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Food is at the root of all diseases. With so much conflicting guidance, it can be hard to get clear on simple diet choices. Our nutritionists use advanced testing to help you identify specific deficiencies, and understand your unique diet needs.

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Diet is the master key to reversing chronic conditions. Studies like the China Study have proven chronic diseases can be nearly irradicated through proper diet. And while it sounds simple, changing your diet is anything but simple.

 

What is nutrition?

Nutrition is the process of taking in food, that is, ingestion and using it for energy, growth, and repair. The stages involved in nutrition are ingestion, digestion, absorption, transport, assimilation, and excretion. According to the WHO, Nutrition is a critical part of health and development. It is important that it is related to the health of every individual, group, and population- improved infant, child and maternal health, stronger immune systems, safer pregnancy and childbirth, lower risk of non-communicable diseases, and longevity.

In more scientific terms, nutrition is the study of nutrients in food, how the body works on food and uses these nutrients, and the relationship between diet, health, and disease. Usually, when people hear the word “nutrition”, they think about dieting, what not to eat, how to reduce serving portions, and the laws of do nots.

The good news is, the ’90s are over and restrictive, calorie counting diets are outdated. The honest truth is when you learn to eat right, it doesn’t feel restrictive at all. It’s just a matter of eating the right foods and finding out what works for you. It’s about the little things; the oils you use, the ingredients you cook with, and what restaurants you avoid eating at. With proper guidance from our nutritionist, you’ll have a whole new world of food opened up to you that doesn’t make you feel crappy. You’ll learn all and more when you work with one of our nutritionists.

Your Nutritionist at Wisdom will help you:

  • Navigate conflicting information and get clear on the most important changes for you.
  • Understand your basic digestive physiology to understand when stuff goes off.
  • Understand the gut biome and prepare a protocol to repair yours.
  • Interpret your test results to target important diet changes.
  • Find proper recipes with you to make it easy to cook for yourself.
  • Navigate nutritional and herbal supplements.

 

Different types of diets

The truth is, most people who think they are eating healthy, aren’t. Our diet philosophy is centered around removing processed foods, and replacing them with whole, natural foods. We are not advocates for strict vegan or vegetarian diets, although often our clients choose to go that route. We encourage our clients to deeply understand their physiology and unique constitution to choose a diet that is functional for them.

The process of learning to eat is deeply rewarding and will change your life as much as anything you’ve ever invested in. The body is meant to feel good, not tired, sluggish and in pain. Improving our diet affects virtually every chemical reaction in the body. It balances hormones, improves nutrient uptake, reduces inflammation, reduces stress, and much more.

Hence, depending on several factors such as health status, genetics, family history, weight, gender, culture, personal preferences, religion, psychological factors such as mood, allergies, and cooking skills, different diets can be recommended. Examples include:

 

The Paleo Diet

This type of diet adopts the natural way of eating where many processed foods items are eliminated. Processed sugar, grains, and foods are not included in the Paleo diet. The only source of sugar is fruits. Dairy is also not included in a Paleo diet. It is characterized by low carbs which means low levels of glucose produced. 

The major source of fuel or energy is fat and foods mainly eaten include fish, poultry, eggs, seeds, sweet potatoes, nuts, oils, vegetables, herbs, spices, fruits, and grass-fed meat, not grain-fed (lean meat). Some drink black coffee or green tea but avoid drinks or juices with add sugars or sweeteners. People on this type of diet should drink lots of water. 

Studies show the paleo diet promotes weight loss, reduces diabetes risk, and lowers blood pressure.

 

The Vegan Diet

The Vegan diet is a more restrictive type of vegetarian diet that eliminates meat and animal products. Protein, iron, calcium, vitamin D, and vitamin B12 are gotten from sources other than meat and animal sources. A vegan diet can have numerous benefits if it is properly planned and rationed. According to research, practicing a vegan diet reduces your overall risk for coronary heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and obesity. This is not far-fetched as being on a vegan diet reduces your intake of cholesterol and saturated fat.

