So, how do you know what is right for you?
Nutritional therapists, dieticians and nutritionist have the same end goal in mind: help their clients get healthier. However, their methods they go about achieving them are very different. For a dietician or nutritionist the diet of the client is the sole concern and a restrictive diet is usually prescribed as the blanket solution to weight loss or improving overall health based on the calories in=calories out theory.
On the other hand, at BeeWellness, you are at the centre of the picture. The BW practitioners aim to provide nourishment for all aspects of your health (physical, emotional and spiritual) by using scientific, traditional and experiential knowledge in equal manner. We don’t believe in magic diets or pills but we work together with you to guide you and support you to sustain wellness and vitality over time and we like simple and easy-to-prepare healthy meals that are also tasty, so eating well becomes a pleasurable routine that you can sustain over time!
BeeWellness practitioners are inspired by the Functional Medicine approach. The Functional Medicine approach is about understanding the interconnections between your environment (what is going on around you and your genetic make-up. This is also called “biochemical individuality” which will determine your unique nutritional needs. Further, it is about correcting any vitamin and mineral deficiencies, improving digestive function (because you are what you eat and also what you are able to absorb), balancing hormones naturally and eliminating toxins and waste. Supporting the body’s equilibrium is the key focus of the Functional Medicine approach.
If we talk about sustaining a healthy weight for example, instead of prescribing one diet or way of exercising, we create recommendations to fit each client. From the Functional Medicine perspective, calorie intake is just a small part of the picture to attain and maintain healthy weight. We will also pay attention to your stress hormone levels, how well you are absorbing your food and how inflamed your body is (e.g. food intolerances) and on those bases decide what foods, exercise and other therapies may be appropriate for you. This will not only make you feel better but look better too!
You don’t have to be unwell to benefit from the power of good nutrition.
A few simple changes may make a real difference to your energy and give you a zest for life!
1..World Cancer Research Fund / American Institute for Cancer Research (2007) Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity and the Prevention of Cancer: A Global Perspective. Washington DC. AICR