Naturna's Approach To Nutrition
Combining our Eastern and Western expertise, as well as the most recent updates in medical research, we take an individualized approach to nutritional counseling, providing tailored solutions to suit your unique physiological needs. Every person is different and there’s no one diet that will heal all. As our patient, we’ll educate you about which foods to eat and avoid, supply you with delicious recipes customized to your program, and most importantly, offer one-on-one coaching to keep you motivated and committed.
While we work with each patient to customize a meal plan, we see amazing results when people generally “clean up” their diet, eliminating processed foods with too many artificial ingredients and preservatives, avoid household toxins in the kitchen, and add more nutrient-dense foods. We work with you to determine the level of dietary changes that are feasible and comfortable for you. For example, some may find it easy to cut out dairy, while that might be a difficult and slow process for another, so we encourage communication between you and your practitioners to find healthy, realistic changes for your health.
Say Yes To:
- Vegetables (especially leafy greens)
- Fruit (especially antioxidant-rich berries)
- Healthy Fats (such as avocado, olive oil, almonds, chia seeds)
- High Fiber Foods (such as sweet potato, oats, lentils)
- Mineral-Dense Foods (such as pumpkin seeds, sea vegetables, organ meats)
- Grass-Fed & Wild Proteins (such as salmon, sardines, venison, lamb)
- Herbal Teas
- Glass Containers & Jars
Get Rid of/Reduce:
- Junky, packaged, pre-made products with long ingredient lists
- Switch Dairy (such as milk, cheese, ice cream) for Alternatives (such as hemp, almond, coconut products)
- Gluten (such as breads, pasta, muffins)
- Processed and Non-Organic Meats (such as hot dogs, chicken nuggets, deli meat)
- Refined, White-Sugar-Laden Foods (such as candy, cookies, ketchup)
- Plastic Containers & Cups
Eating for Mind, Body, and Spirit
Naturna’s approach to diet incorporates elements of Eastern medicine’s understanding of Food Energetics coupled with the modern Western discipline called Functional Nutrition. Food Energetics looks at the tastes and energies that various foods carry and how they impact mind, body, and spirit. Functional Nutrition looks at the way food and nutrients affect us at a cellular level. Together, they make a cutting-edge fusion of traditional concepts coupled with modern scientific research and analysis.
Today’s foods do not have the nutrient value they once did. Poor soil content, rushed farming methods , genetically modified crops, overuse of pesticides, processed foods – this and much more have contributed to low-nutrient food quality. This, coupled with our stressed and taxing lifestyles leaves us more vulnerable to ailments. While supplements are not a replacement for proper lifestyle choices, they can help to fortify our bodies own coping and healing mechanisms.
At Naturna, we utilize cutting-edge lab tests for saliva, urine, stool, hair, and blood to assist us in identifying the causative factors behind your health situation. From these results we can assess the state of your digestive, hormonal, environmental, and emotional stressors and give informed direction to your most optimal treatment plan.
What We Treat
Here are some of the conditions we commonly provide nutritional services for:
When preparing to conceive, simple changes to your diet can greatly enhance fertility. Most women don’t realize that certain foods can help boost your ability to conceive while others may deter it. Many foods could be inhibiting your chances to conceive by making the body an unpleasant and unsafe environment for a baby. What’s on your plate could also be inhibiting the necessary hormones from being released as well as endangering the uterus and ovaries by creating fibroids or worsening growth of cysts. The journey to increase your fertility begins by increasing your intake of low-glycemic carbohydrates, protein from non-animal sources, omega-3 fatty acids, and a list of minerals such as zinc, selenium, iron, and CoQ10. Avoiding high-glycemic carbohydrates, animal proteins, processed foods, alcohol, dairy, and gluten can also help. The guidelines we provide at the Naturna Institute can help you find the happy medium that is best for your body by making sustainable changes to your diet little by little.
