An integral part of most natural therapies is nutrition. Since food is a primary source of energy, it has a great potential to influence our health. In order to utilize the power of food we must understand its nature and function. Foods have their own specific temperatures, flavours, and actions, as well as affinities for certain organs. When these qualities are understood, dietary therapy can be applied to treat both general and very specific disorders.
As there are many ways to approach nutrition, this course explores a number of different perspectives including traditional ways of eating based on indigenous cultures, the benefits of eating locally, the use of culinary herbs and whole foods as medicine, and the modern lifestyle and environment. Emphasis is placed on nutrition in context to pre-pregnancy, pregnancy, post-pregnancy and childhood development.
Prerequisites: – – Semester: Fall, Winter Hours: 21