Top Resources for the Holistic Nutrition Researcher |

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Holistic Nutrition research resources recommended by ACHS Librarian Ashley Ehmig.


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Holistic health is defined as "an approach to treating a person's wellbeing by taking into consideration all aspects of life. A long-term course of action includes emotional and spiritual health along with the physical body" [1]. I like to practice holistic health by taking care of myself mentally and physically by meditating, reading, daily exercise, and balanced meals. How do you take care of your body holistically? Do you have a routine?

One part of holistic health is holistic nutrition. Holistic nutrition is defined as “food that not only provides the energy needed to function in our daily lives, but constantly supplies the nutrients which are required to build and regenerate body tissue, bone, muscle, fat, and blood” [2]. 

Below, I have gathered a list of my top favorite holistic nutrition resources to share with you:

  1. PubMed Dietary Supplement Subset
    The Dietary Supplement Subset is a section of PubMed that is designed to limit search results to dietary supplements, including literature on minerals, vitamins, human nutrition, herbal and botanical supplements, and more. All searches are free and provide the same benefits as PubMed [3].
  2. USDA Food and Nutrition Information Center
    The Food and Nutrition Information Center (FNIC) is a subset of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). FNIC contains over 2500 reliable and current nutrition information and strives to provide access to resources researchers and health professionals can trust. Quick links on this site include information on Dietary Guidance, Lifecycle Nutrition, Diet and Health, Food Safety, Dietary Supplements, and more [4].
  3. Journal of Nutrition and Health Sciences
    The Journal of Nutrition and Health Sciences (JNHS) is an open access, peer-reviewed journal. This journal encompasses a full spectrum of nutrition resources, including current discoveries and developments. Significant areas of interest within this journal include Nutrition, Epidemiology, Nutritional Methodologies, Agriculture for Nutrition, Dietetics, Food Science, and more [5].
  4. is a website sponsored by the USDA. It offers credible information to assist you in making healthy eating choices. The website's material is written for both consumers and researchers and includes sections on Dietary Supplements, Food Assistance Programs, Nutrition and Health Issues, and more. Dietitian nutritionists and subject matter experts review all information on the website [6].

Do you have a favorite holistic nutrition resource? Feel free to share it with us. If you have any questions or need help researching holistic nutrition, email us at Thank you for reading!


[1,2]. Holistic Nutrition (n.d). What is holistic nutrition? Retrieved from

[3]. National Institutes of Health (n.d.). PubMed dietary supplement subset. Retrieved from

[4]. United States Department of Agriculture (n.d.). Food and nutrition information center. Retrieved from

[5]. Journal of Nutrition and Health Sciences (n.d.). Aims and scopes. Retrieved from

[6]. (2018, August 2). About us. Retrieved from

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Ashley Ehmig

Written By: Ashley Ehmig

Ashley received her Master of Library Science from Emporia State University, and her bachelors in general science from the University of Oregon. She has worked in libraries for seven years, including positions in academic libraries, continuing medical education, and medical archives. Ashley is passionate about providing information literacy through different technology platforms, and has an interest in instructional design and distance education. She loves working as a librarian and sharing her knowledge with others. In her free time, Ashley enjoys thrift shopping, reading in coffee shops, traveling, exploring new river spots (when it is warm), and hanging out with friends.