So many people are sure that their way of eating is best - from veganism, to paleo, to gluten-free. But is one type of diet really better than another? The answer may surprise you! A recent study from Newcastle University
has shown that a more personalized approach to diet and nutrition is a better way to go. Here are some of the key highlights: Eat 5 portions of fruits and vegetables per day? Or not!
The basis of personalized nutrition is finding the balance that works best for you
. Some people may need less sugar
, therefore less fruit in their diets and more vegetables. Some may need more iron and vitamin B12, and therefore should incorporate more meat into their diets. Others may have sensitivities to certain foods that throw their entire systems out of whack. Think about when youve eaten certain meals in the past that have upset your stomach. They were probably cooked just fine, and everyone else at the table seemed okay! However, your body was thrown out of balance for some reason. Its similar to allergies as well
- some people react to pet dander or certain pollens that you may not be affected by. Our bodies all respond to outside factors very differently! People who focus on personalized nutrition are healthier.
In the Newcastle study, 80% of participants had significantly bigger improvements in their eating patterns than the control group. Even though each person had a specific set of guidelines that differed from others in the study, they individually had an outcome of better health! The takeaway.
Health is not a one-size-fits-all equation. Although were all human, our bodies have very different nutritional needs. Customizing our diets is the optimal way to continue supporting our bodies well into old age! Your doctor, a licensed dietitian, or a trusted nutritionist can help you get on the right path. There are also some online resources for personal nutrition that can assist you from the comfort of your own home! Amazing how helpful technology can be in our lives
, eh? Getting professional advice is the best way to get started on the right foot, and get on your way to a custom health plan that is personalized to fit your needs. Ready to get started? Jump start your new health routine with a cleanse! [Credit: Newcastle University. "Personalized nutrition is better than a 'one size fits all' approach in improving diets." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 16 August 2016.]