What is Integrative Nutrition?
Integrative Nutrition at Nourish Your Mind, LLC unites Holistic Nutrition, Behavioral Psychology and Empowerment through Education to provide you with a comprehensive and unique service that transcends mainstream nutrition services and gives you insight into your relationship and behavior patterns with food.
Integrative Nutrition looks at the psychophysiology of how digestion, assimilation, calorie burning and all the nutritive functions of the body are literally and scientifically impacted by stress, relaxation, thoughts, beliefs, emotions, pleasure, eating rhythm, eating speed, awareness, our past experiences, and more…
To put it simply…. There’s a lot more to it than just WHAT you eat.
According to the well accepted research, STRESS has the following impact:
- De-regulates appetite and drives us to eat more
- Increases cortisol and insulin which signal weight gain
- Decreased muscle growth
- Causes digestive upset
- Leads to intense nutrient excretion
- Kills healthy gut bacteria
- Increases unhealthy cholesterol levels
- Can lower thyroid and growth hormone levels
- Can make us more susceptible to food allergies
- and the list goes on!
Nutrient balance is the key to success! Nourish Your Mind, LLC is rooted in the belief that given the right tools – with proper nutrition and lifestyle habits – our bodies can attain balance and achieve optimal health. With Integrative Nutrition, negative symptoms can be prevented, managed and often reversed. Our mental, physical and emotional state all depend on our ability to not only eat, but absorb and properly utilize, the nutrients from our diet.
By using an Integrative Nutrition approach, we are able identify the root causes of ailments. By identifying root causes, rather than just “fixing” symptoms, we can work towards living a fuller, richer, and more balanced life.
- Digestive Issues
- Mood Problems
- Difficultly Losing Weight
- Trouble Concentrating
- Memory Issues
- Joint Pain/Muscle Weakness
- Food Cravings
- Frequent Illness
Common Disease States
- Autoimmune Disorders
- Digestive Diseases
- Thyroid Problems
- Adrenal Fatigue
- Eating Disorders
- Blood Sugar Issues
- Skin Issues
- Chronic Pain and Inflammation
- Psychological Issues
- Autism Spectrum
- Women’s Health Issues
How does Integrative Nutrition work?
We are all very different and unique individuals! Integrative Nutrition begins by identifying your bio-individual nutrition and health needs. Through several comprehensive tools your Integrative Nutritionist will put together a personalized diet, lifestyle, and supplement nutrition plan that is tailored specifically towards your goals. Recommendations are always unique to your bio-individual needs and therefore will address your very specific health concerns and goals. Included in the process is ongoing support to ensure that you break down the barriers and overcome negative patterns in order to achieve lasting results.
Discover your full potential by learning to nourish your body through nutrient-dense, whole foods and lifestyle improvements. Through education and support, Nourish Your Mind will provide you with life-long tools that you can use to help you feel your best, take control over your life and optimize the health of you and your loved ones.
Integrative Nutrition places heavy emphasis on the following foundational aspects of health:
- Proper Digestion
- Blood Sugar Regulation
- Mineral Balance
- Fatty Acid Balance
- Proper Hydration
- A Nutrient-Dense Whole Foods Diet
What should I expect from my Integrative Nutritionist?
Your Integrative Nutritionist will be your personal guide to optimal health. We will work to build a therapeutic, supportive relationship with you in order to better assist you through this journey. To begin, using several comprehensive tools, we will put together a personalized diet, lifestyle, and supplement nutrition plan that is tailored specifically towards your goals.
You will meet regularly with your nutritionist to address psychosocial and behavioral barriers, learn new skills and more! The mind, body and spirit are complex, interconnected pieces of a puzzle that must be able to communicate and work as partners. We welcome you to think of your Integrative Nutrition sessions as therapy that addresses the whole person – Mind, Body & Soul!
The road to health is an ongoing process. We understand that making changes can be difficult and will tailor your plan step-by-step along the way with realistic, reachable goals. Your feed back and honesty is essential to the process and you will play an integral part in your Integrative Nutrition at all times.
The Functional Evaluation helps your Nutritional Therapy Practitioner identify areas of specific weakness in the body and your bio-individual nutrition needs. This hands on evaluation is unique to Nutritional Therapy. It is a non-invasive assessment tool which will be performed on a treatment table within Move Physical Therapy’s clinic. You will be asked to wear comfortable clothing for appointments wherein a functional evaluation will be conducted.
During the Functional Evaluation, your practitioner will palpate with mild to moderate pressure on specific physiological indicator points on your body. For each point, your body will provide important feedback and you will be asked to report a tenderness rating of 0 to 10. Your practitioner will explain to you the physiological indicator of the different points as you move through the evaluation. In addition to physical palpation, several other assessment tools may be used including blood pressure, pulse, taste tests and more.
The Functional Evaluation will provide valuable information about the following health priorities and systems:
- Blood Sugar Handling
- Fatty Acid Balance
- Tissue Mineral Status
- Immune & Allergy
Your practitioner will perform different sections of the Functional Evaluation tailored to your individual needs based on their review of your Nutritional Assessment Questionnaire, Initial Interview Form and the information you provide during your nutritional therapy session.
Lingual-Neural Testing (LNT) is a valuable biofeedback tool that enables your Nutritional Therapy Practitioner to determine the usefulness of a nutritional supplement to your body’s specific needs prior to adding it to your nutritional plan.
LNT accesses the body’s innate ability to discriminate between what it needs, and what it does not need, in order to correct a specific problem -a weak organ or a nutritional deficiency, for example. This simple and effective technique makes the difference between a generic nutritional therapy plan and a individualized one.
The phenomenon that is observed with LNT represents:
- The existences of physiologic indicators, like the heart rate, that reflect specific body functions and their relative health.
- The powerful connection between the sensory function of the mouth and the brain, or central nervous system (CNS).
- The ability of the CNS to recognize the value of what is in the mouth (i.e. a nutritional supplement).
- The tendency of the CNS to immediately change the physiologic indicator in response and proportional to the recognized value of a particular nutrient.
There are three fundamental questions that your Nutritional Therapy Practitioner needs to address with each client to provide effective nutritional therapy:
- Is there a functional deficiency?
- What particular nutrient will work for this client?
- When is the client sufficient?
LNT enables your practitioner, once an assessment is complete, to address these questions by measuring your response to therapy options.
Indicators responsive to LNT are assessed in the following manner:
- The baseline status of the physiological indicator is determined (i.e. the heart rate is taken) by the practitioner.
- When the indicator is a reflex point, the practitioner will palpate the point with moderate pressure and you will be asked to rate the level of tenderness on a scale of 0 to 10.
- A small sample of a considered nutrient is held in the mouth and fully tasted for 20-30 seconds.
The status of the indicator is reassessed in the same manner as before.
- If improved, the indicator confirms the usefulness of the nutritional supplement in supporting the specific body function that is related to the physiological indicator.
- If the indicator was not improved, or is worse, you can assume that the nutrient being tested simply wasn’t right for your body’s current needs.
LNT can be an important contribution to a successful health recovery plan. LNT allows you to receive an individualized nutritional therapy plan that reflects both the value of your practitioner’s experience and the innate intelligence of your body.
Is Integrative Nutrition right for you?
If you are ready to take charge of your health then Nourish Your Mind, LLC is ready to help you get there. Integrative Nutrition is an interactive process between you and your Integrative Nutritionist. Your Integrative Nutritionist will provide you with counseling, knowledge, support and the tools you will need to help you along the way. It is your responsibility to implement your bio-individual plan and put those tools to use to reach your goals. The ultimate success results from your willingness to make lifestyle changes and take charge of your health.