Nutrition and naturopathy. Interview with

Nutrition and naturopathy. Interview with

When nutrition and naturopathy walk together, they trace a path that is worth taking in our turn. You never know, along the way, we could dispel some myths.

For this we have asked some questions a , PhD in "Food Sciences and Human Nutrition" (University of Perugia), qualified as "Expert in Methodology and Applications of Biomedical Research in Nutrition". After graduation, he obtained a three-year diploma in "Traditional Naturopathy", Free University of Applied Naturopathy - Rudy Lanza Institute.

Naturopath enrolled in the FNNHP (National Federation of Naturopaths Heilpraktiker Professionals) and nutritionist enrolled in the ONB (National Order of Biologists).

Recently, always within his constant and passionate training course in naturopathy, he had the opportunity to deepen the correlation between gastric problems, food intolerances, Australian Bush Flower Essence with iridological interpretation of the cases treated.


It struck us - The question posed by Hades on the threshold of the realm of the dead will be simple. Not "Who have you been?" but "What did you let pass through you?" - Christiane Singer, quote that she put at the top of the page dedicated to her studies on her personal website. Why this choice?

Because I find that the phrase represents a lot of my essence.

My course of study but also of spiritual research is oriented towards well-being: helping others to regain their balance, physically but also emotionally.

In a society that often reflects a superficial self-image, it is important to distinguish who we really are from who we identify with. Today, where health often rhymes with business, it is even more important inform people correctly and help them find the most suitable path for them, accompanying them towards complete psycho-physical well-being. 


Is the relationship with others a form of nourishment equal to food?

Le human relations allow us the comparison and growth enrich us, nourish us. It could be said that food does the same: the baby begins to explore the world by bringing objects close to his mouth. Both relationships and food, however, if experienced in a "distorted" key, can take on a different value and take the forms of a distance that we take from ourselves.


In May 2009 he graduated with a grade of 110/110 cum laude and with the thesis "Bone and Fat: Old Questions, New Insights", demonstrating a correlation between lipotoxicity induced by dysregulated visceral adipose tissue and bone tissue. Could you illustrate the basic argument of the thesis?

During the degree course I studied the Metabolic Syndrome: a cluster of abnormalities including high fasting blood glucose, hyperinsulinemia, high blood pressure, low HDL cholesterol, hypertriglyceridemia, and increased waist circumference.

In the metabolic syndrome plays a very important role visceral adipose tissue, because an "adiposopathy", that is an unregulated adipose tissue, leads to a state of lipotoxicity that involves organs such as the heart, muscles, liver and pancreas.
The cells of the adipose tissue (adipocytes) and those of the bone tissue (osteoblasts, which form new bone tissue) derive from the same "progenitor": mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs).

During the thesis I show that, through inflammation and aging, the differentiation of MSCs goes towards a greater production of adipocytes and a lower production of osteoblasts, with the result that adipose tissue increases and bone decreases. Furthermore, an excess of saturated fat affects this differentiation in a negative way. The thesis concludes by stating that theOsteoporosis could be considered one manifestation of metabolic syndrome. This correlation then became the subject of study by some professors who attended the discussion of my thesis, which, for its complexity and novelty of the subject, earned me praise!


Can dysmetabolic diseases be linked to lifestyle or is the factor that affects the most is hereditary?

Today we talk a lot about inheritance. Undoubtedly the hereditary factor is present, but I believe that it is above all the lifestyle that causes a genetic predisposition to manifest itself.


Many nutritionists, such as Hervé Grosgogeat, collect diabetes, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and other diseases under the definition of "silent inflammation", highlight a tangible link with nutrition and indicate foods that are not pro-inflammatory. What do you think?

I think today's nutrition is a real minefield! From my experience I have noticed how the body responds differently to the slightest variation in a food rather than another, all the more so if this is a pro-inflammatory food. And today, on our tables, there are so many! For this one proper food education - and information is critical!


In many cases, those who play sports find themselves following single-goal diets: increasing the protein intake to build more muscle mass. The result is often: more toxins to dispose of. Could you tell us something about this protein myth? 

That of the protein remains, in fact, a myth. I follow athletes for whom I have eliminated protein supplements (have you ever read their labels !?) and developed a diet suitable for their constitution by reducing the excessive protein intake to safeguard the work of very important organs such as the liver and kidneys.

They improved performance and increased muscle mass, while at the same time experiencing a greater feeling of well-being. This shows how the organism, in optimal conditions, is always able to respond in the right way!


You also wrote about another false myth, the calorie myth. The fulcrum on which his interesting article revolves rests on a question: is a simple reasoning with calorie addition and subtraction sufficient to explain a complex mechanism such as weight loss? We ask you if yes or, possibly, why not.

No, that's not enough, above all because, in addition to the reasoning based on the caloric calculation that I explain in the article, weight loss is part of complex reactions that take place in the body. It is important to reflect on the fact that the overweight is the result of an imbalance from various causes.

Il slimming as an end in itself therefore leads to nothing if not a superficial and often harmful work. In fact, toxins are deposited in the adipose tissue which, if not properly disposed of, return to the circulation and can end up depositing themselves in much more important organs.


Let's take the case of a sportsman who wants to follow a diet to replenish mineral salts lost with sweat. What must absolutely not be missing?

The diet in athletes, for a professional who works by exploiting the nutritional and metabolic power of food, is very complex and is built on his constitutional features. To begin with, I always recommend one "do it yourself" energizing drink which, unlike those on the market, has the advantage of being natural and therefore rich in mineral salts and vitamins readily bioavailable to be reintegrated.

If you prepare with juice of a grapefruit and a lemon, a little honey and a pinch of salt. Or you can combine a freshly squeezed orange juice and a banana. 


Have you read The China study? What do you think?

I haven't had a chance to read The China Study yet, they told me about it. In any case, I am convinced that a diet based mainly on foods of plant origin, with the right amount of nutrients, has an excellent effect on our health.


Before leaving us, we ask you for three dietary tips to live spring well and flow gently towards summer.

Spring is the season of renovation during which the old is thrown away to make room for the new. The organism, apparently more tired, is in reality releasing toxins and accumulated waste during the winter. We can accompany him in this purification preferring foods rich in vitamins and minerals, adding them to our diet with approx 5 portions of vegetables, seeds and fresh fruit, all strictly Seasonal.

You can also combine purifying teas, on the advice of our trusted herbalist, to drink at breakfast and during the day.

Last, but not least, one healthy physical activity: movement is a real panacea for the body, it promotes the elimination of toxins and the production of endorphins, the molecules of good mood!

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