Nicole Rangel, NTP
Hi, I'm Nicole Rangel!
I use food as medicine to support children and adults who struggle with anxiety, emotional dysregulation, ADHD and ADD. My passion is partnering with people & helping them overcome their struggles using the power of food. I believe that each person is biologically unique and that there is no “one-size fits all” diet: we have more control than we've been told when it comes to our health. Genetics does not equal destiny!
What is Nutritional Therapy?
Nutritional Therapy is a holistic wellness approach to health based on the scientific principle that whole, nutrient-dense foods support optimal health and vitality.
This may sound broad and a bit vague at first, so let’s break it down. Every human body is made up of trillions of cells. These cells are what make up our organs, muscles, blood, hair, skin, and every other part of our bodies. Each cell needs proper nourishment so that it can do its job correctly. To feed our cells we need to 1) eat nutrient-dense foods, 2) digest foods properly so they get broken down into molecules our cells can use, and 3) absorb the nutrients appropriately.
Nutritional Therapy focuses on uncovering nutritional deficiencies and/or absorption issues that are preventing your body from maintaining homeostasis (balance). Rather than focusing on suppressing symptoms, the focus is to address the root cause of the symptoms so that the body can function as intended.
What is Nutritional Therapy used for?
Nutritional Therapy can benefit people of all ages in achieving emotional and psychological well-being, optimum energy levels, healthy blood-sugar balance, gastrointestinal health, and hormonal balance. Although it has become common in our culture to “match a pill for every ill,” it has been repeatedly shown that nutrition and lifestyle approaches to healthcare can be more effective at supporting the long-term health of all the major systems of our body – digestive, endocrine, reproductive, skeletal, immune, muscular, nervous, cardiovascular, etc.
Diet is a huge contributor to mental health. Our bodies need certain nutrients in order to manufacture neurotransmitters (brain chemicals that communicate information throughout our brain and body). If we don’t consume, digest, and absorb the right nutrients, our internal communication system breaks down and we are left with an imbalance. Nutritional Therapy uses food and targeted supplementation to give the body what it needs to thrive, while also investigating foods or absorption issues that may be causing negative effects in the body.
In 2014, I began a journey. At the time, I just wanted to find the best way to nourish my kids. My daughter was about to begin kindergarten and my son was a toddler. I started by looking for better lunch & snack ideas for school. I was determined not to fall into the rut of packing the same 3 lunches on rotation. During my search, I quickly found a movement of families who were going “unprocessed.” I learned that reading a food label meant reading the ingredients rather than the nutrition facts, that sourcing your food is extremely important, and that people are healing from all sorts of diseases & illnesses by changing their diet and lifestyle. I became so enthralled with learning everything I could about the human body and nutrition that I decided to go back to school and get certified as a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP) through the Nutritional Therapy Association. As an NTP, I have had the pleasure of helping guide individuals and families on their own path to wellness using a holistic and gentle approach. It is an absolute privilege to be a part of each person’s journey and witness their transformation.
Areas of Focus
I am focusing my practice on helping those struggling with anxiety, emotional dysregulation, ADD and ADHD. The ‘food-mood’ connection is so true and powerful. I am saddened that too few are aware of the power they hold in their everyday food choices. One of my goals is to make this information well-known to everyone.
#1 – Drink More Water
Add natural electrolytes to your water for proper absorption, such as unrefined sea salt or a ‘clean’ electrolyte solution. Treat yourself to a new water bottle you LOVE to help set yourself up for success!
#2 – Make Sleep a Priority
Consistent quality sleep is proven to boost your immune system, mood, stress tolerance and overall energy. The average adult needs a minimum of 7 hours of sleep. Set a bed time and create a routine so it becomes a habit. It is best for your circadian rhythm to get to bed at roughly the same time each night.
#3 – Practice Intentional Breathing
Start building your stress resiliency by practicing breathing. For guidance, search 'box breathing' or '4 7 8 breathing' techniques. When faced with a stressful situation having a breathing exercise in your back pocket does wonders for you in 2 key ways: 1) You will respond in a more clear-headed, effective manner; and, 2) Your body will learn that it doesn’t have to pay the price for “life happening”.
5 Tips to Strengthen Your Immune System
It’s time to focus on empowerment and hope. In today’s climate of fear and uncertainty about COVID-19, there is a major component missing in the narrative being circulated. In our race to gather supplies, socially distance ourselves and wash hands and surfaces more prudently, we’ve forgotten to care for and fortify our secret weapon. I’m talking about our body and its amazing immune system!
It is important to follow the CDC guidelines for prevention, but here I want to focus on ways you can build a resilient and robust immune system. By properly caring for our bodies, we are able to fight off viruses and other pathogens we come into contact with daily. In the midst of the disruptions we are experiencing, let’s shift the focus to empowering ourselves and becoming more resilient. Below are my 5 tips to strengthen your immune system and build ongoing health resiliency.
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Services & Fees
I offer Nutritional Therapy for adults and children to either individuals or families. I also offer a Grocery Boot Camp where you can learn about sourcing quality foods. This is available as a group class or as a personal in-home consultation. Visit my website for more details: www.nicolerangelntp.com.
I am a fee-for-service provider, which means I do not accept insurance. Payment is due at time of service in the form of cash, check, or credit card. If using a Health Savings Accounts (HSA) I suggest confirming with your provider that the service is considered a qualified expense.
Depending on the service, my rates vary. Please visit my website for specific pricing: www.nicolerangelntp.com.