Naturopathic Nutrition
Charlotte Fraser
BA Hons, Dip. NNP, Dip. AIT
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The universe is exactly the way we think it is and that’s why.
- JOHN WOODS -
What is Naturopathic Nutrition?
Naturopathic Nutrition works in conjunction with the individual's efforts towards the promotion, restoration and maintenance of health, working on a physiological, physical, and mental/emotional level. A basic tenet is that prevention is preferable to cure.
Health is more than the absence of disease. Disease ensues when homeostasis - the body's self-regulating mechanism - is disrupted. When this occurs the body develops an acute response in its attempt to restore health, often demonstrated through enhanced processes of elimination. Suppression of such healing processes contributes to the potential for chronic (longer term) breakdown and disease.
Optimum health is dependent upon a multitude of factors and is a reflection of a harmonious interaction with our environment. The individual requires suitable foods for nourishment, clean water, fresh air and sunlight, as well as appropriate exercise, rest and relaxation.
In Naturopathic Nutrition, the education and co-operation of the patient are considered to be of fundamental importance and contributory to the success of the treatment process. The patient is assisted in examining his or her lifestyle and making choices more conducive to health which, in turn is established on a cellular level by means of nutritional support.
The core values of Naturopathic Nutrition include:
- the Healing Power of Nature: a 'vital force' underpins the self-healing or self-correcting mechanisms of the body.
- the Triad of Health: the connection and interaction between the structural, biochemical and mental/emotional components of all living beings. Dysfunction in one area will lead to disruption elsewhere.
- the Uniqueness of the Individual: people are genetically, biochemically, structurally and emotionally different from one another. Each person responds in a unique way to influences be these mental/emotional, structural, nutritional, social or cultural.
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