The Australian Dietary Guidelines recommend enjoying a variety of nutritious foods from the five food groups daily and to drink plenty of water to live a healthy lifestyle. Sadly, based on an Australian Health Survey conducted from 2011-2012, most Australians did not meet these recommendations. Not only is a healthy diet obviously better for your overall health, adding a balanced diet and maintaining good nutritional habits are especially important for those undergoing any health and wellness treatments. Small changes in diet can help speed up the bodies natural healing mechanisms, improve physiological functions, decrease signs of ageing, and make you feel better overall.
The Five Food Groups
The ADG recommends eating a wide variety of foods from the five food groups daily. The five food groups include:
- Vegetables and legumes/bean
- Dairy – Milk, yoghurt, cheese
- Protein – Lean meat and poultry, fish, eggs, nuts, tofu
- Grain (cereal foods, grain filled bread, etc.)
How eating better can improve wellness treatment results…
Those who strive to eat well both before and after their procedures (if not all the time!) should see positive health benefits. Fatty fish and dark leafy greens help to fight inflammation which can be especially useful after surgery. Oranges and garlic can help to improve circulation and supply blood to tissues producing healthy skin which will complement any dermal treatment. Eating a balanced diet can help maintain a healthy weight after liposuction.
How can you help others?
Students at the Australasian College of Health and Wellness (TACHW) study Nutrition in Practice, which provides training in dietary needs, wellness and anti-ageing which can be applied across many practice settings. Students learn how to create patient-specific nutrition plans based on specific dietary requirements; learn how to help patients understand the importance of exercise on ageing and weight management, and understand the role of hormones and the body in relation the health and the ageing process. Nutrition is a big part in being able to provide a whole approach to wellness and aesthetics, and gives you the ability to give important and relevant advice to patients regardless of any other treatment or surgery they may be having.
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