Nutrition – Natural Therapy Approach

It is believed that given the right conditions your body can heal itself. Disease is believed to have been caused by not providing your body with the right physical, mental and spiritual conditions. Therefore if you provide your body with the right conditions you can heal yourself.

Stress, digestion, absorption, circulation and elimination are the five things that need to be in balance.

Cellular Function

It is vitally important to have a healthy cellular function because our body is made up of billions of cells.  It is important to keep our cells healthy and at their optimum level by providing them with the right nutrients then our body will be able to self-heal and regenerate.  It is our responsibility to look after our cells and then our cells will look after us.

Health and Illness

The popular view of health and illness is that health is a state free from illness or injury and that disease is separate from you and happens by accident such as bacteria, virus or injury and they do not take into account that our bodies can self-heal and regenerate.

Natural Therapists believe that we are always in varying stages of health or illness with illness being the final stage after we have ignored the signs and that disease is caused by not providing the right physical, mental or spiritual conditions.  However given the right conditions the body can self-heal itself.

The five early warning signs of impending illness are:

  • Tiredness
  • Lack of energy
  • Mental confusion
  • Irritability
  • Indigestion

Natural therapists should ensure that they keep themselves healthy with a healthy digestive, circulatory and elimination system and to basically practice what they preach.  For without that experience they are not in a position to fully understand and help others with their own healing.

Remember the main factors that affect our health are:

  • Stress
  • Digestion
  • Absorption
  • Circulation
  • Elimination

Or for short remember the word S-DACE.

Health is a state of being free from illness or injury and wholeness.


Enzymes are the catalysts for the digestion and metabolism of our food.  We find natural enzymes in food however nearly all fruit and vegetables that have been stored will have lost all their enzymes.  Also cooking food above 41.9⁰C destroys the enzymes.


The five nutrients that our body requires are:

  • Carbohydrates
  • Protein
  • Fats
  • Vitamins & Minerals
  • Water

Protein is our building food and consists of chains of amino acids that are necessary for living.  The word originated from the Greek ‘proteios’ meaning “first place” or “primary” which is a fitting definition for one of life’s chief components as along with water it is the most abundant substance in our body.  Vitamin B12 is the vitamin that vegetarians often lack as animal protein is a major source of this vitamin.


Food is essential for life because the food provides the nutrients that we need for our cells to repair themselves and grow.  It also provides us with the energy we need on a daily basis to complete any activity we do or that our body requires such as breathing, digesting, keeping warm, and keeping our immune system healthy.

Digestive System

The alimentary canal or gastro-intestinal tract is the tube that runs the entire length from the mouth to the rectum and the digestive system is the organ system that breaks food down into small molecules that are absorbed into the bloodstream and digestion involves the breaking down of this food into smaller and smaller particles to enable us to absorb the nutrients and sent them to our tiny cells via the circulatory system.

Gastric mucus is alkaline and is necessary to protect the stomach from acids released during digestion.

The three things that contribute toward peptic ulcers are alcohol, caffeine and salicylic acid and they should be removed from the diet of anyone suffering from this complaint.

Peristalsis is the involuntary constriction and relaxation of muscles in the intestine which create wave-like movements that push the contents along the canal.

The composition of bile is 97-98% water and the remainder being bile salts, cholesterol and lecithin.

Gallstones are formed if there is insufficient bile salt or lecithin or excessive cholesterol.  The cholesterol crystallises to form the gallstones.

Diverticulitis can be helped by firstly incorporating plenty of roughage into the diet such as fruit, vegetables, legumes and whole grains.  But if there is acute inflammation this should be allowed to subside first.  Plenty of water is needed and large doses of garlic for its antiseptic properties.  Yogurt will also assist as it contains lots of probiotic cultures that help to increase the good bacteria in the bowl.

Indigestion – Antacids are not recommended for indigestion and burping because that is a sign that there is not enough stomach acid.  By taking antacid preparations that would reduce the stomach acid even further causing serious problems.  There are far better natural ways of reducing the indigestion and burping such as not drinking with your meal, improving your diet, relaxing, taking vitamin B complex to provide nutrients or sipping apple cider vinegar before or during your meal to supplement the missing stomach acid.

Ulcers – milk is not suitable for ulcer sufferers because of its lactic acid content which would act as an irritant as it would stimulate your stomach to produce hydrochloric acid.


Vitamins are required by our bodies to maintain growth and normal metabolism and to ensure it works properly and stays healthy.  They serve as coenzymes and work with and support the actions of enzymes performing hundreds of roles such as shoring up bones, healing wounds and bolstering our immune system.  They also convert food into energy and repair cellular damage.

Vagus Nerve

The vagus nerve helps to manage the complex processes in the digestive tract.  It delivers information from the gut to the brain and signals the muscles in your stomach to contract and push food into the small intestine.  It is the vagus nerve that carries the message to stimulate HCI production (hydrochloric acid) and a damaged vagus nerve cannot send these signals to your stomach muscles.


Four symptoms of iron deficiency are:

  1. Fatigue
  2. Pale complexion
  3. Low blood pressure
  4. Concave nails or nails with trenches running across them

Coffee is responsible for inhibiting the body’s ability to absorb iron.

Four rich sources of iron are:

  1. Carrots
  2. Cabbage
  3. Eggs
  4. Fish

Vitamin A

Vitamin A refers to a number of fat soluble compounds.  The main two are retinol and beta carotene.  Beta carotene is the vegetable source that must be converted to vitamin A in the liver whereas retinol is the active form of vitamin A and comes from animal sources.  Vitamin A is a very important nutrient and is associated with correct liver function, growth and development and is also necessary for our eyes.  Beta carotene is a potent antioxidant and free radical scavenger and our immune system needs this vitamin.

Indications of Vitamin A deficiency include:

  • Dry skin
  • Night blindness and dry eyes
  • Raised hair follicles
  • Poor growth and development
  • Throat and chest infections
  • Poor wound healing
  • Acne and breakouts
  • Infertility and trouble conceiving

Vitamin C

Vitamin C plays a major role in the healing of wounds because of its facility to form connective tissue in the scar.

Indications of Vitamin C deficiency include:

  • Rough, bumpy skin
  • Corkscrew shaped body hair
  • Bright red hair follicles
  • Spoon-shaped fingernails with red spots or lines
  • Dry, damaged skin
  • Easy bruising
  • Slowly healing wounds
  • Painful, swollen joints
  • Loose teeth, bleeding gums
  • Weak bones and connective tissue
  • Scurvy

Best natural sources of Vitamin C are:

  • Fresh fruits – especially some exotic fruits – oranges and orange juice, strawberries and blackcurrants
  • Green vegetables – especially broccoli and Brussels sprouts
  • Potatoes
  • Liver
  • Red and green peppers

The warning signs of an inefficient digestive system are:

  • Upset stomach such as flatulence and wind
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhoea
  • Heartburn