One of the first questions often asked when receiving a nutrition plan is about the timeline of results. This, of course, is dependent on what system we are trying to correct, how chronic the condition has been and the client’s ability to stick to the plan. Here is a general list of some common results:
- Balancing blood sugar will begin to change immediately. In some cases, we must monitor closely, because medications may need to be weaned as we see glucose readings getting lower.
- Correcting insulin resistance takes more time as the body generates new healthier cells given the right nutrients and conditions. Lowering cortisol levels and inflammation are an important part of the equation.
- Weight loss can be drastic in the first week, if inflammation (water retention) was a factor and identified inflammatory triggers are cut.
- Digestive disorders are dependent on the condition and length of time suffering. Bowel movements, pain, gas and reflux can be corrected within 2-3 days once triggers are identified. Yeast overgrowth takes a minimum of 30 days to correct, but can take months if the immune system is weak or condition has been long-term. Feeling better from intestinal damage such as Crohn’s, celiac disease and diverticulitis can take months or years, although improvement should be felt along the way.
- Bone and joint issues, such as osteopenia, osteoporosis and arthritis can take 6 months to a year to see results, given the right nutrients. If autoimmunity is a factor, such as rheumatoid arthritis, then the digestive tract (immune system) must be corrected and healed as well (6-8 weeks).
Although many factors decide the timeline of seeing results, the takeaway here is that the body does have the ability to heal itself given optimal therapies. Success is always dependent on the client’s ability to invest in necessary lab testing, proper nutrients and determination.