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.

a

Examples

  • 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.

RESTART® Snip

Designed for all adults, and offered in both in-person and online formats.

\

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.

Weekend Tip

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 Bioindividuality

Posted by Allison Mädl Nutritional Therapy and Education on Wednesday, December 5, 2018