Your body has strange ways of telling you when something isn't right, especially when it comes to your digestion. If you've had a sneaking feeling in your gut that things aren't as they should be, listen to your body. Food is, essentially, medicine in many ways; thus, what you consume can either make you feel vibrant and healthy or glum and uncomfortable. A nutritionist can guide you in eating the foods that are going to work for your body rather than against it, particularly if you're struggling with chronic conditions related to the gut.
1. IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
IBS, depending on its severity, can wrap every aspect of your life up in unpleasant symptoms, from pain, bloating, and gas to unpredictable diarrhea. Although there's no known cure for this condition, what you eat can be extremely helpful in managing it. A nutritionist can help you formulate a strategy regarding your dietary intake, hopefully eliminating some or all of your most persistent symptoms.
2. GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflex Disease)
GERD, while just as annoying as IBS, can be more dangerous if the uncontrolled stomach acids extending up to your throat continue unimpeded for long periods of time. GERD is thought to be the result of abnormal reflexive action between the stomach and the upper esophagus. Different foods aggravate this condition and those foods differ between individuals, but a nutritionist can help you determine what's best to eat and what's best to avoid to minimize the discomfort, especially at night.
3. Weight Management
Particularly if your weight is leaning towards obesity, your short and long-term health depend on managing your weight. While you may have tried every fad diet under the sun, what you really need is honest advice about your diet. Even foods considered good for you, such as whole grains, olive oil, and nuts can add too many calories to your daily intake, making weight loss an impossible frustration.
Dedicate yourself to a lasting relationship with a nutritionist who will advise you on what foods to eat and in what quantity, to really make an impact on your weight. Of course, you'll also need to be disciplined with exercise and perhaps other lifestyle changes, too, but bringing yourself back from the brink of obesity will be worth it.
4. Autoimmune Conditions
Hashimoto's, Lupus, and other lifelong autoimmune conditions totally take over your life, leaving you with odd aches and pains, an inability to sleep, depleted physical and emotional energy and more. There are specific diets, designed to minimize inflammation throughout the body, which can alleviate the burden of being autoimmune.
5. Food Allergies And Intolerances
You may not even know you have a food allergy intolerance, but your body will tell you something is off. You might have occasional diarrhea, headaches, rashes, cramps, cold symptoms, nausea, and even acid-reflux, blaming it all on stress, overeating or a bug you picked up somewhere, never questioning that it could be something in your diet. Nutritionist services include investigating everything you're eating, then coming up with an elimination diet, which eventually determines what foods are causing your reactions. Once you know your allergies and intolerances, you can avoid them like the plague, thereby (hopefully), freeing yourself from all the ghastly symptoms.
Work with a nutritionist to find a plan that works for you.