Nutrition Facts: Gut Flora is the Key to Health
Our digestive tract is a key component of our overall state of wellbeing. Enjoying good gastrointestinal health is vital to our quality of life. Gut microbiota aid food digestion and absorption and inhibit the development of pathogenic bacteria.
Alterations in the ratios of our resident microflora may lead to a change in GI function and health. Nutritional Therapists support optimal ecological homeostasis in the digestive tract through the personalised use of foods, food constituents and biological agents such as probiotics.
Nutrition Facts: Your Mood is Affected by Your Food
A recent study of 3,500 office staff found that a high intake of processed foods (sugar, fried food, refined grains) is a risk factor for depression, whereas a whole food diet (vegetables, fruit, fish) is protective. (Akbaraly TN et al. (2009). Dietary pattern and depressive symptoms in middle age. Br J Psychiatry. 195(5):408-13)
Nutrition Facts: Overfed yet Undernourished
Severe deficiency of vitamins and minerals is relatively uncommon in developed countries, however, modest deficiency is very common and often not recognised or taken seriously. Deficiencies of specific vitamins (e.g. vitamins A, B2, C and E) and minerals (e.g. iron, copper, zinc and magnesium) profoundly affect the components and activities of the body.
Increasingly, research is demonstrating the need for public health initiatives aimed at identifying, treating and taking seriously modest vitamin and mineral deficiencies.
Nutrition Facts: Yes or No to Supplementation?
Food supplementation is sometimes challenged by people who believe a balanced diet should meet everyone’s unique biochemical needs. Nutritional Therapists are trained in the application of food as a health modifier, but they also recognise (along with many other scientists) that there are distinct benefits to the use of specific food supplements and nutritional substrates in conjunction with a healthy, well-balanced diet and specific lifestyle programme.
Nutrition Facts: Nutrients Affect Detox Pathways
A variety of foreign agents, including environmental chemicals, food additives and pharmaceuticals enter our bodies every day and must undergo metabolism by specific enzymes to facilitate their clearance. Specific dietary components, e.g. proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals may affect the efficiency of these reactions.