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Nutrition

Diet, superfoods and supplements to nourish the body

Much of what we do and how we feel is connected to the nourishment of the physical body.  Along with sleep and air, one of the most important aspects of our wellbeing comes from the quality of food we eat.  Holistic nutrition looks at the nutritional quality of food and drink in a person's diet, along with eating in rhythm with the seasons, and supporting environmentally friendly agriculture such as organic or biodynamic farming.

Organic green superfoods are a key superfood that is often included in naturopathic treatment programs.  Green superfoods contain a broad spectrum of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, proteins, and antioxidants to help restore the physical body's self healing capacity.  Barley grass and wheat grass are recommended when there is inflammation of the digestive tract (stomach, liver, colon) or general over-acidity in the body.  Both of these grasses are gluten free and are usually taken as 1 tsp in juice or smoothie each day.  (These superfoods are not recommended if a person has a known allergy to grasses.  An alternative suggestion would be to use spirulina.)

Other superfoods that are useful to include in a holistic nutrition program are seeds (chia, linseed, hemp, pumpkin, sesame), berries (goji, acai, camu camu, goldenberries, macqui), sea vegetables (wakame, arame, nori, dulse), mushroom extracts (shitake, reishi, turkey tail, cordyceps, lion's mane), and bee products (raw honey, bee pollen, propolis).

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