What is a Bio Individualized Diet?
A Bio Individualized Diet is a new way to think about the health of your body. Every individual is different, so their health goals should be too. A Bio Individualized Diet begins with an in depth assessment of your biological needs. The goal is to nourish your body with a custom-fit plan.
What affects my body’s needs?
There are several factors when considering your body’s needs. These can include your age, genetics, exercise routine, metabolism, and health status. Research has also shown a link between gut health and your diet. For example, leaky gut can contribute to autoimmune diseases and food allergies/sensitivities.
Should I work with a nutritionist?
To develop a Bio Individualized Diet, a nutritionist will take the time to listen and make a plan based on your body’s needs. The nutritionist will work with you to determine if you need a specific diet, individual meal planning, wellness and lifestyle counseling, weight management techniques, sports nutrition management, or assistance with food sensitivities.
What kind of testing should I expect?
Advanced Diagnostic Testing is done based on your individual needs. This can include:
- IgE (immunoglobulin E) Food Allergy Testing: A blood test done to measure the existence of IgE antibodies to a specific food.
- IgG (Immunoglobulin G) Food Sensitivity Testing: A blood test done to measure the reactivity of specific foods.
- Optimal Nutritional Evaluation (ONE): The ONE is a nutritional assessment that uses a urine sample to determine a:
- Metabolic Analysis (evaluates GI function, need for vitamins, etc.)
- Amino Acid Analysis (measures 30 amino acids to evaluate dietary protein and digestion)
- Oxidative Stress Analysis (evaluates the body’s antioxidant levels)
What specialty diets might be followed?
Your nutritionist might put together therapeutic and specialty diets. This diet might include:
Gluten is the protein found in the grains of wheat, rye, and barley. For adults with gluten sensitivities, gluten has been shown to increase irritability and aggressive behavior. Studies have also shown that certain mood disorders can be heightened from gluten intake. Gluten can be found in food such as: Breads, Pastas, Cereals, Crackers, and Sauces.
Casein free diet:
Casein is the protein found in dairy. It has been found to be very difficult to break down which can cause a ‘leaky gut.’ Studies have shown that when casein is removed from the diet, it can promote regular bowel movements, improved cognition, and better sleep. Casein can be found in foods such as milk, yogurt, butter, and ice cream.
Soy free diet:
Soy is one of the more common allergies. It has been found to cause mild stomach aches, and intestinal issues. Soy is found in many foods, including tofu, edamame, and many sauces.
Excessive sugar intake can result in many diseases, including obesity, type 2 diabetes, and high cholesterol. Eliminating added sugars in your diet can help your body to stay healthy. Added sugars are often found in drinks such as sodas, teas, and juices.
Should I try an elimination diet?
Many nutritionists will suggest implementing an elimination diet. An elimination diet helps to identify food allergens and sensitivities, and should be done under the guidance of a medical professional. The diet begins by removing any foods that you might have a sensitivity/allergy to for 2-3 weeks. Then, you slowly reintroduce foods one by one to see how your body reacts.
If you’re looking for guidance in eating a well-balanced diet for a healthy lifestyle, The Wellness & Developmental Center’s experienced Board Certified Nutrition Specialist can help you make sense of what your brain and body needs to thrive. Call us at 732-919-1335 for more details.