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You Are What You Digest: 5 Strategies for supporting your digestive system

You Are What You Digest: 5 Strategies for supporting your digestive system

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You Are What You Digest: 5 Strategies for supporting your digestive system

You are what you digest: 5 strategies for supporting your digestive system

They say you are what you eat, but the reality is that you’re really made up of what you digest. These may sound the same, but unfortunately, they are not always. If our digestive systems are not functioning properly, our bodies are unable to fully break down and absorb the nutrients we consume.

If we are prioritizing a nutrient-dense, whole foods diet, we want to make sure our cells are able to use all the wonderful nutrients we are providing. We’re going to give you five strategies to help you support proper digestion, but first, let’s discuss how digestion works.

How digestion works

Before we jump into solutions for supporting digestion, we think it’s important to have a baseline understanding of how it works. This understanding will connect you to why we recommend what we do, so we’re not giving you a random to-do list of behavior modifications. Let’s get to it.

Brain 

Digestion is a north to south process that begins in the brain. The sight and smell of food triggers the salivary glands to begin producing saliva.

Mouth

The mouth is the physical gateway to the digestive system where mechanical and chemical breakdown of the food begins. One solute in saliva is the enzyme salivary amylase, which begins carbohydrate digestion.

Stomach

Food enters the stomach as bolus. The stomach continues the mechanical breakdown of the bolus, along with a number of chemical activities and turns it into chyme.

Small Intestine

Chyme enters the duodenum and travels through the small intestines and stimulates the production of other enzymes. This is where the bulk of nutrient absorption happens.

Large Intestine

The large intestine recycles water and waste material, which nourishes the colon cells. It captures any lost nutrients that are still available (with the help of the bowel flora) and converts the nutrients to Vitamins K/B1/B2/B12 and butyric acid. Then the remnants form and are eliminated as feces.

5 Strategies for supporting your digestive system

The strategies below are powerful tools that can help you support your digestion. Implement them into your life to keep things moving properly and fuel your cells with all the goodness that nutrient-dense, whole foods have to offer.

1. Reduce stress

Digestion works best when we are in a relaxed (or parasympathetic) state. Avoid fight-or-flight hormones like epinephrine (adrenaline) and norepinephrine (noradrenaline), which interrupt proper digestion. You can do this several ways, including taking a few deep breaths before eating. For more ideascheck out this blog post on reducing stress. 

2. Slow down and chew your food

This one is vital. Eat meals slowly and chew food thoroughly in order to break down carbohydrates and activate other enzymes before moving onto the next stage in digestion. Try not eat in the car or in front of the television as these activities tend to make us eat more quickly. Sit down and make your meal the main event!

3. Hydrate

It is important to stay adequately hydrated throughout the day so that your body can properly transport nutrients through your digestive tract. If you have trouble doing this, try finding a water bottle you love (we’re talking pretty colors, fancy straws, the whole nine yards!). It may sound silly, but if you love your water bottle, you might be more likely to carry it around with you and drink throughout the day.

4. Eat fermented foods

Besides being a delicious and fun way to variety to your diet, fermented foods also support your gut. They increase bioavailable nutrients and are easier to digest. The microorganisms they contain support overall gut health. (We wrote this blog post to help you increase the fermented foods in your diet.)

5. Take a walk

Movement is useful not only for reducing stress but also for stimulating the muscle contractions necessary for digestion. If you suffer from slow digestion, a 15-minute walk after each meal is a great way to improve digestion.

Digestion is one of the NTA’s foundations of health. If you’re interested in learning more about digestion and the other foundations, check out the Nutritional Therapy Practitioner Online program. 


 

 

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  • How our unmatched education and instructor support sets our NTP program apart from other nutrition programs​​​​​​​
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Q&A with an NTP featuring Autumn Best

Q&A with an NTP featuring Autumn Best

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Q&A with an NTP featuring Autumn Best

 

Autumn Best is a Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Restorative Wellness Practitioner, and Business Mentor. Just months after graduating from the Nutritional Therapy Practitioner Online program, Autumn was able to take her business full-time and accomplish her goal of being her own boss. For the last year, Autumn has helped many people get to the root cause of their digestive issues and supported many NTPs on the road to building their own businesses. Check out what Autumn has to say about her experience becoming an (F)NTP and the advice she has for people ready to take the next step in building the career of their dreams. 


