Whether you are looking for ways of improving your diet and energy levels, recovering from illness, wish to relieve persisting symptoms or are experiencing a general decline in overall health and would like to address possible causes, our Ottawa Functional Nutrition practitioner can support you through dietary change and lifestyle modification.
Holistic nutrition is an emerging sphere that encompasses not only the characteristics of food but also explores the quality of the food source and holism of the consumer.
Our body systems are designed to function efficiently thanks to the food we eat, the water we drink and the air we breathe. We were designed to be healthy, and we have an innate ability to heal ourselves. We remain healthy as long as our bodily processes go on unhindered, and as long as our various systems can efficiently use the raw materials that are needed to nurture, repair and fuel our body.
"You are what you eat" has meaning when we consider that nutrients from our food are used to build cellular molecules and structures and to replace worn-out parts and promote healing.
It is evident that the quality of the food eaten affects the degree of well-being experienced. Artificially created food or food grown under sub-optimal conditions cannot contribute the ingredients necessary to good health. Only natural, wholesome food can produce the degree of health that brings peace of mind and enjoyment of life.
In today's society, this requires constant vigilance as to what we choose to eat. These simple words: "live, natural, and good quality food" can serve as a guide for everyone wishing to improve their health. Awareness and understanding of the simplicity of our nutritional needs will inevitably lead to individual and collective good health. We can all benefit from learning how eating natural, good quality food can be simple and improve our health and quality of life.
It is also very clear that everyone's body is biochemically unique, with a different set of life circumstances. It is essential to consider every person as a whole and as an individual. Dietary needs may change due to age, weight, activity level, health status, stress, among other factors.
Obstacles to Health
Examples of obstacles that may hinder health include but are not limited to nutritional status (deficiencies);
- Health and efficiency of our Organ system
- Inherent genetic weaknesses
- Food sensitivities and allergies
- Our habits including excesses and toxicity
- Lifestyle factors such as activity level, stress, sleep patterns
Our holistic nutritionist examines all of the factors which may contribute to your overall health. The priority is to restore your health and quality of life with whole foods combined with lifestyle advice.
As you ultimately hold the key to your well-being, the preferred method used in natural nutrition is to consider your state of health and the symptoms you exhibit. These will provide evidence as to your nutritional balance.
What To Expect From an Ottawa Holistic Nutrition Session
First, you complete a lifestyle assessment where we discuss your primary health concerns and relevant lifestyle information.
Second, you will be asked to rate a list of symptoms. The symptoms your body exhibits on a daily basis provides much information about the current state of your organ systems and the underlying issues behind any health condition within your body.
Holistic Nutritionists may not diagnose but can determine the areas of greatest imbalance, and more precisely define the underlying issues in a particular system.
A plan of action is then created and implemented to address the concerns one by one. Individualized eating plans will be provided as needed to support your specific needs and goals.
Nutrition may address the following health issues:
Acute and chronic pain, headaches, migraines, joint problems, digestive issues, anxiety, depression, insomnia, ADD / ADHD, allergies, fatigue, weight issues, hormonal imbalances and much more.