Food isn’t always enough. This is part of our Healing Hypothesis because we aren't just what we eat. We are what our bodies can do with what we eat.
We need to make sure your body can digest, absorb and use nutrients from the foods you eat. You can have the perfect diet, but if your body can't use those nutrients, your perfect diet doesn't matter much, and won't help you meet your goals, and it certainly won’t help you heal from chronic and complex health problems. This is where gut health comes into play.
If you eat a diet of whole, real foods, and a variety of them from all sources, and suffer with health issues, a deeper look at your gut health is in order.
If you are on a restrictive diet because of your health problems, and it’s not helping much, or at all, a deeper look at your gut health is needed.
If taking foods out of your diet does give you some symptom relief, again, we need to take a closer look at your gut health.
Do you sense a theme here?
Food isn’t the problem.
This was all happening to me when I was experiencing my GI issues.
My diet at the time included healthy foods, and nothing processed. In all honesty it wasn’t balanced between all food groups, I was fearing carbs at the time. I was also restricting certain other foods, like certain fruits and vegetables because symptoms were worse when I was eating them, but my symptoms were still pretty bad even without those foods.
Here’s the problem, reactions to food are a symptom and not an underlying cause. We need to find out why you are reacting to foods (hint, your gut health is impaired). If we don’t, your diet will become even more restrictive over time, and this can lead to nutrient deficiencies and imbalances, and make your health status even worse. On top of that, dietary restriction can lead to disordered eating behaviors, as I experienced first hand.
I’ve talked a lot about exploring your unique biochemistry. There are important differences between conventional, standard lab tests and functional tests. The latter are what I use to get to know you better, from the inside out, and they allow me to develop a plan that is customized for your needs to help you meet your goals, and feel better.