 

The Mediterranean Diet

The Mediterranean diet is a vegetable-heavy diet that hardly includes meat, although it does not eliminate it completely. This type of diet uses a lot of oils in place of butter, marinades, and salad dressings. Vegetables are included in almost every meal and moderate amounts of milk and fish. White meats and red meats are used sparingly. It also contains larger amounts of whole grains, herbs, and nuts. Mediterranean diet has been proven to help with weight loss, reduce the risk for cardiovascular disease, control blood sugar levels, and treat depression. While most of its fats are monounsaturated fats, it might be the best diet for people who need to watch their fat intake.

 

Raw Food Diet

This is a diet that involves eating uncooked and unprocessed whole and plant-based foods. It eliminates processed foods, pasteurized foods, foods with added sugars, additives, or synthetics. People on raw food diet preferably eat organic foods. Foods include raw fruits, nuts, seeds, and vegetables, dried fruits and vegetables, freshly made fruit and vegetable juices, cold-pressed oils (olive oil, coconut oil), raw nut butter (peanut butter, almond butter), nut milk (coconut milk, almond milk), fermented foods like kimchi and sauerkraut, soaked and sprouted legumes and grains, and sometimes raw fish and eggs.

This kind of diet is high in nutrients, prevents and treats inflammation, provides more energy, promotes weight loss, and aids digestion.

 

The Blood Type Diet

In recent times, diets have been researched to coincide with particular blood types. Hence, your blood type determines what you should avoid and what you should eat more. For example, people with type O blood are advised to eat foods rich in protein. Individuals with type A blood are to avoid meat and eat more turkey, tofu, and fruit.

 

Gluten-free diet

The gluten-free diet is the diet treatment for people with gluten intolerance. Gluten is a protein found in grains like wheat, rye, and barley, bread, processed cereals, and pasta. It helps these foods retain their shape. Gluten intolerance might be celiac disease or nonceliac gluten sensitivity. 

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease where the immune system reacts to gluten and damages the small intestine. On the other hand, nonceliac gluten sensitivity is a condition where a person feels discomfort after eating gluten-containing foods.

 

Keto diet

A keto diet is a diet plan aimed at getting more calories from fat than from carbs. Hence, it contains lots of healthy fats, moderate amounts of proteins, and little carbs. The keto diet works by using up all sugar reserves and allowing the body to divert fat for energy. It is usually used to achieve healthy weight loss. Other benefits include it helping reduce blood sugar, lowering the risk of some cancers, reducing bad cholesterol, improving heart health, improving acne and PCOS symptoms, and protecting brain function.

DASH diet

DASH stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension. The DASH diet aims to manage high blood pressure. The diet comprises whole grains, fruits, vegetables, poultry, fish, low-fat dairy foods, nuts, and beans. The consumption of red meat, fat, sugar, and salt is limited. It can also help with weight loss, lower cholesterol levels, and prevent or manage diabetes.

There are several other diets that may be recommended depending on personal health and socio-cultural factors. 

What conditions can nutrition effectively prevent and manage?

Illnesses, particularly chronic diseases that can be prevented and managed by different diets include:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High blood pressure (or hypertension)
  • Cancer such as colorectal cancer
  • Cardiovascular disease including stroke, coronary heart disease
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Obesity
  • Osteoporosis
  • Kidney disease

Our Nutritional Services

In today’s world where the majority of common foods include additives, pesticides, preservatives, and chemicals, even a “healthy” diet can lead to deficiencies or imbalances. Your nutritionist will help you find which systems are out of balance. You may also benefit from diagnostic testing to further clarify what is happening on a cellular level. When you work with one of our nutritionists, you’ll also have access to other complementary therapies such as IV Therapy and Herbalism, and Supplementation to further aid and boost your recovery.

Your nutritionist can also help you with supplementation. They’ll review your tests and help you understand where you may need to supplement. Just like conventional foods, conventional supplements also aren’t much help. Our nutritionists stay up to date with the most interesting studies and products to help you get your body in a healthier state, faster.

 

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