This is a fun podcast video conversation about Nutrition Therapy and Fermented Drinks with Susan Davis!
Here are the topics we cover during the interview:
- Susan’s background in Nutrition Therapy
- Susan’s history with food allergies and taking certain foods out of her diet
- Fermented drink recipes!
Susan Davis has been a professional practitioner since 2009 providing consultations to clients with various health conditions including digestive problems, low energy, weight related problems, depression, anxiety, addictions and children and adults with autism.
She regularly attends nutrition conferences and seminars to keep up to date with nutritional research and is a member of BANT (The British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy) – the professional body for Registered Nutritional Therapists.
Susan is also registered with CNHC (Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council). She is fully insured.
You can visit Susan’s website and learn more about her Nutritional Therapy practice at https://www.newforestnutrition.co.uk/
How Did Your Nutrition Therapy Education Journey Begin?
“So what drew me to study nutritional therapy was my own health problems when I had my first child.
I became postnatally depressed and I didn’t want to go on drugs and I started looking for answers and I came across the book on nutritional therapy and nutrients and foods and how they affect our well being.
So I wanted to learn more and I finally found a local nutritional therapist, which I had a consultation with. And I quite liked the process of the consultation.
I liked the fact that they said yes, some nutrients can help with your mood and you know one book led to another book and I finally found the institute for Optimum Nutrition.”
What Is Working In Nutrition Therapy Like?
“In my personal experience, my nutritional therapist actually did a clinic test for me for reactions to food and a hell of a lot of first came up.
She also recommended some B vitamins because B vitamins are quite good for sort of mood regulation.
She recommended eating fatty fish and eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables and that side of things which helped me quite a bit at the time.
I don’t think I had the right mindset to eliminate food to the extent that it was recommended for me, but later on down the line I went more down that route and got even further benefits.
It’s eliminating certain foods from the diet at certain stages in my life.”
And Overall What Is Nutrition Therapy?
“We nutritional therapists like to look at health history.
Usually you complete a health questionnaire for us before you come see us and we all work differently.
We look at what sort of family health or disease patterns there might be and we have a consultation where we talk face-to-face usually or over the internet.
We devise a plan looking at the diet, some of the foods they are eating and whether these foods are contributing to their health condition.
Sometimes I’ll recommend testing or it might be a food intolerance testing or there might be other tests that would be recommended and based on the information that we’ve gathered.
I’ll recommend a certain protocol, a plan, a program to follow which may involve adding in foods taking out foods, and certain complimentary nutritional supplements to help, you know speed.
I’ll also start with working with people on the topic of self care, you know, just getting people to feel their stress and take care of themselves.”
How Do Fermentation Drinks Help With Gut Stress?
“Well, the way drinks or food work is they go through a process where various bacteria through a yeast come to the foods that are in the foods.
It’s usually the lactic acid bacteria and the bacteria will feed on although all the vegetables and stuff like that.
And then they’ll produce lots of organic acids and enzymes and they’ll turn the food in something but then is more nourishing than you originally started.
For instance in sauerkraut. This has more vitamin C than the original cabbage is packed with B vitamins.
Some ferments have written K&M, etc. So those properties of those foods can be very beneficial for one’s well-being there. They can also be easier to digest and they help you digest other foods as well when you eat them as part of your diet.”
What Are Two Of Your Favorite Fermentation Drinks?
The first one is a drink called Kanji and it comes from India that area of the world. This has been sitting in the fridge for a while. And this is made with purple carrots.
Look at that beautiful. Color and black mustard seeds and salt and water you can put spices in if you like.
So this one looks like it’s just vinyl, most beautiful color. And this one is quite spicy.
This one has purple carrots chilies, garlic, some grains in there, some chickpeas, and a little bit of lemon juice salt.
How Do You Ferment Drinks?
“Just cover it up.
Once you chop your carrots and add crushed mustard seeds, salt and your water put them all in a container. You cover it up and put it on a sunny window shelf for 21 days or so.
I’ll just leave it in the room and I like to leave my contain 21 days or something like that, but you don’t have to leave it that long. It will become more and more mellow the carrots will leave all the color into the drink, that’s all natural.
You’re turning into a really sour rich in lactic acid drink that’s quite beneficial for your gut.”
For more information about our conversation, be sure to listen the podcast above or watch the video!
For another article I wrote about nutrition, you can read here “Passionate Food Scientist Explains Foods That Are Good For You and Food Label Lies“