Food an­swer to heal­ing the body

Napier Courier - - NEWS - BY BRENDA VOWDEN brenda.vowden@nzme.co.nz

Heather Bar­row is the com­plete pack­age, bring­ing to­gether her love of fit­ness, nu­tri­tion and peo­ple into her life and work.

With a de­gree in so­ci­ol­ogy, pa­pers in anatomy and phys­i­ol­ogy and a diploma in nu­tri­tional sci­ence, Heather has the knowl­edge, ex­pe­ri­ence and en­thu­si­asm to head Food for Life, her new com­pany run from Gee’s Phar­macy in Taradale.

Heather orig­i­nates from Wash­ing­ton, DC and says from an early age she re­mem­bers be­ing in­ter­ested in nu­tri­tion.

Heather was the first Zumba in­struc­tor in the coun­try. She says she loves peo­ple and com­mu­ni­cat­ing — and dif­fer­ent groups of peo­ple.

“I’m in­ter­act­ing all the time so that comes in handy.”

She says she is see­ing the med­i­cal sys­tem be­come over­bur­dened, with clients telling her their is­sues haven’t been re­solved.

“I see blood re­sults that are flagged as high, but the client has had no feed­back.”

Heather’s goal is to get to the root of the prob­lem. Dur­ing an ini­tial one-and-a-half hour con­sul­ta­tion, she looks at the clients’ life­style, diet and body sys­tems, and does any nec­es­sary test­ing to see if the prob­lem may be a food al­lergy or hor­monal.

“There are a lot of stres­sors im­pact­ing the body sys­tems, es­pe­cially with chlo­ri­na­tion. I’m see­ing gut, skin and hor­monal is­sues,” Heather says.

She says peo­ple are sick and tired of be­ing sick and tired.

“Most peo­ple don’t re­alise how their bod­ies are de­signed to feel. It’s de­tec­tive work. Ev­ery­one is a unique puz­zle.”

Heather says she also sees a lot of peo­ple try­ing to lose weight.

“It’s such a joy to see peo­ple come in and I take their mea­sure­ments — they’re so elated.”

She be­lieves we can look to food to heal our bod­ies, although with de­pleted soil, some peo­ple need sup­ple­ments.

“Peo­ple don’t re­alise what we do as nu­tri­tion­ists. They will walk away with a wealth of in­for­ma­tion and a treat­ment plan that is unique to them. I cover all ar­eas of the body.”

Heather says the body gives sig­nals that it’s out of bal­ance and she asks a lot of ques­tions to pick up on the clues.

“All those symp­toms are the body talk­ing to you — ‘Hey, some­thing’s not right’. My job is to de­tect what the body is try­ing to says.”

■ Visit www.food­for­life.co.nz

PHOTO: PAUL TAY­LOR

Heather Bar­row at Gee’s Phar­macy in Taradale, where she runs her nu­tri­tion busi­ness Food for Life.

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