Nutritional Therapists don’t treat any diseases or conditions. So why choose Nutritional Therapy?
The fastest growing health conditions in the modern Western world are now lifestyle related. For the first time in history, more people will die from eating too much than from eating too little. The focus has been on treating disease to save and prolong our lives, but what about preventing disease before it set's in?
Many people assume that Nutritionists, Nutritional Therapists or other occupations that focus on natural health are opposed to modern medicine and will persuade you not to seek conventional medical treatment. This is completely inaccurate. Natural health practitioners focus on achieving optimal health, not on treating existing diseases or diagnosing conditions - that is left to licensed medical professionals. Modern medicine has advanced greatly in treating disease once it’s there or treating an acute condition. We are all grateful doctors are there with advanced care for things like broken bones, infectious diseases, cancer, etc.
Why work with a Nutritional Therapist?
Maybe you’ve felt like you are dragging through day after day with no energy, but your doctor’s tests come back to say there is nothing wrong. Maybe you are all of a sudden having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep and don’t want to turn to the sleeping pills you were prescribed. Maybe you are having mood swings throughout the day, turning you into a hangry monster.
Maybe you have stubborn weight that won’t shift, and your doctor’s advice to eat less and move more just isn’t working. Maybe you know you have to start eating more vegetables and less fast food but you just don’t know how to go about changing old habits. Maybe you have insatiable cravings for sweets or you can’t open a bag of chips without polishing off the lot.
There is so much “health” information and advice out there. We see it on TV, in the newspaper, on food packaging that has “health ratings”. Our colleagues, friends, family and acquaintances all have some advice to give. Vegan, raw, paleo, keto, organic, gluten-free. Cleanses, juice fasts, intermittent fasting, supplements. How do we know what is right for us? How do we make sense of how we feel day to day and how that relates to the food we are eating, how we move our body, our sleep, our energy.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
I believe the future of health is focused more on personal responsibility. Taking our health into our own hands instead of pushing blindly through life depending on a medical/pharmaceutical safety net to catch us when we develop IT later in life. IT being the health condition we are most afraid of; Alzheimer's, diabetes, cancer, arthritis, obesity, heart disease, etc. Personal responsibility for health means seeking out a health professional who can assess nutrition and lifestyle to help guide us back on the right path to optimal wellness.