Is Bio-individuality Really Important?

by Kathy Anne Rodriguez
Is Bio-individuality Really Important?

I believe that understanding Bio-individuality is very important!  Especially when considering what diet you should be on, and the lifestyle choices you make. The diet that is near and dear to my heart is Whole Food Plant-based. When I began eating a plant-based diet, I felt so good that I wanted everyone to do it! After attending The Institute For Integrative Nutrition, I soon found out that this may not be possible.

Bio-individuality As One Of IIN’s Core Concepts

Bio-individuality is one of the core concepts taught by IIN. They believe that each person has very different and individual needs. According to IIN, just as we are all unique in mind, body, and spirit.  We are also unique in the things that support our health and happiness. When it comes to diet, lifestyle, and what makes you happy, what works for you won’t necessarily work for your family members, friends, or coworkers.

The founder of IIN, Joshua Rosenthal, often says, “One person’s food is another person’s poison.” In other words, IIN teaches that no one diet or lifestyle works for two people. They teach that health is complex and multidimensional. There are so many variables that everyone can’t have the same needs.

It’s not as simple as maintaining a healthy diet or exercise regimen; it is understanding that there’s a lot more to it than just making the “right choices.” You must experiment to find the right decisions for you as an individual – the right environment, diet, or workout that helps you thrive right now at this point in your life.

Why Can’t we all Be The Same?

So with the Whole Food Plant-based diet, some people just can’t do it for different reasons. For example, I have a very dear friend who has had colon cancer and has had part of her colon removed. She can’t handle the roughage of greens and certain fruits. It will make her so sick she will nearly pass out every time.

Another woman who wanted to go plant-based chose not to because she has heart problems and is on the drug called Warfarin. One of Warfarin’s side effects is blood clotting issues, or the lack thereof. She could have a stroke if she ate too many foods containing Vitamin K. It’s not impossible to be on Warfarin and eat plant-based. Still, it would be best if you were in very close communication with your doctor so he or she can titrate the dosage according to the number of greens or other Vitamin K containing foods you eat.

Bio-individuality In Terms Of Lifestyle Choices

Other people can probably relate to bio-individuality in their lifestyle choices; how we exercise is a great example. One woman may want to go for a walk outside, but the sun makes her break out in eczema from head to toe. It would be best for her to walk indoors at the gym. Another woman has no problem being in the sun all day and can go for a brisk walk outside anytime she pleases. Both of these women get exercise, but the way they do it meets their bio-individual needs.

Be Empowered To Make Your Own Choices!

Now that you understand more about bio-individuality, you can be empowered to make choices that will work best for your unique mind, body, and spirit.

If concepts like bio-individuality interest you and you would like to learn more ideas like this, you should consider taking a look at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Their Health Coach Training Program is the certification program that I took at IIN and an excellent choice for someone who has sincere concerns for others’ health needs and whose passion is to help people achieve their health goals.

Take a sample IIN class here.

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