by Jurriaan Plesman, BA (PSYCH), Post Grad Dip Clin NutrThe question often arise what to actually eat in nutritional therapy. It is rather what NOT TO EAT!! Here are some simple rules:
- Try to avoid food that has been processed by the food processing industry, because they are usually denatured and laden with toxic (preservative) chemicals, despite their advertising.
- Avoid as much as possible sugar, caffeine, alcohol, artificial colouring, commercially bottled drinks like coke, sugar-laden drinks and other drugs, but ...
- If you suffer from sugar withdrawal take Glycerine.
- Drink plenty of fresh water at least one litre a day, which helps in detoxification of toxins.
- Have frequent high protein, low refined carbohydrates (sugar) snacks, avoid feeling hungry. See Hypoglycemic Diet .
- Treat any possible Candida infection as a result of high sugar diet that encourages candida growth in the intestinal tract. See treatment .
- Take nutritional supplements among them: vitamin C, zinc, magnesium, calcium, chromium, omega-3 fatty acids (fishoil), vitamin D (the sun-shine vitamin), vitamin E, single nutrients seldom do the job. See Rich Sources A cheap way of obtaining vitamins and minerals is by way of juice therapy (See books )
- Eliminate foods that are heavily processed and have been adulterated in any way with any kind of food additives, preservatives and colouring.
Avoid as much as possible Genetically Modified Foods, such as Soy, Corn, Cannola and Cotton that could possibly affect your digestive system.
- Start off with foods you like. Home cooking is the best!! It is important to enjoy your food in order to produce digestive enzymes such as saliva and hydrochloric acid for proper absorption of nutrients. When you force-feed yourself with food, that you "should" eat but you don't like, you are surely going to develop an allergy. For the important role that hydrochloric acid plays in metabolism and diseases see here.
- If you suffer from any form of indigestion, it is likely that you may be vitamin B12 deficient for lack of the "intrinsic factor". B12 needs to be combined with the "intrinsic factor" produced in the lining of your stomach for proper absorption down the intestines. Vegetarians are often found to be deficient in Vitamin B12. J Sabaté et al 324 . In that case ask your doctor for vitamin B12 injections and a prescription for folic acid. These nutrients are required for serotonin production.
- Ask yourself: "Is what I am about to eat, nature-made or man-made?" Home-grown food is the most natural food. I know this is well-nigh impossible in the industrial western society. But try at least.
- Avoid allergies, treat digestive disorders and there are many of them. Look out for foods that you feel you are addicted to (milk, chocolate, coffee, cakes). They give you an initial high, and followed by a low.
- Having a gluten sensitivity is one of many allergies. If you have celiac disease go on a gluten free diet , avoiding wheat, rye, barley and possibly oats. There are many other allergies and if you want to find your own allergies, you can do so by keeping a daily food diary .
- Have regular exercises suitable to your ability, age and body.
- Lap up sun-shine for its vitamin D, essential in serotonin production.
- Remember: Nutritional Therapy is about treating a specific disorder in a unique person with a unique biochemistry, and one man's diet may be another man's poison.