Nutrition Diagnostics - Why Diets Don't Work

Why Diets Don't Work

Owen Davis | January 27, 2020

If we look at a plant’s requirements, the plant will determine exactly how much sunshine and water it needs to grow. If the plant has too much sunlight or too much water, it will die. Too hot or too cold, the plant will die. A different species of plant will require a set of totally different conditions to thrive.

The point is, we can’t dictate to nature what it needs. The same goes for the human body. Fundamentally, our requirements are all very similar - we have to eat real, whole foods and avoid processed, commercial foods containing preservatives and other chemicals. We all require roughly the same mineral inputs (ie: Zinc, Potassium, Magnesium, Manganese, Chromium, Iron and Copper). We all share similar macronutrient requirements from diet (i.e Protein, Fat and Carbohydrates). And we all need air and water, in order for our bodies to function.

However, we all have a different genetic and biological makeup, which mandates a different set of ‘inputs’ or diet. What works for one person, might not work for you.

This is especially true when we’re dealing with people of poor health. If someone is anaemic or has a poor iron status, the first thing we must correct is their iron and protein status. An uptake in protein and iron is essential to fuel the mitochondria - the part of the cell that converts oxygen and nutrients into energy. Without doing this, the body can’t produce energy, and where the body can’t produce energy, it can’t build connective tissue (bone and muscle), it can’t detoxify and health progressively deteriorates.

The best way to fuel the mitochondria is with haem iron. Found only in meat, haem iron is more efficiently and easily absorbed than non-haem iron which is found in plants and vegetables.

So you can see why a poorly formulated plant based diet is potentially harmful in this instance, as it is not specific to the bodies needs and will inevitably fail to balance body chemistry.

By adhering to ‘fashionable’ and ‘trendy’ diets like vegan, vegetarian, ketonogenic, palaeolithic, carnivore or intermittent fasting - that remove whole food groups and important nutrients from the diet - we often deprive the body of the nutrients and minerals it needs in order to maintain optimum wellbeing. In the instance of chronic disease, viruses or toxin exposure (like mercury amalgam for example), these one-size-fits-all diets may expose us to a number of serious health risks where it deprives the body of essential inputs.

In the case of heavy metal toxin exposure for instance, we have consistently found that heavy metals like mercury displace and excrete important minerals from the body at a greater rate than what the body can obtain from food.

This begs the question, what diet is right for me? Only by analysing your blood chemistry will you really know. Blood chemistry is like a fingerprint - no two people will be exactly the same. Body chemistry analysis uncovers deficiencies and imbalances specific to the individual. This is why Nutrition Diagnostics tailors eating plans to meet an individuals exact nutritional requirements.

Diets don’t work, but prescribed eating plans do! If you would like to learn more about what diet is right for you, we’d love to hear from you!

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