We each have unique nutritional needs.
Lunch Hour Lesson #5
Bioindividuality is a term that I use in my practice as a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner.
It expresses the concept that each person has a set of factors in his or her life that will determine what types of foods are best at that time, for that body.
It takes genetics into account, but also the emerging understanding of epigenetics, which finds that dietary and lifestyle factors can turn genes on or off. Epigenetics will be discussed more in a future post.
- Athletes and those with very physically demanding jobs will need to eat more long-burning sources of energy than those with relatively sedentary lifestyles.
- A woman who is pregnant or nursing an infant will need to consume high levels of vitamins and minerals, particularly fat soluble vitamins.
- Children have particular nutritional needs to fuel their growing brains and bodies.
If someone has a digestive disturbance, removing particular foods that irritate, then healing, and later reintroducing foods is a good strategy.
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Those with immune or autoimmune challenges may need to follow a limited diet to avoid aggravating the condition.
Our bodies are adapted to the diets of our particular ethnic ancestors. Someone whose ancestors are from Japan will likely host particular seaweed-digesting enzymes in their intestines that North-Americans do not have.
Knowing that nutritional bioindividuality exists is important because it means that there is no “one size fits all” way of eating.
You must take many aspects of your life into account, and be honest with which foods make you feel well and which make you feel poorly.
Keeping a food diary or using an app like Chronometer can help. Also consider working with a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP) who is trained to make recommendations based on your individual needs. Many, like me, accept distance clients.
Keep a food diary for at least one meal this weekend. Write down the time, where you ate the meal, the foods and beverages, and how you feel 1 hour afterwards. Doing this on a routine basis can help you determine your nutritional bioindividuality. 🙂
Lunch Hour Lesson #5 - Your Needs are Unique! Nutritional Bioindividuality
Lunch Hour Lesson #5: Your Needs are Unique! Nutritional BioindividualityPosted by Allison Mädl Nutritional Therapy and Education on Wednesday, December 5, 2018
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