Good health starts with the foods that you eat. Unfortunately, in America the concept of a “good” or “healthy” diet is all too often based simply on limiting the number of calories consumed or the amount of fat or sodium you consume.

Maintaining a healthy diet, however, is not simply about limiting the “bad” foods you eat, it’s also about ensuring you are getting enough of all of the nutrients you actually need to keep your body healthy.

Your diet can have a profound impact on your health, mental clarity, energy levels and even your moods.

In many cases, what you need for a number of health issues is not a doctor but a good nutritionist.

Here are some methodologies a nutritionist might use and some ways a nutritionist can help get your health back on track.


1. Purification cleanse

Many of the foods that we eat have preservatives and other ingredients that the body does not know how to process. Some of these ingredients are even mildly toxic.

In limited amounts they may not do much harm on their own, but as trace amounts multiply in the body they can have a significant impact on overall healthy.

In some cases, your body may simply store them away in fat cells. If you begin to lose weight, however, the fat cells will often release these toxins back into your system.

A nutritionist can help walk you through a safe, natural purification cleanse that can help rid your system of these built up toxins.


2. Hormone and neurotransmitter testing

Hormones and neurotransmitters work hand-in-hand in the body to regulate mood and energy levels, help you sleep better, and even boost your sex drive.

They are also a critical part of the reproductive system. Many times, when you have issues such as chronic insomnia, violent mood swings, lack of energy, lack of sex drive or difficulty getting pregnant, it can be because your hormones or out of whack or you are low in certain critical neurotransmitters.

A nutritionist can help you maintain a balanced healthy diet which helps keeping your hormones in check, and can have a profound effect on overall health and wellbeing.

A nutritionist can also help you address a number of issues you might not even know are related to food.


3. Addressing adrenal fatigue

The adrenal gland is responsible for producing many of your hormones, including stress hormones such as epinephrine (adrenaline), norepinephrine, and dopamine.

When people live in chronic stress, the adrenal glands can tire from having to produce so many hormones. This is called adrenal fatigue.

The irony is that in many cases, the reason people are under such chronic stress in the first place is not because their lives are so much more stressful than anyone else’s, but rather that they lack reserves of certain calming neurotransmitters such as serotonin or Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid (GABA)

If you’ve ever noticed how some people seem to just walk through very stressful situations without it seeming to affect them at all, you might be tempted to think it has something to do with their nature.

In truth, it most likely does not. It most likely has to do with having plenty of reserves of calming neurotransmitters that help some people remain calm under fire.

A proper diet can actually help boost the neurotransmitters that help keep you from getting stressed in the first place, you can also reduce the strain in your adrenal glands.

A nutritionist can work with you to help increase your neurotransmitters to give your adrenal glands a much needed rest.

A nutritionist may recommend several courses of treatment in addition to changes in your diet.

These can include supplements, B-12 injections or even healthy weight loss programs.

A nutritionist is rarely concerned about your weight in and of itself. Many people who are medically overweight are actually quite healthy, while individuals who maintain a healthy weight can be a mess.

This may be largely due to the diet that they maintain in order to maintain their healthy weight. Maintaining a certain weight is not actually healthy if doing so causes a wide range of other health concerns.

A nutritionist can help you both be healthy and maintain a healthy weight at the same time.