What is Natural Nutrition?
The Science Behind Holistic Nutrition
“Given that Holistic Nutrition looks at the whole person and is NOT solely interested in food, food as the medium through which the body can, and does, if it is in a state of homeostasis, obtain usable isolated nutrients, we are also interested in the How, When, Where, Why and with Whom, of each individual we see. It is here that we find OUR science.”
One of the most crucial problems of modern civilization is malnutrition. Whether we consider malnutrition due to poverty and shortage of food as encountered in third world countries, or witness dietary abuse problems common to the rest of the world, we find enormous suffering caused by the way we feed ourselves. We are dying of malnutrition.
It takes courage to face the fact that through ignorance and lack of interest in the needs of our own bodies, we are slowly bringing ourselves to the point of extinction.
Fortunately there is hope. Our modern society is awakening to a new and vital interest in nutrition. This curiosity is not aimed at the traditional dietetic and scientific field. Rather, it involves an emerging sphere of nutrition that encompasses not only the characteristics of food, but also explores the quality of the food source and holism of the consumer. This new area is called “natural nutrition.”
For the past fifty years, science has dominated the civilized world. If something is not demonstrated scientifically, it is claimed to be invalid and unworthy of our attention.
Food manufacturers have exploited this phenomenon to their advantage. The markets are swamped with supposedly beneficial artificial foods. We have become a generation of gullible consumers. We cannot count on dietetic associations to guide us because most of them are backed by these processed food giants, and therefore unlikely to give us objective advice!
Let’s begin the process of unlearning, of getting back to basics…
A shift is slowly occurring. We are beginning to understand that the only person in charge of each of us, individually, is our own self, and that no one knows more about what’s good for our own self than we do.
In this move toward personal freedom and wisdom, today’s informed consumer recognizes that he is what he eats. He also realizes that food does not nourish the physical body alone. Mind and consciousness are not divided from the physical self.
It becomes clear, then, that there is no diet that is right for everyone all of the time. Neither are there miracle nutrients that will cure all ills. Each person is unique, and each must exercise his or her judgment as to what is right for his or her own well-being.
‘Each generation’s health is slightly more compromised than the previous one due to environmental deterioration’
Following this realization comes a new insight: the quality of the food eaten affects the degree of well-being experienced. It is easy to comprehend that artificially created food, or food grown under sub-optimal conditions, cannot contribute the ingredients necessary to good health. Only natural, wholesome foods can produce the degree of health that brings peace of mind and enjoyment of life. In our society, this requires constant vigilance as to what we choose to eat.
The properties of natural nutrients are best summed up in these four words: natural, alive, good quality.
Natural, as in unprocessed, unrefined foods, such as whole grains and legumes.
Alive, meaning that it still contains live enzymes, such as fruit, vegetables, and sprouts.
Good quality, meaning grown in soil rich in essential nutrients such as organically grown foods (pesticide free and grown without synthetic fertilizers).
These four simple words – natural – alive – good quality, can serve as a guide to everyone wishing to improve his/her health. Awareness and understanding of the simplicity of our natural needs will inevitably lead to individual and collective good health. We need to learn to look at good nutrition not as a means to stop our diseases, but as a tool to create our own immunity and overall good health.
As more and more consumers demand the quality of food that we are entitled to, we will find that food manufacturers and suppliers will be forced to provide it.
We will then see a significant move towards the prevention of disease starting with a most important requisite: natural nutrition.
Danielle Perrault, R.H.N.