Nutrition doesn’t sound like an orthodox gift, especially after reading the phrase to yourself out loud without any context behind it. After all, nutrition as a health issue has only been recently explored and America is only just now trying to get a grasp on the idea that when it comes to medicine and healthcare, there isn’t exactly a one size fits all approach. But what we have found both in the United States and around the world is that nutrition has played a much bigger role in our lives than we originally thought, as well as what we eat, and our exercise levels.
It is a fairly new concept to grasp and we all live very diverse lifestyles but if you find yourself or someone close to you in any of the situations listed below, then maybe you should consider looking into visiting a nutritionist/dietitian.
If You Have Low Productivity and Persistent Tiredness
I suspect that you are wondering, “What does nutrition have to do with self care or my energy levels? You’d be surprised with just how much nutrition plays a part in a person’s daily performance.
According to the first major nutrition workplace study by the International Labor Organization in 2005, “Better nutrition in the workplace can raise national productivity rates, while workplace meal programs can prevent micro-nutrient deficiencies and chronic diseases.” Heck, even if you are just deficient one mineral or vitamin it is enough to throw your productivity out of sync. “Low iron, which affects up to half the world’s population, is tied to sluggishness and diminished cognitive ability and thus accidents and low productivity.”
Even Harvard backed up this finding in 2014 with its own declaration that, “Food has a direct impact on our cognitive performance, which is why a poor decision at lunch can derail an entire afternoon.”
A nutritionist in this scenario can help you with altering bad habits and finding the right types of foods to boost your intake of the right amount of vitamins and minerals to keep you in good shape.
If You Have Food Related Allergies or Diseases
Food allergies in the US have become increasingly common and metabolic diseases have been on the rise over the last few decades. According to the CDC, in the state of Alabama alone, there has been a consistent trend of at least 10% of the state population having diabetes since 2008.
Most people who find themselves in a situation of a newly diagnosed chronic disease or allergy oftentimes do not have detailed knowledge or coping skills to figure out what to do in their situation. And while your doctor can provide a basic list of what is safe and dangerous, each allergy and disease can come with their own levels of severity depending on the person this has happened to.
This is where a nutritionist can step in and help fill in the blanks. Nutritionists and Dietitians are experts in their field that can help fill in the blanks for each specific situation, and can help each diagnosed person to cope with the new lifestyle change that comes with the discovery of an allergy or disease.
If You Are Going Through Hormonal Changes
Nutrition also plays a large role in hormonal balance, which is crucial for your body during times of high stress levels, aging, and pregnancy. Without proper nutrition, your hormone levels can be so out of balance that your body would have a very hard time coping with growth and development, metabolizing, sexual performance, and mood swings.
According to the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, “Eating to balance your hormones consists of achieving the right balance of macro and micro nutrients so your endocrine system gets the right variety and amounts of the key nutrients it needs to produce optimal hormone levels.”
A nutritionist can come in handy in this situation because they often know what foods can produce the right amount of nutrients that your body needs to function properly.
If You Think You Have an Eating Disorder or Engage in Binging Behaviors
Another situation in which there is a need to visit a nutritionist or a dietitian is when you believe that you or a loved one are running the risk of an eating disorder, indulging in binging behaviors, and/or are developing an obsession with either food or body image.
While this sort of situation that oftentimes should be handled by a multidisciplinary team with medical specialists and psychiatrists also, the presence of a dietitian/expert nutritionist is also very much warranted. Especially if the signs of an oncoming eating disorder are mitigated early on.
According to Mentalhealthamerica.net, “Disordered eating and dangerous weight loss behaviors have unfortunately become normalized in our culture. Dieting, “clean eating” and compulsive exercise are often precursors to full-blown eating disorders. There is a common misconception that symptoms must be severe in order to seek professional help, but any symptom is cause for concern and it is best to intervene early. When disordered eating has a negative impact on quality of life, it’s time to seek help.”
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