Holistic / Functional Nutrition Explained
"Our future is being written with every meal." - Kris Carr
The Holistic Nutrition field encompasses the concept of "wholism" and differs in theory and practice from conventional nutrition. A holistic view considers the overall person (rather than a specific part of the body/area of concern) and takes into account "biochemical individuality", meaning everyone and their physiology is unique. A holistic approach also focuses on the underlying causes of deficiency instead of merely managing symptoms. Holistic nutrition professionals use various assessment tools to analyze nutritional status and body system imbalances for designing customized therapeutic protocols. Since a fundamental (and Hippocratic) concept in natural healing is "food is medicine", holistic professionals advocate real, whole, high-quality (nutritionally dense, chemical-free, non-GM) food, targeted nutritional supplements and herbal medicine to promote healing - naturally and noninvasively. This natural health practice chooses organically grown, whole food supplements and premium quality medicinal herbs over synthetic (toxic) nutrients and substandard over-the-counter herbs. A holistic perspective emphasizes prevention and wellness through a healthy balanced lifestyle, which includes nourishing food, natural “medicine”, fresh air, stress reduction, adequate sleep, physical activity, social connection, creativity, play and inspiration.
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