5 fun Nutrition facts you didn’t know
Did you know that food you eat can impact how you feel? Feeding your body with the right nutrition can affect your whole day.
Do you know that a clinical nutritionist does or when you should see one? Well, you’re in the right place!
I’m Court. A nutritionist, dog mum and lover of being outside in nature, baking, music, reading and many other hobbies I’m pretty average at.
I came to nutrition after my own dissatisfying experiences with the Western model of healthcare – being passed from specialist without answers, short appointments where I didn’t have the opportunity to ask questions, and a lack of follow up appointments when my test results came back negative but I was still experiencing symptoms.
It left me feeling like the doctors just didn’t care.
So, I decided to study a Bachelor of Health Science (Nutritional and Dietetic Medicine) at Endeavour College of Natural Health to become a Clinical Nutritionist, to improve my own health and help others to do the same. As a Clinical Nutritionist, I provide dietary and lifestyle advice on a range of symptoms and health conditions. We ask a lot of questions about symptoms and bodily systems to understand the ‘why’ behind your symptoms or condition. Mental health, immune support, autoimmune diseases and general wellbeing are areas I’m particularly passionate about and I will be sharing much of his knowledge here in the form of articles and recipes!
But first, here are some fast and fun Nutrition facts
The digestive system is the control centre for the body
Did you know the digestive system has been referred to as “the second brain” because of its role as the control centre for the body. Many of the bodily systems connect through the digestive system such as the brain, adrenal system, endocrine system and circulatory system are connected through the digestive system.
Our poop can tell us a lot about our health!
In nutrition, I get to talk about poop every day because of the clues it can tell us about our health. Undigested foods, colour, consistency and timing can tell us about how well you’re absorbing nutrients, excreting waste from the body, breaking down foods and if there are infections or bleeding in the digestive tract.
Nutritional deficiencies can show with very strange symptoms
Did you know, low vitamin B12 can manifest as a lack of dreams? Low iron can present as marks of the nails? Hair loss can be a symptom of low zinc? Often a symptom can represent many deficiencies so it’s important to see a practitioner who can take a full case history and draw the dots between your symptoms. It’s common to have symptoms of deficiency even when your blood tests are normal!
The food we eat impacts how we feel
Okay, so I gave this one away at the top of this article, but I wanted to talk about it more! You wouldn’t put diesel in a petrol car and expect it to run smoothly, our bodies are exactly the same – they just don’t run smoothly without the right fuel. Our body has to do something with everything we put in and on it. This includes breaking it down, absorbing it or excreting it. There’s only a certain number of things the body can do at a time. So if it’s too busy excreting things it can’t use, nutrients won’t be absorbed, resulting in fatigue, low energy and many other symptoms.
There’s a difference between the vitamins a practitioner gives you and the ones from the chemist
The vitamins and supplements from the chemist are often in a very low dose because they have to be safe enough for anyone to take as many as they like. Often, they are produced with many ‘filler’ ingredients and are prone to oxidation due to how they’re stored. Practitioner-grade supplements are available and therefore, more powerful.
I truly believe anyone can improve their health at any age and I look forward to sharing more information with you. If there are any particular topics you’re interested in, please comment below.