 

Tell us about yourself and your business:

I help women conquer annoying and debilitating digestive issues like reflux, bloat, constipation, excess gas, and so on. We get to the root cause and then support the body. It’s the most rewarding work I’ve ever done and after a year of being in business, I still wake up every morning having to remind myself that this is the full-time job I GET to do.  

When I’m not helping other women feel their best, I’m spending time outdoors in Seattle with my 11-year-old dog Maxie, paddle boarding, taking and teaching hot pilates classes, traveling whenever and to wherever I can, and cooking up amazing nutrient dense food.

What made you decide to become an (F)NTP?

This was a very long time coming for me! My spark for holistic health and nutrition started over a decade ago, but I got wrapped up in the corporate world and my passion fell to the back burner. Fast forward to years of being told everything looked “fine” but knowing I could feel better – and the straw that broke the camel’s back was when I developed reflux a few years ago and I knew that PPI’s were just a band-aid and not the answer. I was determined to find the answer and I did when I got to the NTA’s digestion and elimination module. WOOHOO! 

I also knew that I was always meant to own a business and be my own boss. I was never quite sure how I’d get there but once I started class at the NTA, I knew this was it. This was the career for me. It all came together so seamlessly.

 

Have you ever experienced imposter syndrome and if so, how did you overcome it?

I think this is something that most of us experience during and immediately after completing NTA training and there’s nothing wrong with that. My best advice for overcoming it is to graduate from the program knowing that you know more than you think you do and reminding yourself that you know more about holistic health than 99% of the population. Remember when you learned that adding sea salt to your water was important? The majority of people don’t know that tidbit or that they need to chew their food 20-30 times per bite. Scale back to what you didn’t know before the NTA and then teach people everything you’ve learned from that point forward. That’s a lot of amazing info!

How is your life different now than it was before the NTP program?

My life has changed in so many beautiful and unexpected ways since becoming an FNTP. I have a community I never had before of fellow nutrition geeks and holistic healers, a full-time job that has me pumped to spring out of bed every morning, and a freedom that I’ve never experienced before. Last, I have the knowledge to heal myself and my family, and that is invaluable.

What is some advice you would give students in the program working on building their business?

It’s OK to feel overwhelmed and not know where to start. You just have to start! If you need guidance, that’s OK. Own that! Starting and building a business is hard work and there are a lot of moving parts. Sign up for the NTA’s career development course, or hire a business mentor to guide you through the process. I do 1:1 business mentoring and am happy to help. The more of us out there with successful businesses = more people getting the proper care and help they need to THRIVE. Know that the world needs NTP’s now more than ever. You’ve got this!

What goals do you have as an NTP?

Right now, I just want to help as many women as possible and continue to take my education and expertise deeper along the way. I’m a lifelong learner and I love to enhance people’s lives! A big project that I’d like to start soon is developing a guide or a course so that I can help even more people. There’s only so much time for 1:1 calls each day and the ability to reach more people with a course or guide would be insanely fulfilling to me.

Follow Autumn on Instagram @pilatesandpapaya or visit her website: crusadingwellness.com

Have more questions about becoming a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, what to expect from the Nutritional Therapy Practitioner Online Program, or your next steps? Join us at an upcoming Info Session! NTA Instructors and our Admissions Team go LIVE every week to answer your questions and share everything you need to know about the program. See you on the webinar!

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  • How to create a rewarding career in holistic nutrition that will give you the confidence and competence to replace your full-time income (whether you’re new to nutrition or or using it to enhance your current services)
  • How our unmatched education and instructor support sets our NTP program apart from other nutrition programs​​​​​​​
  • How graduates are successfully using their education and the many career opportunities available to you
  • If the NTP program is the right fit for you and how to move forward in financing your education

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The Nutritional Therapy Association: On a Mission to Support Lasting Wellness

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The Nutritional Therapy Association: On a Mission to Support Lasting Wellness

The Nutritional Therapy Association: On a mission to support lasting wellness

What started as small nutrition school in the picturesque city of Olympia, Washington has billowed into a global force of nutrition professionals harnessing the power of real food, reconnecting individuals to the unique needs and innate wisdom of their bodies to support lasting wellness.

