• Nutritional Assessment

  • The body thrives on food either from an emotional need or physical need. How well we choose the food we put into our bodies will directly affect how well our bodies will perform. Humans, like any other animal, must expend less energy acquiring food than what the food delivers. In other words, a wolf must get more energy (nutrition) from eating a rabbit then he or she spends chasing and killing it; otherwise, the wolf would be in a nutritional deficit and die.

    Humans have become the epitome of this philosophy. We drive seated in our cars to the grocery store, pick up our packaged food, drive home; stick it in the microwave or conventional oven and when the timer goes off...we eat. Or worse yet, we drive to a speaker and tell a faceless voice what we would like to eat, drive to a window and are handed our food. When we look at the caloric consumption of the food we have eaten and the amount of calories we have expended on getting it into our mouths, no wonder we are an overweight, diabetic, exercised challenged society with high risk of cardiovascular disease and colon cancer.

    Health challenges occur when systems of the body are out of balance. Often this imbalance is due to nutritional deficiencies and the over abundance of food that congests the body which in turn makes organ and gland function sluggish. Over time, if left unaddressed, this sluggishness leads to an actual tissue change in the body, by means of deposits, growths, under or over production of certain hormones and eventually a change in function. An example of this is Irritable Bowel Syndrome. First it presents as occasional bowel gas and cramping, then moves to a more immediate elimination by way of looser stools followed by bouts of constipation. Eventually, this inflammatory disorder gives way to polyps and the possibility of more serious cellular change with the end diagnosis of Colon Cancer.