Nutrition


The foods that we consume play more of a role in our health than perhaps anything else. It may be cliché but the saying, ‘you are what you eat’ rings with truth and good nutrition leads to a healthy body and a sound mind. 

Nutrition is the science that establishes the relationship between a person’s diet and their levels of health.The body requires six main things in order to function correctly- carbohydrates, protein, fat, vitamins, minerals and water. These all need to be consumed on a daily basis. If one of these becomes low or deficient, a negative impact occurs on the body and illness or a general feeling of being unwell may result.


 

How Can A Nutritionist Help.

The connection between diet has been disease has been known for many years, scientists are now realising what we eat has a direct effect on our health.

Simply by changing to to fish for one meal a week will have a 52% reduction in the risk of sudden death from a heart attack

Fish is high in omega-3 fatty acids, which helps protect the heart from heart disease.

A nutritionist will analyse your diet for excesses or deficiencies in vitamins, minerals, fats, protein, and carbohydrates.

Excess sugar from refined carbohydrates such as pasta, breads and soft drink or even fruit juice can reduce magnesium and calcium.

A diet high in fresh organic fruit, vegetable, legumes, lean meat, nuts and seeds is associated with a lower risk of developing heart disease.

A nutritionist can recommend a diets that can help with the following:

  • Diets high in leafy greens, dry beans and peas, (and some fruits and vegetables) may lower risk of stroke and heart disease.
  • Lutein and zeaxanthin (carotenoids) in the diet may reduce risk of cataracts.
  • Lutein from dietary sources (such as kale and spinach) may protect against colon cancer.
  • Flavonoids (found in apples, blueberries, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, citrus fruits, onions, and teas) may protect against cancer.
  • Cold water fish such as herring, tuna, and salmon are high in Omega-3 fatty acids that help reduce inflammation and help prevent certain chronic diseases, such as heart disease, cancer, and arthritis.
  • The risk of angina, heart attacks and atherosclerosis are reduced from a diet high in fruits and vegetables (high in vitamin E) are part of a every day diet people with atherosclerosis.

What can I expect from a vist to a nutritionist?

The initial consultation the nutritionist will ask you questions about your medical history, family history, and personal lifestyle. The medical history might include questions about your diet, digestion, history of weight loss or gain, sleep and exercise patterns, and relaxation habits.

A nutritionists may ask you to bring a 7-day food diary and list of any herbs, supplements, or medicines that you take regularly. Blood tests might be used to find out if you are low in any nutrients and to test your organ function. This way, a nutritionist will get a full picture of your nutritional lifestyle.

On the second visit, the nutritionist might suggest ways to reduce the nutritional "overloads" in your diet. For example, your nutritionist may suggest that you eat your meals at different times or cut down on the amount of carbohydrates that you eat. The nutritionist will also offer advice on specific nutritional supplements if necessary. The nutritionist will then schedule follow-up visits to monitor your health.

Some times a nutritionist will recommend a major dietary change for a short period of time to see if some of the presenting complaints/symptoms can be alleviated. If after that time period, there is no change, then lab work in the form of the “usual” blood tests, or more expanded tests may be ordered to find out what is causing the problems.

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