You may get a yearly skin check-up, and even have regular physio, chiropractic or acupuncture appointments. But chances are there’s one important appointment you’re not making time for; a visit to a qualified nutritionist.
What a chiropractor does for your musculoskeletal system, a nutritionist does to keep your digestive system running optimally. They also help ensure you get the proper nutrients and minerals you need so you can feel fabulous. If you still need convincing, here are a few more reasons as to why you should consider making an appointment to see a nutritionist:
- You’re Irregular or TOO Regular
You should be having 1-2 healthy bowel movements per day. Any more than that and it’s classified as loose stools or diarrhoea, and any less than once a day is classified as constipation. A nutritionist can do some investigative work in regards to your diet and lifestyle choices to see where they can help you, and to discover the root cause of your stubborn constipation or diarrhoea. They can also order a comprehensive stool test for you to see what bacteria, yeasts, parasites and pathogens are currently living in your gut and which beneficial bacteria you may be lacking. This type of information is crucial for getting to the bottom of these types of digestive issues. If you would like more information, specifically on constipation, please read the following blog called ‘Why You Could Be Constipated and 14 Tips on How to Relieve Constipation Naturally’ for some tips.
- You Have a Food Sensitivity or Allergy
The symptoms brought on by a food allergy or sensitivity often leads doctors to prescribe medications that aren’t actually needed. Instead, it is important to identify the food or foods that are causing these symptoms. But before you begin cutting out foods and/or food groups, it’s a good idea to consult a nutritionist so you don’t develop any nutrient and mineral deficiencies in the process. A nutritionist can also help you to determine if your symptoms are, in fact, due to a food sensitivity or something else entirely, such as lifestyle choices or stress.
Additionally, if you have known multiple food allergies or sensitivities you may be feeling stressed because you have no idea what you can eat, or what healthy ingredients you can use as substitutes. Nutritionists can create successful, nourishing, yummy and easy recipes free from common allergens such as wheat, gluten, dairy, grains, corn, eggs and nuts, as well as those that are low or no sugar, paleo and vegetarian when needed.
- If You’ve Tried Every Other Diet Out There
And you never see any results. A nutritionist is an outsider, so they’re able to see things from a different perspective and can help to point out what’s making a positive difference toward your health/goal(s) and what may not be. A nutritionist has seen all kinds of setbacks and challenges among their clients, so they can help you to successfully troubleshoot your own health problems or plateaus.
- If You’re Suffering From Reflux
You may first want to check with your doctor that it’s not stemming from something more serious, but a nutritionist can help you with your diet to make sure food isn’t causing it or making your symptoms much worse.
- You’re Eating All The Right Foods But Still Can’t Lose Weight
If you have a consistent lack of ability to lose weight despite doing all the right things like working out, eating well, getting enough sleep and managing your stress levels, it’s a good idea to see a nutritionist. They can discuss with you some of the pitfalls you may not be aware of when it comes to losing weight and can help figure out if further tests are needed or what specific areas of your health you should be focusing on.
- If You’re ALWAYS Tired
Unless you’re a new mum, you shouldn’t be finding yourself too tired to do the things you love. If you find your work performance sliding due to fatigue, or you just can’t seem to find the motivation to get out of bed or off the couch to do some exercise, then turning to your diet may be an important first step. A nutritionist can help pinpoint which foods are lowering your energy levels, as well as offer advice on how to increase your energy levels naturally, using food.
- You’re Too Busy To Cook Healthy Meals or You’re Just in Need of Some Inspiration
Are you stretched a bit thin? Are you exhausted trying to juggle full-time work with your family life, pets, friends, alone time and cooking healthy food? There could be a chance that you’re not adequately fueling your body to maintain that busy schedule. Or perhaps you need tips for quick and easy recipes or batch cooking? A nutritionist can help.
- You Have Gut Issues
The obvious signs of gut issues include digestive problems such as constipation, diarrhoea, stomach pains, leaky gut, bloating and fowl smelling flatulence. But there are other signs of problems with the gut that aren’t tummy troubles and which you may not have thought of. These include acne, skin issues/rashes, anxiety, depression, iron deficiency and weight issues. A nutritionist can work with you to help re-build and nurture your gut health through food and in turn get your overall health back on track. Please note that one consultation will not magically cure you – if you have gut issues it may take several months or even years. But it’s still important you get the support and guidance you need throughout this period.
- You Have Persistent Health Issues That Need to Be Addressed
Do you suffer from recurrent headaches, migraines, warts, diarrhoea, constipation, bloating, coughs, dizziness, boils, skin rashes, sinus problems, lethargy and insomnia (to name but a few)? These are not normal symptoms and I would hate for you to have to suffer with them for the rest of your life thinking they are normal. You might want to seek out a health professional so they can help you to discover the underlying cause of these symptoms.
- You Need Support & Guidance
Having someone else to be accountable to when you set goals or implement new dietary changes can be a great motivator when it comes to sticking to those action steps. Knowing you have an upcoming appointment can help to remind you to make choices you’ll feel good/happy about.
You can go to a nutritionist with questions, or to get their opinion on the latest diet trends you may be reading about, like high fat, low carb, the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) diet, intermittent fasting or vegan diet and so on. By seeing a nutritionist, you’ll save time and money by making sure you buy the right foods and put your hard-earned money toward ingredients and ideas that are actually going to get you closer to feeling your best.
And lastly, for those times you’re feeling down, having someone there to point out how far you’ve come and how capable you are can turn your mood around, encourage you and help you to stay motivated.
Time for Positive Change
‘If nothing changes, nothing changes.’
There is power in seeking help. We are each responsible for tending to our own health. Reaching out for help, support and guidance may be what’s needed for a successful and positive change in your health, especially if:
- You’ve been struggling with a health issue for a long time
- You’re confused and have no idea what to eat because you have multiple food sensitivities or food allergies
- Or you simply wish to be held accountable for your eating habits.
Happy Changing Habits!