Today, there are over 6,000 Nutritional Therapy Practitioners all over the world. NTPs are prevalent in holistic and allopathic medical practices and are sought after practitioners, chefs, personal trainers, authors, and advisors.

The Nutritional Therapy Association is a leader in the health and wellness landscape and has shifted the nutritional paradigm by delivering a holistic perspective with integrity that’s rooted in the power of real food and scientific function of the body.

How did we get here? For that answer we must go back a few decades.

The history of the NTA 

Gray and Joy Graham founded The NTA in 1997 in order to teach nutrition to health care practitioners from a holistic perspective. It was incorporated as a vocational nutrition school dedicated to Nutrional Therapy and reconnecting people to healing foods and vibrant health.

In the early years, the NTA’s instructor team taught nutritional seminars to thousands of medical practitioners throughout the United States and Europe. Students included medical doctors, chiropractors, acupuncturists, and naturopaths.

What became apparent to Gray Graham was that in addition to teaching nutritional therapy to doctors, what we really needed was a whole new profession dedicated to the power of whole foods and nutrients to restore and maintain health.

In 2001, in a cooperative effort with South Puget Sound Community College, we launched our first Nutritional Therapy Training (NTT) class and graduated our first class of twenty-seven Nutritional Therapy Practitioners (NTPs). A new profession was born.

What exactly is Nutritional Therapy Practitioner? 

Nutritional Therapy Practitioners are trained nutrition professionals, capable of identifying and correcting nutritional imbalances and deficiencies through targeted dietary and lifestyle changes.

NTPs are equipped to support the body’s innate ability to heal by addressing the importance of nutrient-dense food, lifestyle choices, culinary wellness, client coaching, and how social and personal components influence health.

An NTP’s job is to help address the ill effects of poor dietary and lifestyle habits while supporting the physiological foundations.

The Foundations

What makes NTPs different from many other practitioners is that they look at the big picture rather than focusing on the symptoms accompanying an issue. This means that a symptom is not viewed as the actual “problem”, but as an indication of an imbalance in the physiological foundations.

They take the time to look deeper and help their clients figure out what works for them.

While NTPs are equipped to work with clients 1:1, either in their own practice or under another practitioner such as a functional doctor or chiropractor, that is not all they can do. NTPs also use their skills and knowledge to run group programs, write books, host podcasts, and create recipes.

What is the NTP Online program like?

The Nutritional Therapy Practitioner Online Program is a ten-month, instructor-led, fully online program encompassing the NTA’s foundational and bio-individual approach to functional, holistic nutrition.

The program takes an in-depth look at the function and dysfunction of each body system, food quality and sourcing, culinary skills, meal planning, health and wellness barriers and influences, emotional well-being, environmental factors, the importance of sleep and movement, as well as stress and its effect on the body.

Students are empowered with the necessary motivational interviewing techniques, clinical and practical skills, and cutting-edge knowledge to become a highly recognized nutrition and wellness professional in their community.

If you’d like to get a taste of what students learn in the NTP Online program, sign up for our FREE, 8-day Nutritional Therapy 101 course!

The mission of the NTA

We are dedicated to delivering a science-based education that fosters a community of confident holistic nutrition professionals who harness the power of real food and empower people to reconnect with the innate wisdom and unique needs of their bodies, thereby supporting lasting wellness.

In 2013, we expanded our offerings to include a fully online program for the first time, making our transformative program accessible far and wide. Now anyone from anywhere can be a part of our mission.

In the fall of 2017, the NTA launched an eight-week Career Development Course designed to give graduates and other wellness professionals the resources they need to launch successful careers working with clients, building thriving practices, and helping the world heal.

The NTA is constantly growing and adapting to meet the needs of its students and graduates—as well as the global landscape at large so NTPs are equipped to go out and make a serious impact. Together, we can help our communities find lasting wellness.

