What is Nutritional Therapy?

Nutritional Therapy is part of a growing revolution in the health field that is urgently needed in America today. It is a holistic, science-based approach to wellness rooted in the philosophy that the health problems of today’s society are the result of poor nutrition in the body.

This preventative, natural form of health care addresses the fundamental causes of health concerns rather than the symptoms alone. You may already be eating a very appropriate diet, but if you are not digesting properly or are under stress, you may not be getting what you need from your food.

Nutritional Therapy educates and empowers you to take control of your health. The body’s innate intelligence allows it to know exactly what it needs and how to adapt to its environment in order to function best. You’ll learn how to listen to your body.

Optimal health is built on the biochemical foundations of a properly functioning digestion system, healthy blood sugar balance, mineral balance, appropriate fatty-acid balance, and sufficient hydration. With Nutritional Therapy, we have the ability to detect and correct underlying dysfunction by addressing weaknesses in any of these foundations. Utilizing nutritional assessments, diet refinements, dietary supplements and lifestyle adjustments, a personalized program is created just for you.

“Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.”

– Hippocrates

What does a Nutritional Therapist do?

As a certified Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (FNTP), I help clients to find solutions to living a healthy, more vibrant life. Together we sort through the conflicting and sometimes misleading dietary information that’s out there and work to embrace a properly prepared, nutrient-dense, whole-food approach to eating.

This isn’t about a “diet” of counting calories or points, or weighing and measuring food, or eating from a box. You’ll eat plenty of delicious, satisfying food…foods that your body has been asking for!

My mission is to educate and support clients along their voyage to improved health and vibrancy through simple diet and lifestyle changes.

Nutritional Therapists do not diagnose or treat medical conditions, but instead support the underlying health of the body in order to help it function more optimally. After an analysis of your health information and nutritional assessments, we develop a practical nutritional and lifestyle plan that fits your life—changes that are individually tailored to correct the deficiencies in your body and, accordingly, restore balance and improve health.

Why Nutritional Therapy?

Nutritional Therapy advocates prevention over prescriptions.

In the United States, we spend more money on health care than any other nation in the world. In 2017, US healthcare spending grew 3.9%, reaching $3.5 trillion or an average of $10,739 per person. Almost half of all Americans (45%) suffer from at least one chronic condition. The medical and pharmaceutical industries would have us believe that they are making great strides in solving our health problems, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.

    • More than 100 million people in the US are now living with diabetes or are pre-diabetic (CDC 2017).
    • Obesity has reached epidemic levels with a 250% rate increase since 1980. Today we have the highest obesity rates ever documented with 39.8 percent of adults and 18.5 percent of children (ages 2 to 19) diagnosed with obesity (CDC 2018).
    • Heart disease is ranked as America’s leading cause of death for both men and women. Though death rates from heart disease are declining, cardiovascular disease occurs in 75% of the population (CDC 2017).
    • ADHD, autism and learning disabilities rates – rare in children a generation ago – have risen to roughly 10 million. Today, about 1 in 59 children are diagnosed with autism. 
    • Dozens of degenerative diseases and chronic conditions – such as asthma, depression, fibromyalgia, arthritis, Alzheimer’s, MS, and Parkinson’s disease – strike Americans with increasing frequency.

As a society, we seem to expect one or more of these chronic conditions to strike us as we age. But it doesn’t have to be this way!

Our current health care system is disproportionately focused on waiting until people are ill before providing care, and in doing so, we are missing the opportunity to assist people to stay healthy.

Simply put, numerous incentives in our health care system are either misaligned or unsupportive of healthy behaviors and preventative care. In an average year, the U.S. spends less than $10 per person on prevention – about the same amount as a single movie ticket costs in many cities!

Promoting a Return to Traditional and Sustainable Forms of Farming

The truth is we live in a very toxic world! Since World War II, 60-80,000 chemicals have been introduced into our food supply to create modern methods of food production. These chemicals have completely altered the chemistry of our soil, our water and air, our animals and, thus, our food and our health. With each generation, our overall health is deteriorating.

  • We are seeing a direct link between our health and the use of chemicals in fertilizers, weed-killers, and pesticides used on conventionally grown crop.
  • Manufacturers have made chemical food additives – such as stabilizers, flavor enhancers, synthetic vitamins, hydrogenated oils, artificial colors/dyes and sweeteners – a significant part of our diet.
  • An estimated 75% of all processed food on our grocery store shelves contains genetically modified (GMO) ingredients. The effects of drinking milk and eating beef from conventionally-raised cows fed GMO grains and regularly given antibiotics and growth hormones as well as the effects of our eating genetically modified grains (specifically corn and soy) and fruits and vegetables grown with GMO seed have not been tested on humans. Research is showing that animals who eat GMO foods suffer from reproductive health abnormalities, shorter life spans, lameness, and digestive dysfunction just to name a few. Why would humans react any differently?

Marketing and slick advertising by big corporations and pharmaceutical companies are steering our health…and as a society we are listening and responding as encouraged!

Improving our health through prevention will require changing how we think, act, and eat…and advocating for change in our own homes, our schools, our communities, and our healthcare settings.

The change can begin with YOU.  Take charge of your own health today!

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