12 Signs You Need to See a Nutritional Therapist!
Because sometimes, you need to call in the pros.
You crush it at the gym, eat clean, stock up on supplements and only shop at the Farmers Market. Heck, you even make time for monthly chiropractor appointments.
But, chances are there’s one important appointment you’re not slotting into your schedule: a visit to the nutritionist.
What an ophthalmologist does for your eyes, a nutritional therapist does to keep your digestive system and body running smoothly, all the while making sure you’re getting the proper nutrients and helping you tailor an eating plan that works best for you.
Whether your goal is weight loss, preparing to have a baby, or training for a 5k run, everybody should try and get an appointment in their calendar.
Here are the telltale signs you should see a Nutritional Therapist if you want to be on your A Game!
- You Think You Have an Allergy or Intolerance: Test, don’t guess! before you begin cutting foods out of your diet, it is a good idea to run a food intolerance test.
- You Are Irregular: This is important, believe it or not, your bowel movements should happen one to two times per day!
- Your Stomach Gets Bubbly when You Have Dairy: Lactose intolerance is very dose dependent, meaning that if you have a couple tablespoons of ice cream you may be fine, but a bowl full can send you over the edge.
- You Have Tried Every Diet Out There… and the needle on the scale never moves. Or you gain it all back shortly after dropping weight. Whatever the roadblock, a nutritional therapist can help guide you through changing your lifestyle, rather than following a specific diet plan and help you understand the science behind how food fuels your body, and provide accountability to keep you on track.
- You’ve Got Heartburn or Acid Reflux: 9 times out of 10 this is due to not having enough stomach acid, with the acid sitting in your chest cavity and not your stomach! A simple home test to check your levels of stomach acid can help determine whether it’s something more serious.
- You’ve Just Been Diagnosed with High Cholesterol: Cholesterol is not inherently bad. If it were, your liver wouldn't produce it. Understanding the 3 different numbers that make up your total cholesterol is important – namely HDL, LDL and Triglycerides. The first two are very important. Triglycerides - aka blood fat is the one you want to watch for.
- You’re Doing Everything Right and Still Can’t Shake the Weight: There is a lot more to good nutrition than meets the eye. Running a functional lab test helps pinpoint underlying issues that could be stopping you from getting into the fat burning zone.
- Life Just Got Crazy:Whether you just found out that you are pregnant, just got diagnosed with diabetes, or have decided to train for a marathon, a Nutritional Therapist can help you face the challenge head-on
- You’re Constantly Thinking About Food: if you are constantly thinking about your next meal, it’s time to schedule an appointment! When these thoughts are not fueled by hunger, but rather an ‘obsession’ with food, it could be early signs of disordered eating. Sometimes, learning a bit more about nutrition science can lead you down a healthier road.
- You’re Stretched Too Thin- full-time job, a sideline gig, three pets, kids, and a husband. Simply put, you’re exhausted.
- You Want Babies!- Trying to get pregnant? A nutritional therapist can help prepare your body to have the healthiest pregnancy possible, and ensure your baby is getting all that it needs.
- You’re iron deficient! Did you know that iron deficiency is the most common nutrient deficiency in the world? It’s also the most common among toddlers and preschool aged children. Learn how to tweak your diet and incorporate key foods and ingredients to help resolve iron deficiency and keep it from returning.
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