Nutritional Counseling

Healthy weight loss, healthy weight gain, weight control, and herbal detox services are provided under dietitian and doctor supervision.

 

Why is a healthy diet important?

 

The food we eat affects our whole body both physically and psychologically, thus our life quality. That’s why a healthy and conscious diet is crucial. Even though healthy nutrition is simple and known to everyone, more or less, the popular diets increasing on media day by day can be very confusing. And these confusing and wrong diets are one of the most important factors that negatively affect our nutritional behaviors and the functioning of the body.

 

A great deal of research has proven that the wrong diet and unhealthy nutritional behavior are the underlying reason for the most important metabolic disorders and severe health problems. With a healthy diet, it’s possible to observe regression in many metabolic diseases such as heart disease and blood pressure.

 

With a healthy and personal diet, it’s possible to deal with any kind of situation that poses danger such as brain functions and physical performance. Everything we eat, any intake of food affects all our cells and organs.

 

Does diet mean calorie calculation?

 

When we say “healthy nutrition” many dieters make the mistake of calculating calories. A calorie is not a key factor in healthy nutrition. Of course, the calories we take from the food are important. Balancing the energy that is gained and the energy that is burnt helps the body maintain its weight, which is called homeostasis. But it doesn’t mean that all calories are the same. An apple and a piece of candy can have the same number of calories, but their utility and bio-efficacy for the body are different. It’s not necessary to calculate calories in a healthy diet. However, it’s important to balance the calories in terms of weight control if an individual would like to lose weight. In other words, we should make sure that we burn more calories than we take to lose weight, while we take more calories than we burn to gain weight.

 

How is healthy weight gain possible?

 

Individuals who weigh under 15-20 percent of their height and whose body mass index is under 18 are considered underweight. Body fat percentage for women is under 9-10, and for men is under 7-8. Being underweight causes not only physical dissatisfaction and a lack of self-confidence but also severe health problems and organ dysfunction. Loss of appetite, metabolic disorders, psychological status, and digestive problems can obstruct weight gain.

 

Those who would like to gain weight should first be checked by a doctor, and it should be decided after necessary tests and clinic findings whether there is a condition that can hinder weight gain. There might be underlying causes of failure to gain weight such as insufficient energy intake, burning more calories than taken, an unbalanced diet, genetic structure, hormonal disorder, some mineral and vitamin deficiencies, stomach, and intestinal disorders.

 

Individuals with failure to gain weight may not want to see so much food before them. That’s why the number of meals should be increased and food that is small-in-size and high-in-calories should be eaten in between the meals to gain weight.

 

How to use herbal detoxes?

 

Detox diets are short-term diet interventions to remove toxins from the body. A typical detox diet includes low energy intake, fruits, vegetables, fruit juice, and water. Detox diets can also include herbs, teas, supplements, and colon cleansers. During the detox process, low energy is sent to the body for a while to rest the body and the organs, stimulate the liver for detox, remove the toxins through feces, urine, and perspiration, and increase blood circulation.

 

A detox diet is mostly recommended to those who are exposed to toxic chemicals in their nutrition or environment. These toxic chemicals include contaminants, synthetic chemicals, convenience food and additives, heavy metals, and other hazardous components. The detox diet is claimed to help cure various health problems such as obesity, digestive disorders, autoimmune diseases, inflammation, allergies, bloating, and chronic fatigue.

 

On the other hand, there is insufficient research on the detox diet and its use is generally wrong, although there are many ways to do it.

 

The general framework of a detox diet is as follows:

 

  • Its duration is at least 1-3 days.
  • It includes fresh fruit and vegetable juice, smoothie, water, tea, and water with lemon.
  • It promotes avoidance of additives and allergenic food.
  • It includes avoiding all the allergenic food and slowly re-involve them to the diet.
  • It involves food rich in pomaces such as muesli and oatmeal.
  • It requires regular exercise and avoidance of alcohol, coffee, cigarettes, and refined sugar.

Your body can cleanse itself through liver, feces, urine, and perspiration. The liver makes toxic substances harmless and then removes them from the body. On the other hand, there are a few chemicals that are hard to remove from the body such as some organic contaminants, phthalates, bisphenol A (BPA), and heavy metals. These are inclined to be stored in fat tissues or blood, and it could take months and even years to remove them from the body. Detox diets make this removal easier.