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During this call, you’ll explore and learn:

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  • How our unmatched education and instructor support sets our NTP program apart from other nutrition programs​​​​​​​
  • How graduates are successfully using their education and the many career opportunities available to you
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What is Nutritional Therapy? Holistic and Bio-individual Nutrition

What is Nutritional Therapy? Holistic and Bio-individual Nutrition

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What is Nutritional Therapy? Holistic and Bio-individual Nutrition

What Is Nutritional Therapy?

Did you know that less than 15% of physician visits include any nutritional counseling? (source) With more chronic disease and ailments originating from nutritional deficiencies than ever before, our healthcare climate is in dire need of an alternative solution. That’s where Nutritional Therapy comes into play.

 

What is Nutritional Therapy?

Nutritional Therapy centers on the idea that real health can be achieved through a holistic and bio-individual approach to nutrition and lifestyle. We believe that many of modern society’s health problems result from weaknesses in the body’s physiological foundations brought on by poor nutrition.

At the NTA, we are dedicated to helping healthcare professionals and individuals reverse the negative effects of the modern diet through nutritional therapy. Throughout our programs, students learn a wide range of educational tools and techniques to identify and correct nutritional imbalances and deficiencies. Our programs cover scientific principles about how the human body functions, both anatomically and physiologically. The curriculum also addresses: properly prepared and nutrient dense whole foods diet, digestion, blood sugar regulation, fatty acids, minerals, and hydration.

How to Become an NTP

 

Have you been contemplating a career in nutrition? Do you often find yourself being the go-to for nutrition advice in your friend and family circle? If you’re wanting to take your holistic nutrition education to the next level and to become a part of the solution to our current health crisis, one of our programs may be right for you.

 

The NTP program is a ten-month, instructor-led, and fully online program encompassing the NTA’s foundational and bio-individual approach to functional, holistic nutrition. NTPs are equipped to support the body’s innate ability to heal by addressing the importance of nutrient-dense food, lifestyle choices, culinary wellness, client coaching, and how social and personal components influence health.

Career Options

The wisdom you’ll gain from our programs, paired with the excitement and drive that result, will empower you and provide you the opportunity to shape your career the way that YOU want while also living a more purposeful life. You’ll be able to:

  • Be your own boss
  • Work from wherever, whenever
  • Keep a schedule that fits your lifestyle
  • Do work that you love
  • Influence your community and loved ones
  • Be a leader for positive change
  • Contribute to our mission of healing the world

NTA graduates are skilled practitioners, ready to take on transforming the world. The opportunities to redefine health by nourishing, educating, and connecting individuals and communities are endless. They include, but are not limited to:

  • Consulting with clients 1:1 or in groups
  • Blogging or writing articles about health and wellness
  • Social media influencing
  • Hosting podcasts
  • Hosting nutritional coaching groups
  • Developing meal planning systems or businesses
  • Lecturing or speaking at events and conferences
  • Authoring books
  • Hosting retreats
  • Creating online classes
  • And so much more…

While there are so many opportunities to explore after becoming a NTP, we understand that building a business can be daunting. That’s why we created the Career Development Course which helps new graduates utilize the best marketing methods to attract the right clients and build a thriving practice.

If you’ve been longing to begin a career in holistic nutrition, there’s no better time to become an NTP. We firmly believe that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to nutrition and that belief is a central part of everything we teach. If a bio-individual approach to wellness is what you’re looking for in a nutrition program, you are in the right place! Learn more about the NTP online program or enroll in the next class of Nutritional Therapy Practitioners! 

 


 

Join us for a Live Webinar with one of our Instructors and Admissions Advisors!

During this call, you’ll explore and learn:

 

  • How to create a rewarding career in holistic nutrition that will give you the confidence and competence to replace your full-time income (whether you’re new to nutrition or or using it to enhance your current services)
  • How our unmatched education and instructor support sets our NTP program apart from other nutrition programs​​​​​​​
  • How graduates are successfully using their education and the many career opportunities available to you
  • If the NTP program is the right fit for you and how to move forward in financing your education

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