Suzi Pick is a highly regarded and qualified Nutritional Therapist and Life Coach www.suzipick.co.uk. A patient at The London Centre for Cosmetic Dentistry, Suzi talks to us about what made her go into Nutritional Therapy, why some “health foods” aren’t as healthy as they would seem and gives us nutritional tips for keeping our smiles and breath healthy.
What made you go into Nutritional Therapy?
I’m Brazilian and a mother of three children; they are all dyslexic and had difficulty concentrating. With little help from the schools and doctors offering one size fits all medications, I had to find other ways to help them. With the assistance of a nutritional therapist, I started making adjustments to the kids’ diet and eventually I incorporated these changes into my own life.
Immediately I started sleeping better and having more energy during the day. What’s interesting is, I didn’t even notice I wasn’t sleeping well or had less energy until I started feeling better! This is what sparked my interest in Nutritional Therapy and many years later; I found the time to formally study it.
What is your Wise Health programme?
I truly believe that nutrition is the pathway to health, vitality and energy. As we are all unique, it’s difficult to find an “off the shelf” solution that will work, without much trial and error and luck.
That’s why I developed the Wise Health Nutritional Support Programme, to help my clients with their different levels of needs, on the path to better health. I work as a health detective, discussing in confidence their current health, the issues they are concerned with, their medical history, diet and lifestyle.
We discuss their health goals and objectives and I then put together a personalised Nutrition and Lifestyle Plan to suit my clients’ individual needs and lifestyle.
What’s your super food of the summer and why?
Superfoods, in my opinion, is just a marketing trick to persuade more people to buy certain products and it has become a multimillion-pound industry.
We are better off spreading our pennies further and stocking our fridge with a diverse range of fruits and vegetables that are seasonal and within budget. Focus on dark leafy vegetables, such as kale, spinach, parsley, cabbage and chard to name a few; they are packed with antioxidants, fibre and are especially rich in the B vitamins, which are essential for many processes in the body including the production of energy in our cells.
Any nutritional tips for keeping your smile healthy?
Well…first and foremost avoid sugar and processed foods!
Also, we should boost our vitamin D intake. It is great for healthy bones, teeth and muscles plus it is also vital for our gum health.
What are good/bad foods for your breath?
If you practise good dental hygiene – you brush your teeth twice a day, floss once a day and clean your tongue – then your bad breath could be connected to your diet, certain foods such as garlic, onions can cause temporary bad breath. However, as nutritional therapists, we are trained to look deeper and check our clients’ gut health.
If the balance between the good and bad bacteria in our gut is off, we may start to experience more than just digestive discomforts. Bad breath is a common symptom of Dysbiosis – an imbalance between the good and bad bacteria in our gut, as well as an overgrowth of yeast or Candida in the gut. We may even notice that our bad breath gets worse when we’ve eaten too much sugar. That’s because the yeast, Candida and bad bacteria feed on sugar and thrives when our diet is loaded with the sweet stuff.
What are the biggest dietary mistakes you see?
The assumption that gluten-free products are always healthy is one of the biggest mistakes I often see with my clients. So many gluten-free products are loaded with sugar, artificial sweeteners, artificial dyes and preservatives.
Read gluten-free products labels carefully!