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It is important to keep in mind that good nutrition through the digestive tract is the foundation upon which your body exists. It is absolutely important to keep your lungs clear for optimal absorption of quality air, but our gut is the root of most health problems today. Our culture’s significant health problems are influenced by perceptions of stressors, pollution, and genetics, of course, but ultimately I believe they are strongly related to poor eating habits that can lead to poor digestion, malabsorption of nutrients from foods, vitamin deficiencies, food allergies and food sensitivities.
If your digestive tract struggles to get enough quality nutrients from the foods you give it, then it cannot feed all your body cells that drive healthy functioning for everything you do. Additionally, your digestive tract is home to an estimated 70-75% of your immune system that works hard to protect you from rogue cells and pathogens every single moment of every single day! If your gut is unhealthy, it has a major impact on your immune system leaving you susceptible to problems like autoimmunity and dementia.
At AcuPlus, I like to discuss diet and lifestyle with most patients because of the impact small improvements can have on their health. After an assessment of your diet, I make individual recommendations to improve your health through nutrition, supplements, and other lifestyle adjustments. Functional medicine nutritional assessments tests can be ordered as well to determine the state of your digestion, metabolism, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, parasites, candida and yeast imbalances, and toxin overloads. Having these tests are not required, but they can jumpstart a dietary change.
Today it is rare to get all of the nutrients from our diets that are required for us to function optimally. The way in which the foods are grown and processed is very different than it was 100 years ago. Collectively we have depleted our soils of nutrients. But we have also used pesticides that further degrade our food sources, ultimately making us toxic. Eating well becomes quite challenging. All I can say is try your best to find quality products that are as local as possible and toxin free.
Our lifestyles negatively impact our ability to eat well too. Listen, I can relate with having pressures and time constraints that can interfere with always preparing our own well balanced meals. But if you want to have better health sooner than later, I recommend re-evaluating your current habits and building new ones that fit your life.
Improved diet and nutrition specific to your constitution and health condition is extremely important in any successful treatment plan. Once you start eating better, you’ll start feeling better, and once you start feeling better, it’s pretty tough to want to feel anything but after that.
At AcuPlus, I offer easy access to quality GMP nutritional supplements through Fullscript. I can write you prescriptions for supplements based on your health plan with AcuPlus, and either give it to you to order the supplements or I can order them for you at the clinic. Either way, the supplements are delivered to your address of choice for convenience. Fullscript will also email you reminders for refills if that is part of the health plan. This eliminates the tiresome roving all over town to find the products I recommend, and allows me to have access to a broad range of quality products without having to keep an enormous amount of stock at the clinic.
Additionally, if meal plans are desired, I can help you choose plans through Allergy Free Menu Planners or Root Cause Recipes that suit your specific dietary requirements. This makes the beginning of diet changes much easier to implement.
Call AcuPlus today to schedule a free 15 min phone consultation to learn if my services are a great option for you!