Holistic Nutrition Defined
Holistic nutrition is based on the belief that humans can physically and emotionally benefit from a properly balanced diet and can prevent many health problems in the future. In this post I explore the different elements of holistic nutrition and how it affects you as a consumer.
Holistic Nutrition Practitioners
Holistic health care practitioners attempt to treat the whole individual with balanced diet and exercise rather than just addressing one or two particular symptoms. Holistic or alternative medicine practitioners attempt to help people use their own means rather than, or in combination with, modern medicine for self-healing.
Some examples of holistic practitioners would include acupuncturists, naturopaths, chiropractors, nutritionists, and herbalists.
Holistic nutrition addresses digestion, nutritional balance, and moderation for each individual.
Studies have shown that by making the proper food choices for them, people can prevent many health problems that can include heart disease, obesity, cancer, and diabetes. If you have symptoms of any of these diseases you should be under the care of some type of medical practitioner. A modern medical practitioner and a holistic practitioner can work together for the benefit of your health.
If you currently do not have any health problems you can slowly begin to change your everyday diet to be most beneficial to your health.
Protein, Vitamins and Nutrients
It is believed that the human body needs a particular balance of protein, fat, and carbs, vitamins, and other nutrients to help the body to heal itself and to reach overall physical and emotional health. The right combination of these nutrients will also help our bodies to reach maximum energy levels. Holistic nutritionists devise diets that are tailored to each individual’s nutritional and health needs.
Natural foods and natural remedies are an important part of holistic nutrition. Foods such as vegetables, fish, fowl, and other meats, as well as whole grains, fresh green juices, and herbal teas, are all considered natural foods. Most large supermarkets have Natural or Health Food sections in their stores. Farmers markets and farm stands offer a wide variety of natural foods.
Foods that are high in trans fat, vegetable oils and sugar should be avoided or used in moderation. Processed foods should be avoided as much as possible as should foods that contain artificial sweeteners such as aspartame and neotame. These foods are full of toxins and can be damaging to your health.
Eating raw foods or freshly cooked and prepared meals can provide more energy than processed and packaged foods. Overcooking foods can cause many important vitamins and minerals to be cooked out of the food.
It is also wise to try new foods in small amounts until you are sure that you will not have any reaction to the food. Try not to add too many new foods to your diet at one time. If one type of food does cause a reaction you will know which one is the culprit?
Chewing your food very well before swallowing aids digestion and slows you down. This makes it less likely you’ll suffer from bloating and discomfort after eating.