Nutrition medicine has moved on ‘leaps and bounds’ over the last decade. Remember when the term ‘leaky gut’ was frowned upon? But now ‘leaky gut’ known as intestinal permeability is the buzz word even in medical text books.
So what’s the deal? Well, it takes about SEVENTEEN years for research evidence to reach your doctor’s ‘doorstep’. Here is an article on the 17year-ish time lag.
At the school you will be 17 years ahead of main stream medicine in nutritional medicine.
The truth about your immune system
Did you know approximately 70% of your immune system resides in the gut? We eat pretty much three times every day (unless you are following a specific fasting method), so our gut is exposed to all sorts of toxins most of the day and for some people into the night hours. If you are exposing your gut to pesticides, to artificial colourings, to synthetic sweeteners such as aspartame, that immune system will be working around the clock.
Once this immune system, has had enough it will start to communicate with you. And if the signals are ignored the symptoms can become louder such as cramping, weight loss, lethargy, not just the odd acid reflux episode 'here and there’.
If this goes on for too long, you may end up seeing a gastroenterologist and have the standard tests, to be told, ‘all is fine you are good to go home’. How is this possible? You are not ‘good to go’ and you are not ‘good to stay’ either. What do you do? Where do you turn?
This is where nutritional medicine shines
You decide to see a nutritional therapist and get asked all manner of questions, such as:
the quality of your sleep
the number of bowel movements a day
the colour and consistency of your stools
other symptoms such as nausea, acid reflux, metallic taste in the mouth
anything happened a year leading up to these symptoms starting
your daily eating patterns
This collection of valuable information allows a nutritional therapist to then put together a personalised nutritional plan for you, not for your mother, or your partner, but for you. This nutrition plan is individualised for you.
Not only do you get a personalised nutritional plan, the nutritional therapist has taken the time out to explain the ‘why’s, what’s and hows’ of the plan. You feel heard, you feel encouraged and just as importantly you start to feel better.