Food can either be a medicine or a poison, depending on what it is, who is eating it, and how it is prepared. Learning what to eat and what to avoid is imperative to healing disease and preserving vitality. There is a lot of misinformation and conflicting views on nutrition, making the process of sorting the good from the bad all the more difficult.
How do you decide what’s good for your individual health issues? The answer to this question depends on a lot of factors, and it almost never has to to do with grams of fat, number of calories or carbs. Many diets advocate eating specific foods and avoiding others with an emphasis purely on weight loss, and yet these diets often ignore the health implications of such an approach.
The purpose of Nutritional Analysis is to consider the whole-health picture of the patient, evaluate symptoms, level of physical activity, food preferences, sensitivities, and then determine how the diet can be improved.
Most chronic health conditions are the product of inappropriate food choices. Food can behave as a major stressor on the body, causing chronic inflammation, malabsorption, nutrient deficiencies, and exacerbate autoimmune conditions.
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Unlike an allergic reaction to shellfish, for example, which may cause anaphylaxis or hives, food sensitivities can be hard to detect because it may take days for symptoms to develop and these symptoms are often more subtle, such as bloating or sinus congestion for example.
Mainstream medicine has missed the boat in educating patients on nutrition and is missing a vital piece of the health care puzzle. If you are wondering why your doctor hasn’t taken a serious look at your diet, consider this: conventional medical doctors have little to no training in nutrition, food sensitivity testing and preliminary symptoms associated with nutritional deficiencies.
Medical doctors are taught how to identify nutrient deficiencies once a full-blown disease has developed, but they fail to address low-level symptoms as a product of food sensitivities or chronic bowel inflammation. Many doctors don’t consider the possibility that gut inflammation is the root of many chronic illnesses.
Were doctors to consider more seriously how diet is contributing to many chronic health conditions, it is certainly the case that fewer prescriptions would be necessary. Our conventional model of medicine is NOT curing disease; it is a model of simply managing symptoms.
Unfortunately, the majority of Americans are eating far too many packaged and processed foods. By eating too few plants, pasture-raised animals, fish and seafood, the result is a diet which is dangerously low in essential vitamins and nutrients and high in anti-nutrients. Anti-nutrients inhibit the absorption of essential vitamins and minerals and are the by-product of food manufacturing practices and preparations.
As a culture, Americans are far more likely to be concerned with how many calories they have eaten rather than the source or quality of said calories. The problem with this mindset is that people choose foods that limit the diversity of essential vitamins, micronutrients and minerals for fear of eating something that may have too many calories, grams of carbs or fat.
There is no doubt the quality of our food has diminished over the past 5 decades. Our grandparents ate food that was superior in nutritional value compared to food grown today, largely because farming has dramatically changed. As family farms have become a thing of the past and large-scale farming operations have taken over, mismanagement and mistreatment of the land and soils are responsible for inferior quality food from decades past. Research is proving our modern-day farming practices are unhealthy and a pose a real threat to human health and the environment.
The health of the planet and the health of humans is NOT mutually exclusive
Pesticides and petroleum based fertilizers contaminate our foods, water supplies, as well as soil health. The consequences of these practices are vast: the decimation of bees which are critical to plant fertilization, increased cancer rates, particularly in those areas of the country where the majority of our soy, corn and grains are grown, depleted soil, contamination of precious groundwater, soil erosion, and many more health and environmental issues.
When society makes food choices based on cost and convenience rather than on health and sustainability, the health of an entire population of people is at risk. Marketers and food scientists have us convinced that calories, grams of fat, and percentage of RDA matter more than whether or not the food we consume is a wholesome, nutritious, and prepared as nature intended. By having a Nutritional Analysis, you take back the power of self healing and open possibilities to living a more vital, vibrant, and healthy life. Food is not prescriptive: your unique symptoms, constitutional type (genetics) and lifestyle will help guide what the best diet is for you!