Nutrition

With Kathleen Bower (DipNutSc)

I have always loved food. The tastes, the textures, the tantalizing of my tastebuds…

The feelings a meal evokes, the beauty of a market stall, and tasting my way around the world, experiencing the treasures that make each culture unique. 

When food is so powerful it can inspire such strong emotions and connections, then surely it has the power to heal anything? 

This question and intuition motivated me to study Nutritional Science through the Naturopathic College of New Zealand, where I graduated in 2017 as a Clinical Nutritionist. 

The Energy of Food

It was 2 years into my study that I was introduced to the ETA-Scan, and I knew I had found my calling. A marriage of Nutrition and Bioresonance Therapy, a modality that recognizes the energy and power of food. 

“If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.” Nikola Tesla

The physical body is a bio-energetic system, a ‘physical translator and mirror of energy’, meaning that the energy we put in, is what will be reflected in our overall well-being.

The ancient Greeks introduced the concept of energy in humans, animals and plants, and knew that if the food they were cooking had good energy and brought “agapi” (unconditional love), their vitality would reflect this.

The vibration of some foods have actually being measured by Dr. Royal R. Rife, a Scientist, Inventor and Microbiologist. He found that certain frequencies can prevent the development of disease, and that other frequencies would destroy disease.

Organic and wholesome foods also have frequencies, and these can raise vibration too, ultimately raising health. For example fresh produce has a frequency up to 15 Hz, dried herbs from 12 to 22 Hz and fresh herbs from 20 to 27 Hz, whereas processed/canned food has a frequency of zero.

My Food Philosophy

As a Clinical Nutritionist I have a deep understanding and appreciation of the science behind nutrition, the intricacy of all our body systems, and how essential the connection between our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual dimensions are to our vitality and health.

My philosophy is to treat each client personally, not a ‘one size’ fits all approach, because we each have our own Biochemical Individuality ‘chemical makeup’, with personal nutritional and lifestyle requirements. Just because your neighbour has the same diagnoses as you, does not mean you will benefit from the same healing journey.

I believe there is no such thing as a ‘good’ or ‘bad’ food when it is in its natural state. It is whether or not that this food resonates with you at this moment in time, that is of the utmost importance.

“Every plant we eat contains some small amount of toxin, since this is how plants defend themselves. In the majority of these cases, these low levels of toxins don’t harm us, and in fact they may even provide health benefits. For example, many of the compounds that we call antioxidants, like polyphenols found in blueberries, dark chocolate, etc., are actually pro-oxidants that cause mild oxidative stress, and by doing that they upregulate our body’s natural antioxidant defense system. This is a little-known fact about so-called antioxidants. They actually benefit us by promoting a little bit of oxidative stress that our body then responds to in a hormetic, or favorable, way” Chris Kesser, leading practitioner of integrative and functional medicine. 

My treatment plans are customized to integrate with your particular needs, lifestyle, acquired taste and comfort in the kitchen, and I have a repertoire of delicious recipes to choose from. These include low oxalate, antihistamine, candida balancing, nightshade free, autoimmune friendly and Ayurveda specific.

I also offer recipes for each stage of pregnancy including preconception and breastfeeding, and nutritious and delicious ‘Date Night’ recipes to inspire romance.

Do you sneeze and have watery eyes at every change of season? Then a low histamine meal plan may be just what you need.

Do you have chronic pain and achy, breaky joints? My nightshade free recipes offer interesting alternatives to the inflammatory tomato.

Or have you been a fan of the green smoothie phenomenon and now suffer chronic urinary and kidney pain? Then my low oxalate meals are safe and satisfying.

Real, nutritious, whole foods are my passion, but I may also recommend high quality, bioavailable supplements when required. 

Ayurveda

Another focus of my Nutrition Plans will often start with Ayurveda, the ancient Traditional Medicine of India.

Ayurveda focuses on all areas of health, including diet, lifestyle, exercise, detoxification, sleep, and the mind.

The philosophy of Ayurveda is that health exists when there is a balance between the energies that govern the body, the three ‘doshas’,  Vata, Pitta and Kapha, and the 6 tastes – Sweet, Sour, Salty, Bitter, Pungent and Astringent. 

  • Vata ‘wind – momentum’

Influences the movement of blood through the circulatory system, breathing, the delivery of nutrients to the cells, and the removal & excretion of waste products. The easy flow and motion of thoughts depend on vata.

  • Pitta ‘fire –metabolism’

Presides over digestion, and the transformation of nutrients into absorbable energy building blocks. Enables the ability to absorb ideas and impressions.

  • Kapha ‘earth – fluids’

Governs weight, the lubrication of the joints and lungs, and the formation of fluids, blood, fat, muscles, bones, marrow and reproductive tissues. Provides structure and stability, both physically and psychologically.

Discover your Ayurveda constitution here: Dosha Quiz.

Ayurveda recognizes that there are six tastes, all of which either balance or aggravate each dosha.

Sweet – Enriches the complexion, heals wounds and ulcers, purifies the blood and provides strength to the body.

Sour – Expels wind from the bowels, gathers together waste impurities to be secreted, promotes the healthy flow of bile.

Salty – Stimulates saliva production, supporting digestion, absorption, assimilation, and elimination. Moistens the body, helps to maintain water electrolyte balance and soothes the nervous system.

Pungent – Develops other flavours, sparks digestive fire, heats, dries and eliminates excess mucous, clears stagnation and congestion.

Bitter – Enhances the release of digestive juices and enzymes, deeply cleanses as it purges wastes and toxins. Supports the liver, clears congestion and tones the muscles and skin.

Astringent – Absorbs excess moisture helping to compress and hold tissues together. Cleanses the mucous membranes, improves absorption, and helps to heal wounds and alleviate coughs.