Food As Medicine

Food plays a crucial role in maintaining health and well-being, and the concept of “food as medicine” emphasises the importance of whole, nutrient-dense foods in promoting and supporting health. Clinical nutritionists Sheridan Joy Austin and Jessie Johns chat with our clinical director and naturopath Reine DuBois about the significance of organic, real food as a form of medicine, and they shed light on various aspects of nutrition, including the role of synthetic nutrients, the benefits of specific foods during pregnancy, and the importance of real-food-based supplements for children’s health and development.

Assisting Synthetic Nutrients with Absorption and Efficacy: Looking at the interaction between synthetic and natural nutrients. While supplements can be beneficial in addressing specific deficiencies, the absorption and effectiveness of these nutrients may be enhanced when consumed alongside a well-balanced diet rich in whole foods. Real foods contain a complex array of compounds that can work synergistically with nutrients, promoting optimal absorption and utilisation by the body.

Nutrients like Beef Liver and Kelp in Pregnancy: During pregnancy, the nutritional needs of both the mother and the developing baby increase. Foods like beef liver, rich in iron and vitamin A, and kelp, a source of iodine, can play vital roles in supporting the health of both the mother and the developing fetus. These natural sources of nutrients are often more easily absorbed and utilised by the body compared to synthetic supplements, contributing to a healthier pregnancy.

Sheridan Austin is a Nutritionist and Gut and Psychology Syndrome Practitioner who is particularly passionate about nourishment and food as medicine. She is the founder of Foraged For You, a nutrient dense whole food blend to support the nutritional needs of mothers and children. Learn more about Sheridan and her amazing nutritional range here

Jessie Johns is a Clinical Nutritionist that has a deep understanding of how the food we eat impacts our health and wellbeing. Jessie investigates a client’s case and how their body is functioning at a biochemical level. She views the body as a whole and therefore practices with a root cause approach to healing. 

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Reine DuBois is a functional medicine practitioner and has worked integratively with doctors since graduating as a naturopath in 1998.  Reine is one of Australia’s leading integrative naturopaths, founder of The Health Lodge and has lectured for ACNEM, AIMA, MINDD and ANS on the powerful method of integrative medicine. Reine knows that if we work together to solve the chronic health conditions that remain a mystery to modern day medicine, we will develop a new paradigm of health solutions. She has special interests in chronic illness and complex conditions, tick borne disease, mould related illnesses, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia and heavy metal toxicity.

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