- Philosophical – characterized by comprehension of the parts of something as intimately interconnected and explicable only by reference to the whole.
- Medical – characterized by the treatment of the whole person, taking into account mental and social factors, rather than just the physical symptoms of a disease.
A nutritionist is someone who studies or is an expert in nutrition. When you combine these words into a “holistic nutritionist“ you end with a person who is skilled in nutrition and also views the body with a holistic mindset, looking at it as a whole of interlocking parts affected by the food we eat plus several other influences like vitamins, minerals, toxins, chemicals, stress, hormones etc etc.
In practice a holistic minded nutritionist helps gets their clients feeling better as a whole, rather than simply aiding them in a specific symptom. There can be quick relief just like symptom specific methods, but instead of the symptoms continuing to return, they go away and stop hindering a persons quality of life. Many traditional practitioners look at a client with a “one pill per ill“ mindset, which can leave a client with more questions than answers. Say someone comes in with constant pounding headaches. A typical recommendation would be painkillers. What if headaches were caused by a food intolerance and by simply identifying and eliminating the triggering food you stop the headaches and improve other functions in the body as well?
Another example of how a holistic nutritionist can help you would be in the area of nutrient deficiencies. Instead of just taking a multi vitamin complex it can be beneficial and informative to do functional lab testing to identify real vitamin and mineral deficiencies that are causing symptoms and health challenges. For instance, if someone is feeling depressed a traditional practitioner may suggest an antidepressant to help. A holistic nutritionist can help by checking levels of B vitamins, MTHFR, antioxidants, neurotransmitters and of course food intolerances which all effect the mood. The holistic method gets to the root cause of symptoms to bring everlasting results. When a person comes in not feeling well, they recognize that the body is a collection of pieces that all affect each other. When one part of the body is not functioning optimally we look at the body as a whole and get to the root cause of distresses preventing health, happiness and healing.
Nutritionally Yours has a Holistic Nutritionist, Medical Doctor, Wellness Chef, Counselor and a great customer services staff. We are here to help you feel your best. We offer health supportive consultations in office, over the phone or via facetime for people not able to visit our clinic. We are located in Roswell GA, just 45 minutes north of Atlanta, GA.
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Alane Palmer, Naturopath, CNC
Medical disclaimer: Testing cannot be used to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. All test results are to be used as educational materials and as a guide to help support your overall health and wellness. Always discuss health concerns with your medical doctor.
By Alane Palmer, Naturopath, CNC