In 1956, the biochemist Dr. Roger Williams noted in his book Biochemical Individuality, that huge variations exist in human anatomy and physiology.
He is famous for saying that at the metabolic level, we are all as unique as we are in our fingerprints.
Biochemical individuality refers to the unique nutritional needs each person has, based on their genetics, lifestyle, and environmental exposure to various stresses.
This is also a cornerstone of traditional kinesiology philosophy and the triad of health. Making simple adjustments to diet and lifestyle based on a client’s individual biochemistry can have profound positive impact on restoring health.
Many of today’s most challenging health conditions are now recognised as being closely tied to a mismatch between dietary and lifestyle habits and genetic predisposition.
In the above example of obesity, the aetiology is multifactorial, involving complex interactions of genetics, neuroendocrine status, foetal programming, and different unhealthy environmental factors, such as dietary, exercise and lifestyle habits.
One of Dr Williams’ contributions to medicine was the understanding of genetic expression. In particular, the concept that ‘bad genes’ do not necessarily create an imbalance on their own, but can be positively or negatively affected by our nutrition, environmental, exercise and lifestyle patterns.
If you asked ten people what ‘good’ or ‘healthy’ eating means, you’d most likely get ten different answers! For some people this might mean eating less sugar. For others it may mean more fruits and vegetables, less meat, and no starchy carbohydrates.
As frustrating as it may be, the answer to just about every nutrition related question is… ‘it depends’.
Every intervention is subject to individual circumstance. It is difficult to make simple predictions about an outcome when putting something as structurally complex as food into something as complicated as the human body.
A key learning objective addressed in the Nutrition Foundations course provides you with the confidence to look at: What factors in metabolism are likely to express this individuality?
You will be given comprehensive tools to analyse, evaluate, and interprets objective physiological and biochemical indicators in order to define the perfect starting point for your clients.
The foundation of your treatment plans will focus on the optimisation of food choices and kinesiology pathways for each individual to shift the body back into a state of balance and optimal function.