What is Nutrition?

The art of choosing our food to gain more control over how we feel, how we age, how we resist illnesses and how many years of active life we can enjoy. What we eat not only affects our day to day health but also helps determine the quality and the length of our life. As the media give us more access to the results of decades of research, we are more aware of the effect the world we live in has on our health.

We know that asbestos is an environmental hazard, that UV rays from the sun can cause skin cancer, and that smoking can damage health in various ways. We are also learning more about how nutrition and the ways in which food is grown and prepared affect our general health and life expectancy. Today, most of us understand that eating is not just about putting fuel in the tank to keep going, as if we were a machine. We wouldn't dream of filling up our car with the wrong fuel, so how can we learn more about what happens to our body when we feed it the wrong food? There's a very subtle relationship between food and the human body. Minor changes in eating habits can lead to major changes in health.

Nutrition is still a young science but it is clear that there are few illnesses that diet can't help to prevent, cure or at least make more bearable. As well as having a role in the struggle against heart disease, cancer and arthritis, food and the way we eat it can also help to conquer stress, insomnia, infertility and low energy levels.

In the last few years, I have learnt more specifically about using food for

• strengthen the immune system for all ages,

• help children with behaviour and/or learning difficulties,

• type 2 diabetes,

• thyroid problems,

• respiratory conditions (colds, chest infections, catarrh, asthma),

• weight control,

• aches and pains (headaches and migraines, sciatica, neuralgia, growing pains,... arthritis),

• coping with allergies and intolerances.