Holistic Nutrition looks at the total person and unique biochemical responses to their environment, dietary intake including supplements and lifestyle. Nutritionists believe food is our most important medicine, and should be addressed first in the healing process.
According to holisticnutrition.com, the fundamental principle of holistic nutrition is that food provides the energy needed to function properly and supplies the nutrients that are required to build and regenerate bone, muscle, fat and blood. The nutrients obtained from food are essential for the natural processes that constantly take place inside the body. (source)
Holistic nutrition involves three main components: macronutrients, which include carbohydrates, protein and fats; micronutrients, which include vitamins and minerals; and fiber. These components all play an important role in how the body functions and are essential to a complete, balanced diet.
Holistic Nutritionists’ interface with healthcare practitioners aiding in addressing chronic health challenges that respond to changes in food choices, allergens, supplements, deficiencies and imbalances.
Holistic Nutrition honors dietary needs based on ethnicity, religious and philosophical beliefs.
Although holistic nutrition is largely individualized, there are some basics that apply to all individuals who wish to follow a holistic nutritional plan. They include the following:
–As much as possible, eat organically grown food.
–Avoid junk food and processed food.
–Avoid food with additives and preservatives.
–Minimize sugar and caffeine.
–Drink adequate amounts of pure, filtered water that is free of chlorine and other contaminants.
–Avoid genetically engineered food.
–Identify hidden food allergies and food sensitivities.
–Address nutritional deficiencies.
–Eat whole foods in their natural state as much as possible.