FOOD IS MEDICINE

Functional and Integrative Nutrition is about using scientific research, practical knowledge, and a comprehensive assessment of an individual to help discern, customise, and apply the most supportive food and nutrition plan for each individual:  It offers real solutions for the whole family by combining diet, nutrient therapy, structural support, energy medicine and lifestyle advice to restore the body’s natural ability to grow, heal and prevent disease through gut health. There is no one-size-fits-all solution.

Dr Mel has a very keen interest in nutrition and continues to undertake extensive training in this area of health care. She has completed specialised practitioner training through organisations such as

  • The Medical Academy of Paediatric Special Needs
  • Bio-individual Nutrition Institute
  • MINDD Foundation

 and is always on the lookout for more research and new ideas to bring to her patients.

faq’s

So what is a "healthy" diet?

The answer is, “it depends”. There is no one-size-fits-all dietary program, each person is unique with individual biochemical needs and requires a unique bio-individual nutrition approach.

Going beyond the old paradigm of energy in and energy out there are so many other things to consider……….Additives, preservatives, colours, good/bad fats, salicylates, amines, glutamates, oxalates, grains, gluten, dairy, soy, sugar, organic, FODMAPS, food intolerance or allergy, the list goes on!

Working with a practitioner can help you get the solution you need.

How can food affect me?

An inappropriate diet can affect weight loss and weight gain, digestive issues of bloating, constipation, diarrhoea, IBS, pain and nausea but can ALSO have an effect on your 

  • energy levels 
  • mood 
  • sleep 
  • hormones 
  • skin 
  • immune system 
  • concentration 
  • learning 
  • behaviour 
  • emotions and 
  • stress response

Can learning, mood and behaviour be linked to diet?

Absolutely! The role of food in mood, behaviour and learning has been studied for years. Not only can additives cause problems, but the compounds found in healthy food can also have an effect.

What are additives?

  • Artificial additives, including artificial flavors and colours – can be intercepted as toxins by your child’s body, causing more strain on an already compromised system. These additives also contain phenols, which can contribute to poor methylation.
  • Preservatives – often made up of fatty acids that can worsen gastrointestinal symptoms, but also contain phenols.
  • Monosodium glutamate – found in most processed food, eating it can cause an imbalance of glutamate – a powerful neurotransmitter – in the body.
  • Artificial sweeteners – Many artificial sweeteners can affect the gut microbiome, or cause gastrointestinal upset.
  • GMOs and Pesticides – GMOs and pesticides are a powerful form of toxin that can affect an already overloaded immune system
  • Gluten and casein – as above, undigested gluten and casein can form into an opiate, causing brain fog and irritability. These foods also causes inflammation in the gut.
  • Sugar – sugar is an inflammatory, that also feeds yeast in the gut, contributing to yeast overgrowth.