Nutrition Beyond Calories

Nutrition is not about counting calories or macros. It’s also not about good or bad foods or super foods. It’s about counting nutrients and balancing these nutrients.

Nutrients are the nourishing substances in food that are essential for the growth, development, and maintenance of body functions. Essentially meaning that if a nutrient requirement is not met regularly, the metabolic processes slow down or even stop and therefore health declines.

A Dietitian knows how multiple nutrients in a diet interact and affect the human body’s function.

Their role is to provide essential nutrients in optimum needs to make sure that our body perform, maintain proper function, and fight disease.

In simple words, we assess, prevent, and treat complex and chronic diseases using nutrition.

Thus, consulting a dietician is a cost-effective, non-invasive intervention that aims to maintain good health, prevent disease & stop the progression of disease.

How does Food act as medicine?

The nutrients present in the food give our bodies instructions about how to function properly.

In this sense, food can be seen as a source of “information” for the body. If our bodies don’t get the right information, our metabolic processes suffer and our health declines.

If we consume food that gives our bodies the wrong instructions, the chances of developing certain diseases and conditions, such as arthritis, diabetes, and heart disease increases.

In short, to keep our body at its best inside & out, we should analyze before putting any food into our bodies

  • What signals is this food sending my body?
  • Will this food create and support health or contribute to the development of dysfunction, symptoms, and disease?

 

Connection between food & disease

Many researchers used to believe that diseases-such as type II diabetes, obesity, heart disease, stroke, and certain cancers – were caused by a single gene mutation, they are now generally attributing these conditions to a network of biological dysfunction. They now believe that these problems are partly related to diet.

Research has shown that the development of heart disease can be triggered by multiple factors. These factors include insulin resistance, elevated homocysteine, oxidative stress, elevated cholesterol, hypertension, heavy metal toxicity, stress, and inflammation. Each of these factors can be influenced by nutrition and each, in turn, impact our nutritional needs.

Dietetics: The science and art of dealing with nutrients for the maintenance of health and the prevention, alleviation, or cure of disease.

At Eatconscious, we look at food as medicine and make decisions about what & how to provide the essential nutrients to create health, prevent or cure disease.

And if you want to be even more deliberate in improving health, sign up for suitable meal plan after consulting our expert dietician.

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