Holistic nutrition is an approach to eating that focuses on providing your body with essential nutrients through food sources and how it impacts you physically, emotionally, spiritually, and mentally. Hippocrates said in 5th Century BC, "Let food be your medicine".
Holistic nutritionists specialize in helping their clients understand how the foods they eat affect their overall wellbeing by linking nutritional intake with symptoms, imbalances and conditions. They promote a diet which supports mental and emotional stability as well as physical strength and an immune system which functions optimally.
They often recommend increasing intake of whole grains, vegetables and fruits while decreasing processed food with added sugars or refined flour, and encourage people to choose high fiber/low sodium foods to reduce bloating or any issues related to digestive function. Furthermore, they may suggest herbal remedies or supplements for specific symptoms like chronic blood sugar fluctuations that cause mood instability.
Holistic nutritionists work not to treat symptoms or conditions directly, but to support the body in healing itself by giving it what it needs. They frequently collaborate with other healthcare professionals in creating alternative wellness plans for clients and patients. Many nutritionists provide private practice services or work as part of teams at holistic wellness facilities and integrative health centers.