The Importance of Good Nutrition
I consider nutrition to be one of the main pillars of health. You cannot out-medicate/supplement/exercise a poor diet. The nutrients obtained from the food we eat is broken down by the digestive system and used to power cells, repair tissues, and drive metabolic pathways. If you're looking to improve your health, the first place you should look is your food.
Nutrition is more important today than ever before. Due to the creation of mono-cropping on a large scale and the excessive use of synthetic chemicals and pesticides, our soils have been (and continue to be) depleted of nutrients. The USDA has even established areas considered food deserts due to their lack of easy access to nutritious whole foods, but abundance of processed unhealthy foods.
There are many diets and food trends being promoted on the internet, but not one diet is best for everyone at every time. The nutrient requirements necessary for infants are not the same nutrients needed for teens, young adults, post-menopausal women, and so forth. Finding the best diet for you may take a bit of time, but working with a practitioner 1-on-1 helps take the guess work out of it.
Food As Medicine
Taking basic nutrition a step further, we can actually use various foods in increased quantities to treat certain conditions. For example, one might recommend a diet rich in healthy fats to someone with low HDL ("good") cholesterol. Many people have heard of using ginger for an upset tummy or peppermint for migraines. There are many ways to use that which is available in our refrigerators and cabinets as a means of increasing vitality and fighting disease.
When Food Isn't Enough-
Supplements, IM Injections, and IV Therapy
There are certain times and certain conditions that require more nutrients than what we can get in our food. For example, vegans almost always require the use of vitamin B12. These folks might choose to take a B12 supplement orally or receive B12 injections on a weekly or monthly basis. Individuals with conditions that may lead to malabsorption, such as Celiac Disease or Crohn's, may find benefit in IV Therapy as this allows nutrients to bypass the gut. For others, they are taking medications which are known to deplete certain nutrients. Some of the more common examples include Metformin & B12, Statin drugs and CoQ10, and Prilosec and Calcium. HERE is a more comprehensive list you can download.
We do not offer IV Therapy at this time. If IV therapy is indicated, we have referrals available to provide this to our patients.