This subject therefore introduces you to the naturopathic approach. While Naturopaths include nutrition as a core component of their approach, there are many other terms we could apply to this approach to nutrition, such as: complementary medicine, alternative medicine, natural health, natural therapies, etc.
You will learn about how this approach differs to dieticians and orthodox medicine. You’ll learn about the different diets prescribed by both camps, and you’ll start to critically appraise these diets for their strengths and weaknesses. Cultural influences on diets are included, as well as water, fermented foods, and acid/alkaline forming foods. You’ll be introduced to terms such as macronutrient and micronutrient.
You’ll learn the basics of digestion, detoxification, metabolism, and regulation of appetite. The subject concludes by tying all this together, showing the impact of nutrition on risk factors for health and how it improves wellness and quality of life.
It is the first subject that someone studying a nutritional qualification may study. As such, it can be studied by anyone interested in nutrition, regardless of whether they wish to continue further study in this area. Indeed, it may be undertaken purely for self-interest purposes, but whet the appetite to learn more!