NUTRITION

Uses

Nutrition plays an important role in virtually every medical condition. It aims to correct nutritional imbalances and disturbances in body chemistry to the prevent and treat common conditions:

  • digestive complaints (bloating, indigestion, reflux, nausea, flatulence, irritable bowel syndrome, colitis, Chrohn’s disease, candidiasis)
  • blood sugar imbalance (diabetes, insulin resistance, hypoglycaemia)
  • cardiovascular disease (high cholesterol, high blood pressure)
  • poor immune function (frequent colds and infections)
  • weight management (under- or overweight, eating disorders)
  • allergies or food sensitivities
  • chronic fatigue, insomnia, poor sleep and psycho-social stresses
  • infertility, pre-conception care, pregnancy, post pregnancy
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Benefits

Nutritional medicine assists the optimisation of nutrition according to individual biochemical, environmental and health states. This helps to regulate metabolism, assists in the formation and maintenance of bones and tissues, hormones, nervous system chemicals, and genetic material. Nutritional balance can be restored with informed dietary and nutrient supplement protocols, integrated with ongoing medical treatment, to improve patient health outcomes.

Nutritional medicine may provide symptomatic relief and assist in the correction of many underlying biochemical problems that contribute to the development of chronic degenerative disease. It has evidence for:

  • reducing inflammation and toxicity
  • managing oxidative stress
  • correcting hormonal imbalances
  • improving immune function,
  • altering genetic expression
  • reducing coagulation of blood

Recommended daily allowances of nutrients are designed to prevent disease states and maintain health, higher therapeutic levels are required to optimise recovery from illness. To obtain optimum health and healing through diet and nutrition our primary intake should ideally include organic whole foods that are as fresh as possible to ensure maximum nutritional value and life force.

 

Information adapted from the Australian Natural Therapists Association, the Australian Naturopathic Practitioners Association and Natural Therapy Pages.

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