We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What is Nutritional Healing?

By Synthia L. Rose
Updated Feb 04, 2024
Our promise to you
WiseGeek is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At WiseGeek, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject-matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

Nutritional healing is the method of using the science of natural foods, herbs, and supplements to cure diseases and disorders. This type of food therapy relies heavily on knowing ancient and modern practices that maximize the powers attributed to plants, fruits, and vegetables, usually ones that are organic and not rendered impotent by any genetic modification. While nutritional healing may involve consumption, it can also involve topical therapy using herbal steam, oils, or pastes. Besides the partaking of various foods, abstinence from certain foods and complete fasting may also be a component of nutritional healing. In addition to relying on various branches of food-based science, such as herbology, practitioners of nutritional healing might also rely on faith and spirituality, which many believe may be connected to the life force in foods harvested from the ground.

Practitioners of nutritional healing believe strategic eating and dieting can reverse a wide range of physical ailments, such as arthritis, herpes, bronchitis, and cardiovascular disease. Some herbalists believe targeted nutrition can cure Down’s syndrome and acquired immunodeficiency disorder syndrome (AIDS); this is a controversial stance since these conditions are believed to be irreversible. Psychiatric disorders can also be treated with nutritional healing. For example, anorexia, anxiety disorder, and depression are often mitigated by including and excluding certain nutrients in the diet. If complete healing is not possible, some people use nutritional healing to make ailments like diabetes, Celiac disease, or cystic fibrosis tolerable.

The theory behind nutritional healing is that the body is capable of healing itself via the immune system if quality nutrients and natural therapies are used to keep the immune system robust. Protecting the immune system generally includes banning harmful dietary substances that have become staples in modern diets, such as refined carbohydrates, food dyes and preservatives. Convenience foods and fast food are typically off the menu for practitioners of nutritional healing.

There is no shortcut to learning all the foods and therapies that will enhance natural healing through nutrition. Practitioners typically invest in books, digital video disks (DVDs), and other media that give detailed instructions on what to eat, how to eat, and how to practice Ayurvedic therapies. Many also attend seminars with alternative or holistic doctors to educate themselves on how to begin practicing nutritional healing. Most people also begin shopping at farmer’s markets and specialized stores that sell whole foods and organic foods.

While the specifics of natural healing are too broad to condense, beginners can focus on a few basic staples. Experts advise beginners to consume only whole — not refined or processed — food in addition to taking supplemental enzymes and all-natural vitamins, instead of synthetic ones. Some practitioners also recommend eating foods high in essential amino acids.

WiseGeek is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Discussion Comments
WiseGeek, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

WiseGeek, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.