What is Nutrition?
A New way of thinking about nutrition:
A bio-individual need
What is nutrition, and where do nutrients come from?
According to Merriam-Webster:
Nutrition is "the act or process of nourishing or being nourished; specifically : the sum of the processes by which an animal or plant takes in and utilizes food substances"
and a Nutrient is "a substance that is needed for healthy growth, development, and functioning "
So, nutrition is a science focused on the relationships between living organisms and their food; it is also focused on the process by which these organisms consume their food and utilize the nutrients contained within.
This means that nutrition comes from what we eat, and nutrients come from our food.
Does it really matter what food we put in our mouths? It absolutely does!
Ever cell in our bodies (all 70 to 80 trillion of them!) are made up of nutrients. We receive these nutrients from the foods that we eat, and not all food is created equal.
The nutrient profiles of foods matter. It is important to eat a diet filled with nutrient-dense foods in order to promote health and vitality. The nutrient profile in foods varies widely among the many types of foods in our cultures today, and proper care should be given to choosing our meals. For example, eating a high-quality egg gives you riboflavin, vitamin B12, phosphorous, cholesterol, protein, Omega-3's, and selenium whereas you would receive quite a different nutrient profile from a handful of spinach or a bag of potato chips. Our bodies were designed to thrive when given the appropriate nutrients to fuel vitality. And, by giving our bodies the tools (read: nutrients) that it needs to be healthy and vital through eating nutrient-dense, real foods we set ourselves up to be more resistant to disease, degeneration, and illness.
The philosophy of Nutritional Therapy is that a properly prepared, nutrient-dense, whole-foods diet is the best way to promote optimal health and vitality by giving your body the nutrient-tools it needs to build healthy bodies for tomorrow.
The trouble is, THERE IS NO ONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL when it comes to "the perfect diet"!
Just as not all food is created equal, there is no such thing as "one-size-fits-all" when it comes to nutrition.
As each person and each body becomes depleted of nutrients over time, that person's individual needs change. Even identical twins, who share identical DNA, can develop very different nutrient deficiencies as a result of lifestyle and diet choices. This is why a bio-individual approach works so well. Working with one of our skilled Nutritional Therapists is a great way to find out your body's individual needs, and then replenish them through delicious, nutrient-dense foods. Your Nutritional Therapist's job is to help each you find the appropriate nutrient balance for you own bio-individual needs.
The beauty of working with a Nutritional Therapist is that you can take the guess work out of your "diet." No more fads, no more yo-yoing, no more counting, no more nonsense! Working with a Nutritional Therapist means that you "diet" is simply about eating delicious, nutrient-dense foods. You don't have to sacrifice flavor to enjoy a great, nutrient-dense diet!
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Here are some examples of Nutrient-Dense Foods! (grass-fed, raw milk; grass-fed, happy beef, organic produce)