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Poor diet and nutrition can increase your risk of exhaustion and toxicity, and amplify unpleasant symptoms and pain. It is important to eat a healthy diet, based mostly on “unprocessed” wholefoods.
As a general rule most people will experience improvements in their health and well being if they simply follow the healthy eating plate – standard dietary guidelines.
These guidelines will need to be modified for the management of allergies, some health conditions (e.g. diabetes, Celiac, IBD, Porphyria, Anemia), and for food intolerance if more severe. Most commonly metabolic food intolerance (specific carb sugars – fodmaps), or pharmacological food intolerance (histamine and other food chemicals ).
As a general rule it is best not to stay on overly restricted diets for more than 3 months, unless otherwise advised to by your doctor and supervised by a dietician.
Whilst on a restrictive diet you may be advised to take nutritional supplements. Supplements may also be recommended for the treatment of toxicity (e.g. heavy metal, biotoxicity), low energy and some health conditions. Usually those linked to malabsorption of nutrients e.g. Celiac Disease, IBD, Anemia.
If you are a Vegetarian or Vegan, you are at heightened risk of B12, iron and other deficiencies which can impact your nerve and brain health and impair energy making. Your diet needs to be planned carefully in order to get all your nutrient needs met.
If you have porphyria (primary or secondary to heavy metal toxicity) you will trigger attacks if you fast or go on a low carbohydrate diet (e.g. Atkins, Paleo) , and may actually feel better on a higher carbohydrate diet.
If you have special dietary needs it is important to get guidance from your doctor (ACNEM) or a dietician.
Children, pregnant women and people with mercury poisoning should not eat too much fish, being careful to avoid high mercury fish.