The ongoing conversations and opinions about Nutrition choices are the latest hot topic.  There are lots of controversial relationships between different types foods and supplements, with both views portraying an integrated approach to nutrition.

On one side of the fence, food producers suggest that they can provide all the necessary nutrition in daily servings from basic whole food groups. As the science in this area advances, there is evidence to show that the food we consume in todays world may not provide all of our optimal dietary needs and essential nutrients.  This is due to factors such as increased cost in quality produce production, and difficult preparations with the proper balance of food for the average consumer.

On the other hand, dietary supplements are sometimes recommended without regard to the needs of the client, nature of the diet or deficiencies, and with the assumption that all supplements provide benefit.

When a nutritional imbalance (that we may not even be aware of) becomes chronic, we start to see symptoms of dis-ease in the body – sometimes not for years down the track.  The usual advice is to get the nutrients from your food first – and simply eat a healthy diet.  However the ability of most of us trying to track our intake of major vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and nutrients from foods alone is poor.

An integrated nutrition approach, or a the concept of a ‘complete diet‘, consists of a healthy diet of whole food groups – including high-quality protein sources, healthy fats, oils, the right kind of carbohydrates from fruit and vegetables – as well as including supplementation to play a role in reinforcing what is missing from the diet such as vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants.

An integrated approach to wellness and nutrition should also include an activity or exercise that is relative to health and wellness goals.

All aspects combined will lead to a dynamic health shift.  It is not about taking food apart to find the active ingredient, but rather it is about bringing together the many different nutrients, and a healthy active lifestyle for our bodies to move towards it natural state of wellness.

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