Val Allen Dip.Ed., ND
Lesley Oakes ND, Dip.App.Sc.(Nat), Dip. ABAAHP
Natalie Pickering ND, Dip.App.Sc.
Sam Botica Dip.Hom., ND
Melissa Hohaia Adv.Dip.(Nat), Adv.Dip.(WHM), B.Sc.(Human Biology), Cert.(Health & Fitness), ND
Adele Plumridge Adv.Dip.(Nat), ND, WHM, Cert. Acup.
Jacqui Lamplugh Adv.Dip.(Nat), B.Comp.Med.
It is well recognized that a healthy, nutritious diet is the cornerstone of good health and this plays a vital role in the guidelines give by our PNMC practitioners. Busy lifestyles and convenience fast foods can often compromise health levels. Quite frequently, simple dietary adjustments can dramatically improve the energy, stamina and immune systems of individuals.
With the vast amounts of media information and lifestyle programmes which are now available, most people are better informed of the need for fresh, chemical-free fruits, vegetables, proteins and carbohydrates. The emphasis on low-fat products has been evident on grocery shelves for many years, but it has only recently been shown that diets which are heavily loaded with starchy carbohydrates can compromise digestion and health levels. Similarly, we now know that some fatty acids, such as oily fish and olive oil, are essential for good health.
Specific studies, such as the Zone Diet concepts by Dr Barry Sears and Blood Group Diets by the D'Adamo team, have been utilized by many patients and the benefits to energy, digestion, weight control and disease resistance are now becoming obvious.
Sometimes, varying the amounts of proteins, carbohydrates and fats and the times at which they are consumed can have a huge impact on health. This varies enormously with each individual and it is wise to seek professional guidance. The needs of an adult performing heavy manual labour as compared with those of a sedentary office worker are very different but with professional help fatigue, mental alertness and disease resistance can be improved.
In some cases where people have migrated to another country and adapted a different dietary style, there can be food sensitivity problems.Could it be that the sinus problem, tiredness, skin rash, arthritis, bloating or weight gain that you are experiencing is a reflection of your food intake? Nutrition consultations are covered by most major health funds.