Many people don't really buy into the "you-are-what-you-eat" philosophy. Most feel that they can eat more or less what they please, provided it is healthy, with moderation as the key. Most understand that eating too much and not exercising enough will cause them to gain weight. But what a lot of people don't really think about is the fact that even some of the healthy stuff they are putting into their bodies might have a negative impact on their health. For instance, eating granary bread is better than white bread, whole milk is good, etc.
It sometimes isn't until people get really sick, in a variety of different ways, that they are found to have a food intolerance tht is putting their systems under stress and creating health issues that have the potential to become very serious.
Just because certain foods are generally regarded as healthy, that doesn't necessarily mean they are healthy for YOU.
A lot of people suffer from health problems that they feel have never been diagnosed properly in mainstream medicine, and they can reach a point where they feel really ill on different levels without fully understanding why! Digestive issues in particular can lead to a heavy reliance on drugs to keep them comfortable, and there can be other problems too, such as chronic insomnia, ballooning weight, skyrocketing blood pressure, irritable bowel, and diagnoses of being borderline or fully diabetic.
This can be incredibly distressing, particularly since an intolerance is often very difficult to diagnose. Gluten intolerance, for example, has no discernible marker in a blood test. Coeliac Disease has, but a more "simple" wheat or gluten intolerance is not - so it's easy to understand why doctors miss something they don't know how to test for! It can be incredibly upsetting when different health tests consistently come back "normal", and when doctors just kept increasing medications in line with increasing symptoms. Many people feel frustrated beyond belief at being endlessly told that nothing is wrong, when they feel genuinely ill and seem to be getting slowly but steadily worse.
I've been in that situation myself, and it's been a long and difficult process coming back from it, but it was Complementary Therapies and a nutritional profile that literally saved my life. It wasn't mainstream medicine!
We absolutely ARE what we eat. Therefore, to get healthy and stay that way, we need to put into our bodies the best of what they can handle, and that means getting a grip on nutrition proper, and working out what is best for us individually. That means understanding what our bodies do and do not like, what they can and cannot comfortably process, and cutting out what makes them struggle, to give them the absolute possible best chance of supporting us they way they are designed to do, with good quality, nutritious food and a balanced diet that gives skin, blood, bones and brain the right nutrients to ensure the healthiest possible functioning. Finding out what's safe for people to enjoy that their unique, individual systems can process without pain or stress can slow or stop altogether a variety of health issues they may not think are connected.
I believe that diet is the most powerful thing we can control that influences our long-term health. With the right dietary modifications, a lot of physical symptoms (and some mental ones too) can be alleviated significantly, if not eradicated completely.
Sleep in particular is better supported by good nutrition, and in turn helps to strengthen the body. The two are more closly linked than most people realise, particularly when it comes to weight management.
My aim is to help my Clients find out more about what their bodies need and what they don't, and to explain how the stress of food intolerances manifests in physical and emotional symptoms that can, if left untreated, lead topotentially life-limiting, and life shortening illness and disease.
Mainstream medicine is failing a lot of people, partly because doctors and nurses are NOT nutritionists, they don't always think (or know how) to link symptoms, and they are constantly pushed for time in an over-burdened health system that is struggling to cope. We all need to help ourselves more by taking more responsibility for our OWN health and well-being. For a great many people dietary change is a really imortant way they can claim back their health and happiness.
As a qualified Nutritionist., I help people who are struggling to lose weight or get healthy, where mainstream medical treatment hasn't helped them. When people better understand what their bodies are telling them, they can react more constructively to how their systems are really reacting in response to what they're being given.
The human body is a miracle of science - one that wants to and can be everything it should be for all of us - our best friend and our most powerful weapon of strength, resiliance and longevity. Giving it the support it needs to be all that is one of the best things we can do to support our sleep and our long-term health.