The nutritional status of a person often plays a critical role in maintaining or restoring one’s health. Proper nutrition also increases the efficacy of homeopathic remedies as well as other therapies. Although there are some broad guidelines that apply to just about everyone, as in homeopathy, it is essential to also consider the uniqueness of each person’s body and needs. To achieve an optimal status, it is important to look at the following aspects for each individual:
What is the best balance of food types?
That means achieving a personal balance of fats, carbohydrates, and proteins; vegetable and animal food; starchy and non-starchy vegetables levels. Again, each individual will be slightly different in regards to what works best.
Are there food sensitivities or allergies?
Some foods can – and often do – disturb the digestion and/or the immune system. At times these can be quite obvious, but quite frequently they are less so, ‘silently’ compromising a person’s health and lowering the sense of wellbeing. It is important to recognize that a person can be ‘sensitive’ to a food, that is, it can be the cause of symptoms or make one feel unwell, even if one is not actually allergic, that is, even if it doesn’t cause an overt immune response.
What is the balance of alkalinizing and acidifying foods that is being consumed?
Ideally, the blood should be mildly alkaline (pH 7.4) and most disease organisms
thrive in an acidic environment. Unfortunately, modern dietary habits, stress
and environmental degradation promote acidity in our body. Addressing this issue
can go a long way toward becoming and staying healthy.
Broadly speaking, dietary supplements play two distinct but often overlapping roles in promoting health: literally as supplements, filling in the gaps in terms of the vitamins, minerals and nutrients that we are not consuming through our diet, or as natural medicines that are taken to address specific symptoms or conditions.
An appropriate regimen of supplementation, which can also mean avoiding over-consumption or unnecessary duplication, will support and/or augment homeopathic as well as other treatments.
Changes in either diet or supplementation need to be implemented in an orderly and appropriately timed way so as to be coordinated with other treatment modalities. It can be advantageous to institute these changes either before or after the commencement of other therapies in order to allow for a more accurate assessment of the individual effect of various treatments, diet and supplementation.
Aside from observing the effects of changes in diet and supplements, sometimes testing for vitamin and mineral deficiencies, dietary or supplement compatibility, allergies and sensitivities, or digestive problems is also an appropriate step to take. This can be done via a number of means including blood, saliva, urine, or hair tests, EAV or simple pulse-kinesiological tests.