Nutrition can affect your mood, metabolism, and hormones. It is first important to understand that many products can contain added hormones, like non-organic meats and dairy, and many products used for cooking contain harmful substances that can also impact your hormone levels. Since we integrate our treatment methods, we often suggest dietary changes for patients to support the proper balance of hormones. When it comes to hormonal balance, the first step for nutrition might be a detoxification, or detox. Although the term detox is popular nowadays, we stay away from trendy diets and instead use a healthy detox plan, specific for your needs, to help eliminate to toxins that are already present in your body. In addition, we incorporate several general principles to nutrition for hormone health, like clean eating to avoid pesticides, preservatives, and added hormones, as well as incorporating a variety of nutrients into your diet. What makes nutrition at Naturna special is that we know that every person’s body is different: while eating well is a good place to start, learning about your own specific needs is what makes our integrative approach effective. We will use nutrition in combination with our other treatment modalities to approach your hormone balance from all angles so that we can find, treat, and eliminate the problem for good.
Without a doubt, a nutritious, well-balanced eating plan can be one of the greatest gifts you give to your developing baby. Keeping a healthy lifestyle throughout pregnancy, as well as before and after, is key for both baby and mother. Important steps to a healthy pregnancy include eating a balanced diet; gaining the right amount of weight; enjoying regular physical activity; taking a vitamin and mineral supplement if recommended by a physician; and avoiding alcohol, tobacco and other harmful substances. Nutrient needs during pregnancy are not static, they vary during the course of pregnancy. Women need to consume a minimum of 175 grams of carbohydrates or about 50 percent of your total caloric intake. You want to choose good carbohydrates such as vegetables, fruits, and legumes instead of processed foods; this may help women manage pregnancy weight gain. Pregnant women should take in at least 25 grams of protein a day, 13 grams of healthy fats a day, and increase water intake while eliminating alcohol and caffeine intake. Pregnant women should also take supplements to help facilitate a healthy pregnancy, such as folate, calcium, Vitamins A and D, and iron.
The period of time after giving birth is very important for both nourishment and repair. The body has been supporting a growing baby, with higher demands put on the body. Proper nutrition is extremely important for tissue repair, blood loss, and re-balancing hormones and neurochemistry. At Naturna we incorporate the wisdom of eastern traditions with modern recipes to give you an easy, accessible and delicious postpartum program.
One of the most frustrating things that many women experience is weight gain that seems to come out of the blue. There are so many diet plans, pills, and other alternatives that claim to make you lose weight. But do they work? No. What’s worse is that most of them are not based in nutrition, health, or medicinal knowledge, so they are often temporary fixes that don’t last, and they fail to account for the differences in our bodies that cause weight retention and weight gain. At Naturna, we consider each person’s approach to weight loss as a new goal, and the nutritional services we provide are based in our understanding of your body’s constitution and needs. We use the basics of good nutrition to support a healthy and balanced diet, while also adding in specific recommendations based on you. For example, if your weight gain is due to a hormone change or imbalance (such as menopause or PCOS), your nutrition plan will include the nutrients needed to balance your hormones, helping regulate weight, and include elimination of foods that may increase the issues causing the weight gain. In contrast, people who want to lose weight that they have gained slowly over time will have a different approach, featuring more gradual changes that introduce the body to a healthier nutrition naturally. Although we offer nutritional consultations in isolation, we also incorporate nutritional suggestions into our acupuncture sessions, and encourage all patients to try the different modalities we offer.
A healthy diet creates a healthy gut and that can also protect your body from autoimmunity. You can learn to manage your autoimmune disease, and have a perfectly normal and enjoyable life. It is important, though, to see a doctor and practitioner who specialize in these types of diseases, follow your treatment plan, and adopt a healthy lifestyle. Ways to adapt a healthy lifestyle with an autoimmune disease include, eating nutritious and well balanced meals, reducing or eliminating inflammatory and allergenic foods, getting sufficient rest, incorporating regular exercise without overdoing it, and reducing the stress factors in your life.
Detoxification requires a specific set of nutrients, antioxidants, and amino acids to assist in the breaking down of these substances. What we eat can drastically affect each of our bodily systems. While some foods can assist detoxification, other foods may clog us up and cause health issues and discomfort such as bloating, gas, diarrhea, headache, or even sinus congestion. You may not know you are sensitive to these foods because the symptoms may not immediately occur after consuming the food. However, through Naturna’s cleansing program, you will be better able to identify which foods your body reacts to well and which ones it does not. The program lasts 10-21 days and is meant to introduce essential nutrients and botanicals you need to efficiently cleanse your body of toxins.